Politico received criticism for a tweet that contained incorrect information about a memo from House Oversight Chair James Comer detailing foreign payments to the Biden family.
Initial Tweet Incorrectly Claims No “Direct Payment” to President Biden
The now-deleted tweet by Politico wrongly stated that the memo did not show a “direct payment” to President Joe Biden.
Correction Made: Memo Identifies $20 Million in Foreign Payments to Biden Family
Politico issued a corrected tweet clarifying that the memo indeed identified over $20 million in payments from entities or individuals in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan to Biden family members.
Memo Does Not Show Direct Payment to Joe Biden
The corrected tweet also included a link to a “Congress Minutes” story that clarified the memo did not show a direct payment to Joe Biden.
Politico Acknowledges Error and Updates Tweet for Accuracy
A spokesperson from Politico acknowledged the error and stated that the corrected tweet accurately reflected the content of the memo, which provided details about payments to Biden family members.
Critics Accuse Politico of Bias and White House Favoritism
Critics and commentators on X (formerly Twitter) highlighted the misinformation in the initial tweet and questioned Politico’s reporting, some accusing the outlet of “rolling over” for the White House due to the quick correction.
Comer’s Memo Reveals Foreign Payments to Hunter Biden and Associates
The memo released by House Oversight Chair James Comer showed bank records indicating payments to Hunter Biden and his associates from foreign sources during Joe Biden’s tenure as Vice President.
Memo Includes Details of Meetings and Calls with Individuals Linked to Payments
In addition to bank records, the memo included information about meetings and phone calls between then-Vice President Biden and individuals connected to these foreign payments.
Corrected Tweets Provide More Accurate Representation of Memo’s Content
The corrected tweets by Politico offered a more precise representation of the memo’s content and clarified the presence of foreign payments to the Biden family.
Twitter Users Express Doubts About Politico’s Reporting
Many Twitter users expressed doubts about Politico’s reporting accuracy and called into question their editorial integrity.
Correction Acknowledged, Original Tweet Deleted
Politico responded by deleting the original erroneous tweet and correcting it for accuracy, admitting their mistake.
Lesson Learned: Fact-checking Essential for Responsible Reporting
This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of fact-checking and responsible reporting to maintain the public’s trust in the media.