New York Post not shrinking quietly, fights back over Hunter Biden scandal

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On its editorial page, the New York Post is fighting back against the attempts by the pro-Biden, liberal corporate media to discredit or ignore its massive scoop about alleged overseas influence peddling by the Biden family as contained in a series of emails purportedly found on Hunter Biden’s laptop that was abandoned at a Delaware repair shop. “Much of the push to ignore The Post’s drop of Hunter Biden’s e-mails centers on the charge that it’s all ‘unverified.’ The claim is more excuse than truth,” the editors declared.

Twitter has even gone so far as to lock the Post’s Twitter account after it published the allegations and also temporarily suspended the accounts of those who tried to share the Post’s Biden reporting on social media platforms.

In an essay by the newspaper’s editorial board, the Post took its critics to task for, in its view, hypocritically insisting that the emails in question are unverified, given the way that breathless, anti-Trump media outlets have operated during the past four years.

“It’s particularly rich that The New York Times has fixated on the ‘unverified’ excuse, since it’s spent much of the Trump era offering supposed dirt from anonymous sources — which, by definition, makes the info unverifiable…

“More significantly, this is true of the Times and Washington Post reporting that built vast hysteria over ‘Russiagate’ in the administration’s first days…And all of it rooted in ‘opposition research’ commissioned by Hillary Clinton’s campaign, or third-hand gossip retained by Clinton partisans in the Obama administration.

The Post also recalled, for example, how news outlets that are now demanding meticulous sourcing immediately ran with the anonymously-sourced lurid yarn that President Trump disparaged U.S. troops even though numerous witnesses — including Trump critic John Bolton — went on the record to debunk the story.

As the Post is alluding to, the media in the Trump era has tended to rush out single-sourced/anonymously-sourced content — Trump would call it fake news — that makes the president or his administration look bad.

Within a few hours or a day or so, to the credit of savvy Internet sleuths and others engaged in real journalism, many of these stores were edited, clarified, walked back, and even retracted entirely, but by then the damage was done.

The key point perhaps made by the editorial board is that Team Biden has not yet denied the essence of the Post’s bombshell reporting.

“[M]neither Hunter nor Joe Biden has even questioned the fact that the drive is real — they merely dismiss the entire line of questioning, while charging that The Post has an agenda in presenting it to the world….The Biden campaign’s response, notably, is not that an e-mail from a Burisma official thanking Hunter for an introduction to his father isn’t real, it’s that said meeting doesn’t show up on Joe’s ‘official’ schedules. Pressed by Politico, the campaign acknowledged that they couldn’t say for certain if Joe Biden had met him casually.”

The partisan media abruptly decided to raise its standards once the Hunter Biden story broke, the Post concluded:

“Now, suddenly, with a trove of information — which, again, the Bidens aren’t even claiming is false — these same outlets want to ask endless questions about the chain of evidence. A chain of evidence that The Post has been up-front and open about. Desperate for Biden to win, they want to sink the story with innuendo rather than actually report on it. Don’t ask too many questions, and you can dismiss it all as ‘unverified.'”

 

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