Headline RoundupApril 2nd, 2022

Mainstream Media Outlets Confirm Key Details of Hunter Biden Laptop Story

Summary from the AllSides News Team

A number of mainstream media outlets have released reports that authenticate some of the key details regarding the Hunter Biden laptop story.

The Washington Post (Lean Left bias) confirmed that executives from the CEFC energy company that's tied to the Chinese Communist Party "paid $4.8 million to entities controlled by Hunter Biden and his uncle," citing "emails contained on a copy of a laptop hard drive that purportedly once belonged to Hunter Biden." The Justice Department's federal tax investigation into Hunter Biden continues to develop as prosecutors sift through his finances and previous business endeavors. The New York Post (Lean Right bias) first published a story on Biden's emails in Oct. 2020, and the story was subject to some censorship by social media platforms and tech companiesThe New York Times (Lean Left bias) also recently acknowledged the authenticity of the emails after casting doubt on the report as recently as last September. Communications director Kate Bedingfield confirmed Thursday that the White House continues to "stand by" President Biden's claim that his son didn't make money from unethical foreign business deals. 

Some left-rated outlets such as Vox (Left bias) downplay the relevance of the Hunter Biden laptop story to Joe Biden's presidential election, emphasizing that "the real objection from conservatives is that they didn’t get the narrative they liked out of the mainstream media." The Daily Wire (Right bias) and other right-rated outlets were more likely to highlight how Joe Biden said "nothing was unethical" about Hunter’s business dealings with China during a 2020 debate with former President Donald Trump.

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