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Politics The anatomy of the New York Post's dubious Hunter Biden story

01:05  19 october  2020
01:05  19 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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The New York Post ' s sourcing has raised questions about the authenticity of the files, which the paper obtained from Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Facebook and Twitter are choking the spread of a controversial New York Post story about Hunter Biden after questions arise about its veracity and a

We have learned from the New York Post story that Hunter seems to have arranged a meeting between a Burisma executive and Joe Biden in 2015. Jim Hoft is the founder and editor of The Gateway Pundit, one of the top conservative news outlets in America.

Last week, the New York Post published a dubious story about Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Hunter Biden wearing a suit and tie: MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 20: In this screenshot from the DNCC's livestream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, addresses the virtual convention on August 20, 2020. The convention, which was once expected to draw 50,000 people to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is now taking place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by DNCC via Getty Images) (Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images) © Handout/Getty Images/DNCC MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 20: In this screenshot from the DNCC's livestream of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, addresses the virtual convention on August 20, 2020. The convention, which was once expected to draw 50,000 people to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is now taking place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by DNCC via Getty Images) (Photo by Handout/DNCC via Getty Images)

The Post story claims Hunter Biden helped arrange a meeting between Joe Biden and an executive at a Ukrainian energy company Burisma in April 2015. The series of stories contained hacked materials and personal email addresses, so Twitter initially prevented people from posting links to the article, sending it via direct message and retweeting it.

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Get the latest hunter biden news, articles, videos and photos on the New York Post . Hunter Biden ’s emails and texts show not just a politician’s troubled son angling for lucrative overseas Conservative: ‘Nothing To See’ of Biden After The Post ’ s story about a Burisma adviser’s e-mail

" The New York Post never asked the Biden campaign about the critical elements of this story moreover, we have reviewed Joe Biden ' s official schedules from the time and no meeting, as alleged by the New York Post , ever took place." Trump has routinely brought up Hunter Biden at

As CNN's Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter noted on "Reliable Sources" Sunday, "We are not talking about fully reliable sources here," referring to the New York Post's story.

Yet the story behind the story is a familiar one: The Post said it was tipped off to the story by former Trump Administration staffer and former head of Breitbart Steve Bannon. A hard drive containing the emails was supplied by former New York Mayor and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, according to the Post. (Giuliani incidentally has openly coordinated with a known Russian agent to promote disinformation about the Bidens.) A former producer for Sean Hannity's Fox News show co-wrote some of the stories for the Post. Giuliani then went on Fox News to discuss the story, and President Donald Trump has been tweeting and discussing it for days.

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New York Post . Share this “What we know for a fact is that Hunter Biden took millions of dollars from foreign nationals including, the wife of the former Mayor of Moscow, people tied to the Chinese Communist Party and other unsavory characters.

CNN hasn't been able to authenticate emails and the New York Post declined to comment.

"This is a classic example of the right-wing media machine," Stelter said. "Fox and Trump have this in common: They want you to stay mad and stay tuned."

The story is a "manufactured scandal," Stelter said, meant to feed "whataboutism" -- an opportunity for the right-wing media to shift the conversation from Trump's record to Biden's.

"The strategy is to deflect attention, to attack the opponent, and the same propaganda pipeline is there all the time," said Yochai Benkler, a professor at Harvard Law School told Stelter on "Reliable Sources" Sunday.

Benkler noted that when Hillary Clinton's emails, and the FBI investigation into her handling of classified information that ultimately recommended no charges, and the Clinton foundation became the subject of right-wing media talking points, serious journalists dug into her emails.

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of a New York Post story containing bombshell information indicating that — contrary to his previous denials — Joe Biden allegedly did meet with an adviser Twitter followed suit soon after, labeling links to the story “unsafe.” The story made the front page of the Post , which also reveals that the Senate

A search for “ NY Post hunter biden emails” showed an early autocomplete result after only part of query was typed in. The top two results were links to the latest New York Post story on the topic. On YouTube, Google’ s video site, a version of the Post story from the newspaper’ s account had over 97


Video: Stelter addresses the media critique he hears most often (CNN)

"I think, this time, unlike what we saw with Clinton, where serious journalists fell for the Bannon-produced Clinton Foundation nonsense trivially, where serious journalists dug into the e-mails, and Gallup shows us, the only thing people thought about when they thought about Clinton was e-mails and foundation,"

Right-wing media is trying for the same strategy again as Election Day grows closer.

But unlike previous "closing argument" stories, the media world has largely ignored the Post's Hunter Biden story.

"They're so confident that the story's just going to be too much fun for serious journalists not to pick up," Benkler said. "They're trying to produce it now, but the media at the moment -- major professional media -- doesn't seem to be falling for it."

That might be because the details of the story have been denied by a credible former Joe Biden staffer and the Biden campaign, and US authorities are investigating whether the emails are part of an ongoing Russian disinformation effort.

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As a New York Post story claiming Biden scion Hunter had introduced his father to a Ukrainian energy executive less than a year before the Biden campaign responds to the NY Post story . Critically they only say that such a meeting never took place and do not challenge the veracity of the

New York Post . Share this Notice Biden campaign not denying Post ' s scoop facts on Hunter Biden 's sleaze. Biden , who graduated from the Syracuse University College of Law, said he was the first in his family to go to college, but he admitted to the New York Times in 1987 that that wasn’t true

It doesn't help that the source of the story is truly bizarre: A laptop repairman in Delaware claims he copied the emails from what he says was Hunter Biden's laptop after a person claiming to be Hunter Biden brought it into the shop in April of 2019.

The repairman has contradicted himself several times in interviews: The Post reported the repairman "couldn't positively identify the customer as Hunter Biden," and said someone claiming to be Biden brought it in.

Stelter called the Post's story "political entertainment," written by a newspaper run by Rupert Murdoch and promoted by another Murdoch property: Fox News, which Stelter called "a producer of this serialized drama."

Anne Applebaum, staff writer at The Atlantic and author of "Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism," noting that Joe Biden's legacy in Ukraine is about promoting democracy, rule of law and creating a better legal system, said, "There's no 'there' there."

Hunter Biden has in the past admitted to poor judgment about his ties to Burisma.

Conservative media might have another reason to push the Hunter Biden story, notes The Daily Beast's editor-in-chief Noah Shachtman, and it has little to do with Trump winning reelection.

Last week, The Daily Beast reported that Murdoch is predicting a landslide win for Biden. So why run the Biden story if they think Trump's election chances are doomed?

"They're positioning themselves for the next few years where they can be the kind of conservative resistance to Biden," Shachtman said.

Questions Joe Biden Hasn't Yet Answered About Hunter Biden Controversy .
With less than two weeks remaining until Election Day, several questions remain about Joe Biden's alleged involvement in his son's overseas business dealings.During Thursday's final presidential debate, Joe Biden continued his blanket denials of any wrongdoing, supported by a Republican-led corruption investigation that concluded last month. According to the report from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Senate Committee on Finance, there was no evidence of wrongdoing by Joe Biden in connection to his son's business dealings while the elder Biden served as vice president.

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