- MRC NEWS BUSTERS - Joseph Vazquez - MAR 28, 2022 -
Analysis: Fact-Checkers Fail to React to New Facts on Hunter Biden Emails
So-called fact-checkers should be eating crow following authentication of the emails from Hunter Biden’s notorious laptop by The New York Times. But a new analysis shows they’re being as brazen as ever by not updating old articles challenging the credibility of the story.
Leftist fact-checkers like FactCheck.org, PolitiFact and Lead Stories published stories within the past two years that tried to take down the New York Post bombshell. The outlets did this by either referring to the story as coming from “questionable sources;” labeling the emails as “unverified” or outright doubting their authenticity.
The Times reported that emails from a cache discovered on Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop in Delaware “were authenticated by people familiar with them” and tied the documents to an ongoing federal investigation. It has been 12 days since The Times released its report on the Biden laptop, and FactCheck.org, PolitiFact and LeadStories still haven't updated certain articles on the matter.
All three outlets are fact-checking partners with liberal Big Tech giant Meta, which is the parent company of both Facebook and Instagram.
FactCheck.org was arguably the worst of the three in a story headlined, “Trump Revives False Narrative on Biden and Ukraine.” The outlet castigated former President Donald Trump for citing the Post “to revive his widely discredited claim that Biden ‘went to Ukraine and threatened to withhold $1 billion in aid if they did not fire the prosecutor that was investigating his son and the company that his son worked for.’” FactCheck.org ripped Trump for citing “unverified emails that were allegedly obtained in a bizarre way by his own lawyer.” [Emphasis added.]
In addition, the phony fact-check spun that this wasn’t the first time Trump was cited “using material obtained from questionable sources.” It even tried to smear the whole story as part of an elaborate scheme by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani working with foreign contacts “to obtain information damaging to Biden.” Now that The Times verified the “unverified emails,” FactCheck.org still has yet to update its story saying otherwise. [Emphasis added.]
Lead Stories in particular, targeted an “exclusive” Daily Caller story on one of the laptop emails considered to be the “smoking gun” in the Post story. The Daily Caller said in a tweet of its story that a cybersecurity expert concluded the “@nypost's smoking gun April 2015 Hunter Biden email from a Burisma executive discussing an introduction to then-Vice President Joe Biden is 100% authentic.”