NY Times Waited More than 500 Days Before Reporting Hunters Laptop Emails Authentic
Paper of Record?
The New York Times, self-proclaimed “paper of record,” waited more than 500 days before finally reporting it had authenticated critical emails from now-President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop.
The Times allowed the false narrative that the Hunter Biden laptop was somehow “Russian disinformation” to permeate the public debate for over a year when it had obtained evidence to the contrary, according to emails obtained exclusively by Breitbart News.
One email obtained by Breitbart News, that Times reporter Ken Vogel sent to attorneys for former Biden family business partner Tony Bobulinski, shows that on Oct. 15, 2020, at 5:20 p.m. PT, Vogel asked to verify the authenticity of emails that the New York Post cited that included Bobulinski.
“Sorry to drop unannounced into your inboxes during this hectic time,” Vogel wrote to several different attorneys for Bobulinski. “I am attempting to assess the authenticity of emails cited in The New York Post that include your client, Tony Bobulinksi, as a recipient and an ostensible participant in a business venture in China with Hunter Biden.”
Vogel asks the attorneys to talk with him on background to confirm the authenticity of the emails and the process by which the New York Post obtained and published them.
The New York Post had earlier that morning on Oct. 15, 2020, published the bombshell report from Emma-Jo Morris—now the politics editor at Breitbart News— that revealed emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop discussed a potential business deal with Chinese executives, which referred to “the big guy” taking ten percent equity.
Seventy-one percent of Americans believe accurate reporting of Hunter Biden’s “Laptop from Hell” could have altered the 2020 presidential election, TIPP Insights polling revealed Monday. https://t.co/gpzr69jURY
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 13, 2022
“Hunter Biden pursued lucrative deals involving China’s largest private energy company — including one that he said would be “interesting for me and my family,” emails obtained by The Post show,” Morris wrote in the Oct. 15, 2020, article. “One email sent to Biden on May 13, 2017, with the subject line ‘Expectations,’ included details of “remuneration packages” for six people involved in an unspecified business venture. Biden was identified as ‘Chair / Vice Chair depending on agreement with CEFC,’ an apparent reference to the former Shanghai-based conglomerate CEFC China Energy Co. His pay was pegged at ‘850’ and the email also noted that ‘Hunter has some office expectations he will elaborate.’ In addition, the email outlined a ‘provisional agreement’ under which 80 percent of the ‘equity,’ or shares in the new company, would be split equally among four people whose initials correspond to the sender and three recipients, with ‘H’ apparently referring to Biden. The deal also listed ’10 Jim’ and ’10 held by H for the big guy?’ Neither Jim nor the ‘big guy’ was identified further.”
The Post report, that Vogel asked Bobulinski’s attorneys about, also explicitly states that the email came from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
“The email is contained in a trove of data that the owner of a computer repair shop in Delaware said was recovered from a MacBook Pro laptop that was dropped off in April 2019 and never retrieved,” Morris wrote.
Bobulinski told Breitbart News that the morning after his attorneys received that inquiry from Vogel, he hopped on a phone call with Vogel and confirmed the authenticity of the emails to the New York Times reporter. He said he did so “on background,” which means anonymously, but as the recipient of the email in question that would meet the threshold to report that the email is in fact authentic, or at least confirmed by a recipient.
“It was the craziest thing. It seemed like the entire political world was debating whether the ’10% for the Big Guy’ email was authentic and if so, who the Big Guy was,” Bobulinski told Breitbart News. “Ken Vogel, a reporter for the storied New York Times is told that the email is indeed authentic, that Joe Biden is indeed the ‘Big Guy,’ and that he can attribute that information to a recipient of the email. You’d think that’s a pretty big scoop. Nope. Vogel just sat on it. Remember, he reached out to me so he damn well knew that the information was newsworthy. I had literally hundreds of reporters reaching out to me. I responded to him and trusted that he would do something with that information because I was told that he shoots straight on his Biden coverage. Nothing could be further from the truth. He was taking sides, not reporting the news — and he did so to the detriment of American voters. All the news that’s fit to print? What an absolute joke.”
Vogel and the Times would not, until March 2022—more than 500 days after that phone call with Bobulinski—publish a story saying that the newspaper had authenticated emails from Hunter Biden’s infamous laptop. In a March 16, 2022, story, the Times finally said it had “authenticated” emails from the laptop, referencing other emails, different than the Bobulinski ones.
The New York Times falsely claimed Sunday that Hunter Biden’s laptop was “stolen,” when in fact it was abandoned at the computer repair shop to which he had taken it and which had tried to contact him. https://t.co/oPnMDHo6Zh
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) December 5, 2022
“People familiar with the investigation said prosecutors had examined emails between [Hunter] Biden, [Devon] Archer and others about Burisma and other foreign business activity,” Vogel and fellow Times reporters Katie Benner and Michael Schmidt wrote in the March 16, 2022, story. Those emails were obtained by The New York Times from a cache of files that appears to have come from a laptop abandoned by Mr. Biden in a Delaware repair shop. The email and others in the cache were authenticated by people familiar with them and with the investigation.”
The revelation was buried 24 paragraphs into the article, marking the first time the supposed newspaper of record in the United States of America had said it “authenticated” emails from the laptop that the son of the now-President of the United States had abandoned in a Delaware computer repair shop years earlier. That March 2022 story does not even mention the Bobulinski emails, or much other material from the laptop. But the fact that the Times finally said it had confirmed the authenticity of at least some of this material put to bed once and for all the whimsical and fake narrative that former intelligence community officials were peddling for over a year from before the 2020 election until then, that the laptop and its materials were somehow “Russian disinformation.”
Vogel and the Times actually did publish a story before the 2020 election—on Oct. 25, 2020, nine days after that Oct. 16 phone call with Bobulinski—that references the “the big guy” email and other materials. The headline of that Times piece, from Vogel, Maggie Haberman, and Eric Lipton, was: “Questions and Answers About the Bidens and a Deal in China.”
The word “laptop” does not appear in the story, and the article makes no reference to the fact that the laptop contained these emails. Instead, the Times report from that day frames the effort to expose the Biden family’s business dealings with the Chinese as something that then-President Donald Trump “and his allies” were behind, calling it a “last-ditch effort” before the election.
The piece does reference the infamous “the big buy” email, and says it was part of “records produced by Mr. Bobulinski.”
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