White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki shut down a journalist trying to drag her down a rightwing rabbit hole by simply telling him that she has “neither time nor interest” to discuss a conspiracy theory with him.
“My colleague Miranda Devine has a new book out called The Laptop from Hell and I was hoping that you could confirm that the laptop is indeed authentic and not Russian disinformation as you seemed to suggest in Twitter last year,” said New York Post reporter Steven Nelson at the White House press briefing today.
He was referring to a laptop that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden’s adult son, that was given to the New York Post in 2019 by one of Donald Trump’s attorneys, Rudy Giuliani. Hunter Biden’s business deals have been the fodder of conspiracy theories for years and got extensive coverage in conservative media in the run-up to the election, even though the contents of the laptop “didn’t prove much,” according to Politifact.
But The Daily Mail published nude pictures of Hunter Biden found on the laptop and proof of drug use, which Hunter Biden had already publicly discussed. Devine’s book claims that the laptop contained “dirty secrets” that “almost derailed his father’s presidential campaign” but was covered up by the media, despite the laptop getting outsized coverage in rightwing media like the New York Post.
“Well, on the first, the president’s son is not an employee of the federal government,” Psaki told Nelson, a point she has made in the past to conservative journalists trying to discuss Hunter Biden’s business deals, “so I’d point you to his representatives.”
“And, as it relates to the book, I neither have the time nor interest in exploring or reading the book.”
Psaki called on another reporter while Nelson tried to shout out a follow-up question.
“I think I answered your question,” Psaki said pointedly. “You can go to the representative of the person who’s not an employee of the federal government.”
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