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Fox News passed on chance to break Hunter Biden laptop story over credibility concerns: Report

By: Washington Examiner | October 19, 2020

Fox News reportedly turned down the opportunity to break the story on information found on a computer that allegedly belonged to Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The outlet chose not to run with the story, which was brought to them by President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, citing concerns over the veracity of the contents of the data, according to Mediaite.

Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokesperson for Giuliani said the former New York City mayor did not show Fox News the data.

“I can confirm Mayor Giuliani did not present Fox News with the content on Hunter Biden’s laptop for a story,” the representative told the Washington Examiner.

Previously, Fox News privately warned the network about the former New York City mayor, among other frequent guests on the network, about their propensity for “spreading disinformation,” specifically as it relates to Ukraine, according to the Daily Beast.

When Fox News passed on the story from Giuliani, who says he obtained a copy of Hunter Biden’s hard drive, which he claims proves significant illegal activity that implicates his father, the former mayor went to the New York Post, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch, the same person who owns Fox News.

The New York Post covered some of the contents on the hard drive last week. At least two reporters refused to have their byline attached, and one of the two reporters whose name does appear didn’t know about it until after the first story was published, according to the New York Times.

The reporting includes an email that purportedly talks about the younger Biden setting up a meeting between a senior official at the Ukrainian energy firm Burisma, where he worked, and his father while the elder Biden was vice president. The Biden campaign has denied that such a meeting took place based on “Biden’s official schedules from the time” but only as it was described in the New York Post.

Fox News reported that it had a source in one of the email chains who corroborated the discussion about an apparent payout to the elder Biden as part of a deal with a Chinese investment firm.

So far, neither the Biden campaign nor Hunter Biden has denied any other element of the emails story, though the elder Biden has called it part of a “smear campaign.” The FBI is reportedly investigating if the Hunter Biden emails stories are tied to a Russian disinformation effort, but Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said on Monday that he didn’t believe the news related to the laptop and emails are connected to the Kremlin.

Giuliani has long sought to obtain and disseminate dirt on the Bidens. The former New York City mayor was a major player in the situation that resulted in the president’s impeachment in the Democratic-controlled House following a whistleblower complaint about him urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate claims of corruption regarding the Bidens. Trump was acquitted by the GOP-led Senate in February.

Recent reports have said that the White House was warned last year that Giuliani could be the target of a Russian disinformation campaign.

Giuliani worked with Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach and others to push allegations that Joe Biden had abused his power in Ukraine. According to the U.S. intelligence community, Derkach “is spreading claims about corruption — including through publicizing leaked phone calls — to undermine” Joe Biden. He has also been sanctioned by the Treasury Department, but it’s unclear if Derkach has any connection with the laptop.

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