Earlier this month, the New York Post ran a story about the contents of a laptop purportedly belonging to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's son, Hunter. President Donald Trump and his allies allege that Hunter Biden used his father's influence to secure lucrative deals with foreign businesses.
The contents were supplied by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, who says he got them from a laptop repair store worker.
Far-right Fox host Tucker Carlson continued to push the narrative that Hunter Biden worked with his father to secure corrupt foreign deals. He claimed to have accessed damning documents backing up the claims, but said they got lost in the mail.
Carlson told viewers that he'd had a producer in New York send him the documents through a name-brand mail carrier to Los Angeles, but claimed that the box containing the documents had been opened and emptied without being delivered.
"The company's security team interviewed every one of its employees who touched the envelope we sent ... they combed the entire cavernous sorting facility. They used pictures of what we had sent, so that searchers would know what to work for. They went far and beyond, but they found nothing. Those documents have vanished. As of tonight, the company has no idea and no working theory even about what happened to this trove of materials, documents that are directly relevant to the presidential campaign just six days from now."
Carlson's conspiratorial implication that someone stole his treasured documents was widely mocked.
People invoked the proverbial dog.
The Trump campaign was likely hoping that the so-called scandal would present to Biden the same vulnerabilities that 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton faced when the FBI announced a development in the investigation of her emails just days before Election Day.
It doesn't seem like the public is buying it.