NYT Quietly Deletes Article Claiming Hunter Biden Laptop Story Was 'Unsubstantiated'
The New York Times article was later altered, with no note from the editor
Left-leaning newspaper, The New York Times, has deleted its article claiming that the New York Post story on Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden's business dealings was “unsubstantiated.”
The outlet reported on a Federal Election Commission decision that dismissed a Republican complaint that violated election laws by blocking the story from being shared.
The New York Times post on the report read:
“The Federal Election Commission has dismissed Republican accusations that Twitter violated election laws in October by blocking people from posting links to an unsubstantiated New York Post article about Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son Hunter Biden.”
A tweet from NYT's main account called the New York Post's article “unsubstantiated."
Shane Goldmacher, New York Times national political reporter, wrote the initial draft, similarly called it “unsubstantiated.”
Hours later, the New York Times publishes an update to an article that removes the word "unsubstantiated" when talking about a New York Post article on Hunter Biden that was the subject of an FEC complainthttps://t.co/0SmUyIdP70 pic.twitter.com/FD7EpAEP3O— Daniel Chaitin (@danielchaitin7) September 13, 2021
But neither tweet was deleted.
The New York Times article was later altered, with no note from the editor.
The rewrite of the article is substantial when compared to the original version.
The new version removed the “unsubstantiated” claim and other significant details from the article.
The full version of the original report may not have been easy to track down if screenshots were not taken earlier.
“Twitter decided briefly last fall to block users from posting links to an article about Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son Hunter," the revised report says.
The word “unsubstantiated” is defined as “having no basis in reason or fact."
"It wasn't 'unsubstantiated,'" conservative radio host Dana Loesch said in a tweet.
"The media's catering to the Bidens is an in-kind contribution."
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Emma Vaughn said the group was “weighing its options for appealing this disappointing decision from the FEC.”
An October complaint from the RNC alleged:
“Through its ad hoc, partisan oppression of media critical of Biden, [Twitter] is making illegal, corporate in-kind contributions as it provides unheard-of media services for Joe Biden’s campaign.”
The New York Post report said the publication received a copy of a laptop and hard drive from Rudy Giuliani believed to be owned by Hunter Biden.
Giuliani said he obtained the hard drive from John Paul MacIsaac's computer shop in Delaware.
The store owner also provided a copy to the FBI after it was left for repair by Hunter Biden in April 2019.
The emails showed evidence of Hunter Biden meeting with Burisma Holdings adviser Vadym Pozharskyi and Joe Biden, who was vice president.
The newspaper also reports on Biden's financial dealings with shady Chinese businessmen.
When the New York Post tried to post its articles on Twitter, it was given a warning it had violated its rule against sharing "hacked" materials.
Then Twitter and Facebook limited the article's sharing for a long period.
The Daily Mail also reported on emails showing Hunter Biden organizing an April 2015 dinner at Georgetown's Café Milano with a guest list featuring several international figures, including Pozharskyi.
In an email from March 2017, Hunter Biden said of the dinner, “Dad will be there but keep that btw us for now.”
Pozharskyi sent Hunter Biden an email on April 17, 2015, saying:
“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together.”
Joe Biden's presidential campaign denied knowledge of the meeting based on "Biden’s official schedules from the time."
However, former senior advisers later conceded:
“It's technically conceivable that Pozharskyi would have approached Biden on the sidelines of some broader U.S.-Ukraine event."