Dem Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called the biggest scandal since Watergate a 24-hour hiccup today trying to defend the indefensible. The GOP grilled ex-Twitter executives today about how they censored Americans at the behest of government or quasi-government agencies.
Speaking about the Hunter Biden laptop story AOC said: “Political operatives are weaponizing the use of this committee. A whole hearing about a 24-hour hiccup in a right-wing political operation.
“That is why we are here right now. It’s an abuse of public resources and an abuse of public time. We’re talking about Hunter Biden’s half fake laptop story? This is an embarrassment. We could be talking about health care, bringing down the cost of Rx drugs, abortion rights, voting rights, civil rights, but instead we’re talking about Hunter Biden’s laptop story.”
The Free Beacon fact-checked AOC and gave her 4 Clintons:
AOC complains that the Oversight committee is “talking about Hunter Biden’s half fake laptop story.”
“A whole hearing about a 24 hour hiccup in a right-wing political operation … it’s just an abuse of public resources and an abuse of public time.” pic.twitter.com/rb4DONhWC2
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) February 8, 2023
Context: The House Oversight Committee, led by Republican Rep. James Comer (Ky.), is investigating whether Twitter inappropriately aided the Biden campaign by suppressing the New York Post’s bombshell story about the laptop, which included information about Hunter Biden’s shady foreign business deals and attempts to cash in on his father’s political position.
A former senior Twitter official told the committee on Wednesday that the company initially suspected the Post’s story was based on “Russian disinformation,” an allegation that was also promoted by many Biden supporters.
This claim was later found to be baseless, and the former Twitter official said he now believes the censorship was a “mistake.”
Analysis: Twitter blocked users from sharing the Post’s article almost immediately after it was published on Oct. 14, saying it had concerns about the “origins of the materials” and citing the company’s anti-hacking policy.
The social media site also froze the Post’s Twitter account on Oct. 14 after the paper tweeted and refused to delete a link to its article.
Twitter lifted the link ban and allowed users to tweet the article two days later, on Oct. 16. The social media site refused to reinstate the Post’s Twitter account until Oct. 30, however—16 days after the article was initially posted.
AOC refers to Hunter Biden laptop story as “a 24-hour hiccup”
“We’re talking about Hunter Biden’s half fake laptop story? “
AOC-We would love to know whats “half fake” abt a laptop confirmed by Hunter to be real/Twitter intentionally suppressing the story to swing an election pic.twitter.com/3DQjiWDs3g
— CaitlinSinclairTV (@CSinclairtv) February 8, 2023
Sixteen days is longer than 24 hours, so AOC’s claim that the censorship was a one-day “hiccup” is not accurate.
Furthermore, Twitter’s actions fed into the now-debunked claim that the Post’s report was based on “Russian disinformation,” discouraging many Americans from taking the news seriously in the crucial days leading up to the election.
This claim likely caused additional damage that carried on long after the company lifted its official bans.
Verdict: We rate this claim 4 Clintons.
AOC calls Twitter’s censoring of the Hunter Biden laptop story “a 24-hour hiccup in a right-wing political operation.”
“We’re talking about Hunter Biden’s half fake laptop story? This is an embarrassment!” pic.twitter.com/VIEnQWWtUf
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) February 8, 2023
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