The New York Times quietly edited its reporting on the New York Post’s bombshell coverage of a recovered laptop from Hunter Biden to remove “unsubstantiated” from its reporting. The move faced criticism after the Federal Elections Commission(FEC) ruled Twitter had not violated the FEC’s rules by suppressing the New York Post’s story during the 2020 election cycle.
Fox News noted that the Times did not offer a complete overview of the Post’s reporting.
Fox News reports:
“The Federal Election Commission has dismissed Republican accusations that Twitter violated election laws in October by blocking people from posting links to an unsubstantiated New York Post article about Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son Hunter Biden, in a decision that is likely to set a precedent for future cases involving social media sites and federal campaigns,” Times political reporter Shane Goldmacher began his report.
It wasn’t until the Times tweeted out its declaration that the Post’s reporting was “unsubstantiated” that it caught fire among critics.
As flagged by The Washington Examiner, the Times’ report was given a significant facelift hours later with the help of technology reporter Kate Conger, who was added to the byline.
“When Twitter decided briefly last fall to block users from posting links to an article about Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s son Hunter, it prompted a conservative outcry that Big Tech was improperly aiding Mr. Biden’s presidential campaign,” the report now begins.
Breaking News: The FEC ruled that Twitter’s decision in October to block an unsubstantiated article about President Biden's son, Hunter Biden, did not violate election laws, according to a document obtained by The New York Times. https://t.co/EzFKKvQ7X2
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 13, 2021
The Times never added an editor’s note or correction, instead simply updating the article silently likely hoping not to draw attention.