Headline RoundupMarch 17th, 2022

Federal Probes of Hunter Biden Continue; NYT Confirms Laptop After Casting Doubt

Summary from the AllSides News Team

As the Justice Department and federal prosecutors continue their investigations into Hunter Biden, a laptop with files containing potential evidence against him continues to fuel biased news coverage.

In a Thursday report on the investigations into Biden's international business dealings and work with Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, the New York Times said that prosecutors reviewed a collection of emails "from a laptop abandoned by Mr. Biden in a Delaware repair shop." The laptop was reported by the New York Post in October 2020, and fueled criticism of Biden from the right and conservative media. Conversely, the Times cast doubt on the laptop's existence, and Twitter and Facebook initially limited sharing of the Post report over accuracy concerns. The Times described the Post's reporting on the laptop as "unsubstantiated" in September 2021, before removing that word from its article without explanation. Some emails from the laptop reportedly reviewed by investigators include correspondence about an alleged 2015 meeting attended by Hunter Biden, then-Vice President Joe Biden and a Burisma executive. Biden hasn't yet been charged with any crime.

Many right-rated sources, as well as Mediaite (Lean Left bias), called out the Times for acknowledging the laptop after previously framing its existence as questionable. Many also highlighted White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki deflecting questions about the laptop Thursday and how Psaki and Joe Biden previously described the laptop story as "Russian disinformation." Aside from Mediaite and CNBC (Center bias), few left and center sources reported recently on Hunter Biden.

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