Still believe that the New York Post is a bastion of independent, non-partisan journalism? Think again.
Two Post employees told the New York Times that the Post‘s big, splashy, and arguably slanderous story about Hunter Biden and the Laptop of Doom was written mostly by a veteran staff reporter, Bruce Golding, who refused to put his name on it.
Golding didn’t want his name on it because he didn’t think the story was credible. A number of Post reporters, editors and others questioned the Post‘s failure to verify the authenticity of the hard drive. They also didn’t believe the sources, and questioned the timing of the story’s release.
All of which I say, duh.
When your two sources are Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon, my suggestion to any journalist worth their press badge is “get better sources.” Or, better yet, report the story as the obvious false and propagandistic attempt to manipulate the electorate that it is.
Here’s my favorite part. Wait for it…okay, let’s not wait.
Giuliani said that he sent the story to the Post because
either nobody else would take it, or if they took it, they would spend all the time they could to try to contradict it before they put it out.
He thought that the New York Times, or the Daily Planet, or the Smallville Ledger, or any other journalistic outlet on the planet with an iota of credibility, would either turn it down or would, I dunno, scrutinize it and stuff. Gee. Makes you glad you don’t subscribe to the New York Post, huh?
Other Post reporters were equally unimpressed. One told a New Yorker journalist, “I think it was very flimsy.” Another one told the same reporter, “It’s not something that meets my journalistic standards, [and the story] should not have been published.”
The first Post reporter told the New Yorker reporter:
That the Post would go pro-Trump before the election and in the months leading up to it was kind of something I’ve been bracing for and that a lot of the other not-right-wing Post reporters have been bracing for. So in a way, it’s not really surprising.
Another Post reporter complained:
It just makes you cringe and roll your eyes, and it’s hard to stomach, but at the same time we kind of know that you’re signing up for stuff like that. It’s upsetting. It’s disappointing. It sucks to, like, work for, like, a propaganda outlet.
Here’s a thought, Jimmy Olson. Don’t work for the fucking propaganda outlet.
Hellfire, even freaking Fox News passed on the story. Fox News’s “Brain Room” (really?) has previously warned hosts not to climb too far into Giulian’s anus, because he has a propensity for “amplifying distortion.” According to sources within the company,
the lack of authentication of Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop, combined with established concerns about Giuliani as a reliable source and his desire for unvetted publication, led the network’s news division to pass.
Hang on a moment. I have to laugh some more.
Okay. It looks like the story was pushed by Colin Allan, the former Post editor in chief who returned in 2019 as an “advisor.” He told the other Post executives to jump on the story, presumably because he feared if they didn’t, the story would end up published on some right-wing internet shithole like Gateway Pundit, where it would die a quick and ignominious death.
As the deadline to publish the story approached, multiple reporters were asked to put their bylines on the story. Golding and at least one other refused.
The story was eventually published under two bylines: Emma-Jo Morris, who came to the Post after working for Fox News as a producer for the Sean Hannity show, and Gabrielle Fonrouge, a veteran Post reporter.
Morris has never published a story under her own byline since she was a college intern at the Washington Free Beacon. This is her first time out of the gate as a real journo. But, according to her Instagram account (now set to private), she is proud to be photographed with Trump sycophants like Bannon, Hannity, Sara Huckabee Sanders, Roger Stone, and others. As for Fonrouge, she apparently didn’t contribute to the story and didn’t knw her name was on the thing.
Allan has a different take:
The senior editors at The Post made the decision to publish the Biden files after several days’ hard work established its merit.
What merit, Col? Be specific. Come on, now.
National security attorney Bradley Moss summed it up this way:
At least in 2016, Trump’s allies pushed powerful disinformation These last-ditch efforts barely qualify as trying anymore. …It’s a garbage fire story with obscene numbers of legal holes and flaws.
Burn, baby, burn.