Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign sent a letter to the New York Times blasting the newspaper for its coverage of corruption allegations against the former vice president and his son Hunter.
The missive, written by campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield to executive editor Dean Baquet, took issue with an op-ed written by conservative author Peter Schweizer, who argued that corruption laws should be strengthened in the wake of Biden’s son taking a seat on a Ukrainian natural gas company while his dad was in the Obama administration.
He described the temptation of “self-dealing” by the “politically connected class” and called Congress to “conduct an inquiry” into whether Hunter did anything illegal.
Bedingfield asked Baquet whether he was “deliberately continuing policies that distort reality for the sake of controversy and the clicks that accompany it?”
“Despite voluminous work done by the independent press and fact-checkers — including some by The Times — to refute the heinous conspiracy theory that Donald Trump attempted to bully Ukraine into propping-up for him, the paper ran an op-ed by none other than Peter Schweizer, making more malicious claims about the Biden family,” Bedingfield said in the letter released Wednesday.
A spokesperson for the Times defended its coverage of the Biden campaign as “fair and accurate.”
The statement noted that Schweizer’s commentary was published in the Opinion section and “makes an argument that nonpartisan government watchdogs would make, arguing in favor of a law that would prohibit self-dealing by those with government connections.”
Hunter was on the board of Burisma Holdings while his father was vice president and charged with combating corruption in Ukraine.
Biden pressed Ukraine to fire top prosecutor Viktor Shokin, threatening to withdraw $1 billion in loan guarantees if he wasn’t dismissed.
President Trump and his allies claim Biden wanted Shokin fired because he was investigating the company that employed Hunter.
There is no evidence that the Bidens did anything wrong.