Harvard pulls the plug on disinformation research project led by Hunter Biden laptop skeptic

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Harvard's Kennedy School of Government announced Thursday that it will unopen down its years-long "misinformation" investigation program, parting ways pinch nan program's head who was notably skeptical of nan Hunter Biden laptop story.

The head of Harvard's Shorenstein Center connected Media, Politics, and Public Policy, announced successful an email obtained by Semafor that nan Technology and Social Change Project, which studied disinformation online, was being unopen down for what nan outlet referred to arsenic "bureaucratic reasons."

"The Kennedy School’s opinionated argumentation is that each investigation projects must beryllium led by a afloat module member. While location tin beryllium constricted exceptions, those can’t proceed indefinitely without a module personnel arsenic nan main task leader and world head," nan head wrote. 

The announcement intends that Harvard will beryllium parting ways will Dr. Joan Donovan, who has led nan task since its inception successful 2019 to "help newsroom leaders conflict misinformation and media manipulation." Donovan has go a champion of Democrats who've echoed her warnings astir nan dangers of alleged misinformation connected societal media from members of nan right.

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Harvard banners bent extracurricular Memorial Church connected nan Harvard University field successful Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Harvard banners bent extracurricular Memorial Church connected nan Harvard University field successful Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Fein/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Among nan lawsuit studies spearheaded by Donavan was an appraisal of nan media's sum surrounding nan infamous Hunter Biden laptop story, which was published by nan New York Post aft President Biden's son's missing laptop turned up successful a Delaware repair shop. The laptop contained dozens of damning emails from his clip astatine nan Ukrainian power institution Burisma.

Like galore left-wing media outlets, commentators and academics astatine nan time, Donavan appeared dismissive of nan story, questioning its reliability.

In an evident reference to Big Tech’s suppression of nan story, nan New York Times reported Donavan's task concluded that nan media's guidance to nan revelations offered "an instructive lawsuit study connected nan powerfulness of societal media and news organizations to mitigate media manipulation campaigns." 

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But moreover aft nan Times and others confirmed nan authenticity of nan younger Biden's laptop and acknowledged that it was prematurely dismissed – successful galore cases –  as "Russian disinformation," Donavan seemingly remained skeptical.

In a tweet from April 2022, Donavan refers to nan Hunter Biden laptop arsenic a "straw man."

"Me and @cwarzel Looking astatine nan contented connected nan Hunter Biden Laptop, nan astir celebrated straw man mobility astatine #Disinfo2022," she wrote, alongside a photo, successful which she and Charlie Warzel, a unit writer for The Atlantic, displayed exaggerated skeptical expressions.

The New York Times and The Washington Post some yet verified Hunter Biden's laptop aft large tech dismissed nan New York Post's bombshell reporting during nan 2020 statesmanlike election.

The New York Times and The Washington Post some yet verified Hunter Biden's laptop aft large tech dismissed nan New York Post's bombshell reporting during nan 2020 statesmanlike election. (Getty images  |  New York Post)

On nan time of nan 2020 statesmanlike election, during nan Harvard Kennedy School podcast PolicyCast, Donavan expressed uncertainty astir nan Hunter Biden laptop story. 

"The sourcing of nan laptop being dropped disconnected successful Delaware astatine a lonely repairman's shop that's just... If you tin complaint $85 for fixing a surgery laptop, I want to cognize you. It's a surgery laptop, right? So, nan sourcing of it conscionable stinks of tradecraft. It stinks of a drop. And galore cyber-security professionals are waiting for an opportunity to forensically analyse nan contents of this difficult drive," she said.

Later connected successful nan podcast, Donavan said earlier stories astir Hunter were being repeated successful blimpish media but weren't being reported successful different outlets, truthful she predicted an esclatiaon of strategies would happen. 

"What we spot arsenic researchers erstwhile they're trying to make a communicative hap clip and clip again, and it doesn't, past you commencement to spot nan intensification and adjustment of tactics. So, we beautiful overmuch expected much and different styles of attack, including a leak, but was really suspicious of it, is you've sewage personification pinch millions of dollars. He can't spend Geek Squad astatine Best Buy to travel to his location for nan laptop that he's grounds of crimes on? I mean, it's really difficult to believe," Donavan said. 

Hunter Biden's laptop was astatine nan halfway of a Big Tech censorship run successful 2020.

Hunter Biden's laptop was astatine nan halfway of a Big Tech censorship run successful 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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Her announced Harvard departure comes arsenic Hunter Biden appeared to admit that nan laptop astatine nan halfway of a national investigation belongs to him successful a caller missive from his lawyers, prompting wide disapproval of mainstream media organizations and salient voices who were speedy to constitute it off.

Yael Halon is simply a newsman for Fox News Digital. Story tips tin beryllium sent to [email protected]

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