The New York Times has stealthily deleted its baseless claim that a New York Post report about Hunter Biden’s laptop was “unsubstantiated.”
The outlet quietly removed the word “unsubstantiated” from an online article on Monday in its report revealing the Federal Election Commission’s ruling that Twitter did not violate election laws when it censored the Post’s reporting on the laptop ahead of the 2020 election.
“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,” the initial Times report said.
The Times also tweeted out a link to the online article that contained the “unsubstantiated” claim.
But hours later, the report was updated to remove the word entirely from the article.
While it was deleted from the online article, the word is still visible in a tweet that the outlet pushed out.
The Washington Examiner was first to report the unsubstantiated assertion had been removed just hours after the Times posted the article.
The Times faced immediate backlash on Twitter, with some accusing the outlet of trying to cover for President Biden and his son.
“The ‘unsubstantiated’ Hunter Biden story is true and has since been substantiated. Pretty amazing that nowhere does this NYT article make those facts clear. It just lets the audience believe, misleadingly, that the story was either bogus or a Russian op,” the Daily Caller’s Geoffrey Ingersoll tweeted.
“Unsubstantiated? LOL…NYT desperate to continue to cover for Biden and sons …,” Fox News contributor Sara Carter tweeted.
Chuck Ross, a reporter at the Washington Free Beacon, tweeted: “A source familiar with this ruling tells me that the FEC does not call the Biden laptop article ‘unsubstantiated.’ That’s NYT’s language.”