A pro-Trump writer at the Wall Street newspaperFormer Vice President Joe Biden’s opinion section on Thursday night published a convoluted column claiming that recently released text messages proved former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter was involved in an alleged agenda fee-for-service with her father and a Chinese energy company.
But a few hours later, journalists from the Wall Street newspaper published their own story which appeared to categorically reject the opinion piece’s findings, saying a review of the documents by the newspaper revealed “no role for Joe Biden.”
Both NewspaperThe Opinion Section and Direct News Operations published their dueling stories based on text messages shared with the newspaper by Anthony Bobulinsky, a businessman involved in a scuttled business with Hunter Biden in 2017 involving a Chinese oil company .
At a press conference Thursday ahead of the second and final presidential debate, Bobulinsky claimed to have received text messages on multiple phones showing Joe Biden in a discussion with his son about a business venture with a Chinese energy company.
In his opinion piece on Thursday, Kim Strassel argued that despite the fact that the messages were sent after Joe Biden left and before he launched his presidential campaign, the texts showed that Hunter Biden was “taking advantage of the name of Biden ”and that“ Joe Biden was involved ”in the plan.
“The former vice president operates on trust and good judgment. The Hunter Tale is at best the story of a wayward son and an indulgent father. At worst, this is an example of the entire Biden clan taking advantage of their name with an American rival, ”she wrote.
Strassel wrote that according to the posts, one of Hunter Biden’s business partners at the company told Bobulinski, “Don’t mention that Joe is involved, it’s only when you’re face to face. She also said that some posts referring to an anonymous business partner were references to the former vice president.
But according to the the Wall Street newspaperStrassel’s own reports did not show the fee-for-service system presented by Strassel.
“Company-related text messages and emails that were provided to the Journal by Mr. Bobulinski, primarily in the spring and summer of 2017, show neither Hunter Biden nor [Joe’s brother] James Biden discusses Joe Biden’s role in the company ” Newspaper wrote journalists Andrew Duehren and James T. Areddy.
the Newspaper noted that Bobulinski said Hunter Biden appeared to refer to his father as a potential business partner in a series of text messages, allegedly calling him a “big guy.” Biden’s team denied that the former vice president was ever involved in any business ventures with his son and released his tax returns, which the campaign says show no business relationships with foreign companies.
The attempt to shine a light on Hunter Biden’s scuttled business dealing with a Chinese energy company is part of a latest attempt by the Trump campaign and its allies to recreate the drama of the Clinton email scandal that helped propel Trump to the White House. .
Earlier this week, the New York Post published an article with the alleged content from Hunter Biden’s laptop, which was provided to the tabloid by Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. As The New York Times reported, the article lacked so much credibility that Publish the reporter declined to put his name on the story because of these concerns.
Giuliani recognized at the Time that the Publish lacks certain journalistic standards, explaining that he specifically chose to give the story to the tabloid because they “wouldn’t spend all the time they could trying to contradict him before publishing it.” And later this week, the president’s attorney admitted that while his claims about Hunter Biden are not accurate, “the American people have a right to know.”
As other media backed away from the story over questions about the validity of the text messages and how they were obtained, earlier this month Trump hinted that the the Wall Street newspaper was preparing to publish a major story on Hunter Biden, sparking rumors about the content of the Newspaperthe story of.
Thursday’s dusting was not the first time in recent months that the newspaper’s reporting staff appeared to disagree with its right-wing opinion section.
In June, 280 Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones employees sent a letter to the newspaper’s editor saying that the opinion section’s “lack of fact-checking and transparency, and its apparent disregard for evidence, undermine the trust of our readers and our ability to gain credibility with sources. ”
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