The deputy manager of Biden’s 2020 campaign has blasted The New York Times in a letter sent to the paper’s executive editor. It appeared that the Times’ coverage on Biden’s involvement with his son’s overseas business dealings, specifically in regards to Ukraine, had upset the former vice president.
With President Donald Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president being put under a microscope, allegations of corruption have resurfaced against Biden, specifically that he allegedly withheld aid to Ukraine as the vice president in order to get a prosecutor fired who was investigating a company his son Hunter worked for.
The letter from the Biden camp took issue with The Times giving voice to people that could be considered right-leaning in their Biden/Ukraine coverage. The letter was sent out shortly after a piece by Peter Schweizer, who wrote the book “Clinton Cash,” co-wrote a story on the Ukraine controversy.
“What was especially troubling about the Times’s active participation in this smear campaign is that prior to its reporting on the subject by Ken Vogel, this conspiracy had been relegated to the likes of Breitbart, Russian propaganda, and another conspiracy theorist, regular Hannity guest John Solomon,” Kate Bedingfield wrote in the letter.
Schweizer was referred to as a “discredited right-wing polemicist.” While Schweizer argued Biden did nothing illegal, he added that what the former vice president did should be illegal.
“Despite voluminous work done by the independent press and fact-checkers — including some by The Times — to refute the heinous conspiracy theory that Donald Trump attempted to bully Ukraine into propping-up for him, the paper ran an op-ed by none other than Peter Schweizer, making more malicious claims about the Biden family,” Bedingfield wrote. “This leaves us with a critical question: are you truly blind to what you got wrong in 2016, or are you deliberately continuing policies that distort reality for the sake of controversy and the clicks that accompany it?”
The New York Times responded to the Biden letter by pushing back and saying their coverage of Biden has been fair.
“Our coverage of the Biden campaign and Hunter Biden has been fair and accurate,” a spokesperson for the company said.
The company stood up for the “Clinton Cash” author, saying their “Opinion” section invites voices who may disagree with others in the paper.
“The op-ed makes an argument that nonpartisan government watchdogs would make, arguing in favor of a law that would prohibit self-dealing by those with government connections,” the paper said in a statement.
Source: Fox News
The Biden campaign also reportedly sent letters to Twitter and Facebook requesting that ads promoting any theories about Biden’s alleged corruption tied to Ukraine not be run on the social media platforms. It seems the campaign’s mission at this point is to paint such accusations as fake news.
“Whether it originates from the Kremlin or Trump Tower, these lies and conspiracy theories threaten to undermine the integrity of our elections in America. It is unacceptable for any social media company to knowingly allow deliberately misleading material to corrupt its platform,” Biden press secretary TJ Ducklo said.
With the president putting more and more emphasis on Biden’s alleged corruption, it’s clear to see that the former vice president is beginning to sweat. Unlike Trump who has released the transcript from his phone call and openly pushed back against accusations of corruption in regards to Ukraine, Biden seemingly tried to suppress any and all voices who dissent from the narrative that he was a scandal-free vice president.
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