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Devine mysteries With its direct-to-DVD horror-film-from-2006 title and homoerotic photography exhibition cover, Laptop from Hell is the latest chapter in Miranda Devine's obsessive coverage of US President Joe Biden's son Hunter.

The book purports to tell the story of the laptop a "drug-addled" Biden abandoned at a Mac repair shop in 2019 and, in so doing, tell us "what China knows about the Bidens". It further claims a conspiracy by big tech and the media to suppress the awful truth about the first family.

But the laptop story has been knocking about for a while: back in 2020, then Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani shopped the story around, and after Fox News passed on it due to "credibility issues" (yep, that Fox News) he went to the New York Post because “either nobody else would take it, or if they took it they would spend all the time they could to try to contradict it before they put it out”.