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Letting Biden off the hook

Hunter Biden with his father in 2016. Teresa Kroeger/Getty

If you think of The New York Times as a fair, impartial news source – no fear, no favour, that sort of thing – think again, says the New York Post. In October 2020, a month before the US election, we reported that Joe Biden’s son Hunter may have leveraged his father’s position to pursue business deals in Europe and Asia. Not only that, but he did so without registering with the government or declaring all his income. “All legitimate topics of discussion about a presidential candidate’s family, no?” Not according to The New York Times. Its editors pooh-poohed the bombshell from day one, happily swallowing the line from the Biden camp that this was an unsubstantiated non-story.

Until now, that is. With President Biden safely ensconced in the Oval Office, The New York Times has belatedly admitted that the evidence for the allegations was, in fact, real. The paper has even acknowledged that Joe Biden did meet an official at a gas company where his son was on the board – contrary to its original reporting. Nothing has changed about these stories; no new information has come to light. The NYT simply didn’t look into it in case they made their “preferred candidate” look bad. The next time you read about the lies of America’s right-wing media, just remember: the left aren’t saints themselves.