Two postal employees said that the article on the front page of the New York Post Wednesday about Hunter Biden was mainly written by a staff reporter who did not want to be named.
Two postal employees said that Bruce Golding had been a reporter for a tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch since 2007, and he would not allow it because of concerns about the credibility of the article. Use his subsignature.
In the latter part of the fierce presidential campaign, the article hinted that Joseph R. Biden Jr. used his position as vice president to enrich his son Hunter. The Post is based on the reported story and photos, which reported that the story was taken from the hard drive of Hunter Biden̵
Five people familiar with the internal workings of the tabloid said that many postal workers questioned whether the file was sufficient to verify the authenticity of the contents of the hard drive. People familiar with the matter said that the staff also expressed concern about the reliability and timing of its sources.
This article lists two sources: President Trump’s former adviser Stephen K. Bannon is now facing federal fraud charges, and he is said to have made the file aware of the hard drive last month. It is said that Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, “photocopied” the hard disk files on October 11.
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Mr. Giuliani said that he chose The Post because “either no one wants to accept it, or if someone accepts it, they will spend all their time trying to contradict it before it is published.”
The top editors met on October 11 to discuss how to use the information provided by Mr. Giuliani. The team includes tabloid veteran Colin Allan (Colin Allan), and the colonel. “Post” editor-in-chief Stephen Lynch (Stephen Lynch); According to people familiar with the matter, chief digital editor Michelle Gotthelf (Michelle Gotthelf) said. The person familiar with the matter said that Allen served as the editor-in-chief of The Post from 2001 to 2016 and returned as a consultant last year. He urged his colleagues to act quickly.
Two “Post” reporters said that as the deadline drew near, the editors urged the staff to sign the story-besides Golding, at least one refused. The Post spokesperson did not comment on how the article was written or edited.
The article was titled “BIDEN SECRET E-MAILS” and was published on Wednesday with two signatures: Deputy Political Editor Emma-Jo Morris (Fox News) owned by Murdoch ) Joined the newspaper four years later, and Gabrielle Fonrouge, who has been a postal correspondent since 2014.
A search by Ms. Morris on her website revealed that there were no signed articles in the Post before Wednesday. According to her LinkedIn profile, after serving as an associate producer on Sean Hannity’s “Fox News” show, she came to the tabloid in April. Her Instagram account was set as a private account on Wednesday, including her and former Trump administration members Mr. Bannon and Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Roger J. Stone Jr. .) A photo of a group photo. trump card. (In July, the president commuted Mr. Stone’s seven felonies.)
Three people familiar with the matter said that Ms. Feng Luri had nothing to do with the reporting or writing of the article. People familiar with the matter said she learned that the story only appeared after the story was published.
The article quoted documents allegedly from the hard drive indicating that Vice President Biden had instructed U.S. foreign policy in Ukraine to benefit his son, a former board member of Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings.
The article also suggested that Mr. Biden met with Bustima’s adviser Vadym Pozharskyi. A spokesperson for Biden’s campaign said on Wednesday that Biden’s official timetable showed that there were no meetings between the former vice president and advisers. Last month, two Senate committees led by the Republican Party investigated the matter, saying they found no evidence of wrongdoing by the former vice president.
Allen said in an email: “After several days of hard work, the senior editors of The Post decided to publish the Biden document.”
The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal reported that they were unable to independently verify the data in the Post articles, including hedging language, referring to “legally sent to” Hunter Biden email of.
A Post spokesperson said in a statement: “This story has been reviewed and the Post insists on its report.”
Kenneth P. Vogel contributed the report.