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Fox News Responds After White House Demands Network Issue Retraction

Fox News responded on Thursday after the White House demanded a retraction of its coverage of alleged bribery allegations against Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden.

The network said it stood by its coverage of those allegations and no such retraction would be offered.

On Wednesday, Ian Sams, White House spokesman for oversight and investigations, fumed about the allegations, which Fox News covered both on its airwaves and online.

Sams argued in a letter to network executives that since a former FBI informant who claimed to have had knowledge of the alleged bribery was indicted for allegedly lying, Fox News needed to retract its coverage, Deadline reported.

The White House official was referring to Alexander Smirnov, who has been charged with lying to federal agents and falsifying records.

Smirnov has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

In a letter addressed to Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott, Fox News President Jay Wallace and Bryan Boughton, the network’s Washington bureau chief, Sams slammed network hosts Sean Hannity and Jesse Watters.

He also pointed to numerous Fox News articles and opinion stories with which the White House had issues.

“I would cite the number of times Jesse Watters and Sean Hannity promoted this allegation and made false statements about President Biden on primetime television throughout this time period, but the footnote citations would fill multiple pages,” Sams wrote.

“As you of course now know, the source of this allegation has been federally indicted for making the whole thing up,” he continued, according to The Hill. “Despite this, Fox has taken no steps to retract, correct, or update its reporting on this false allegation from 2023.”

“We feel strongly that all Fox News Digital articles on this topic should at a minimum be updated with editor’s notes informing readers that the source of this allegation has been federally indicted for making it up,” Sams wrote.

“We also feel strongly that Fox News Channel television personalities like Hannity and Watters, among others, should inform their viewers on air that they have been sharing a discredited allegation from a source who has been federally indicted for making it up,” he said.

In a letter obtained by the outlet, a Fox News representative defended its coverage, noting it had covered all developments in relation to the allegations — including Smirnov’s indictment.

“Fox News Media has reported on all key developments since the announcement that Alexander Smirnov was charged with lying to the FBI, featuring the story prominently,” the representative said.

“We will continue to report on developments in all aspects of the ongoing investigations, hearings, and trials.”

Smirnov was arrested four weeks ago and has been ordered to remain in jail as a judge considered him a flight risk, The Washington Post reported.

The dual American and Israeli citizen has accused Hunter Biden and his father of accepting $5 million apiece from the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, where the former sat on the board during Joe Biden’s tenure as vice president.

An attorney for Smirnov defended his client and said he had been a reliable asset for the FBI for years.

READ 38 COMMENTS
  • Rick says:

    Of course he lied. Your buddy’s at the DOJ and FBI, wouldn’t dare falsely prosecute and make up bogus charges against someone, who’s testifying against your messiah old Joe. We’re all sure the FBI and DOJ aren’t completely corrupted, and compromised with radical leftist.

  • True Patriot says:

    This is the scheme they have come up with. Arrest the guy on ” Trumped” up charges
    that would directly indicate that Biden has done no wrong. Then
    start the pressure campaign of attacking all possible threats to Biden. They have already told congress that they should drop their impeachment hearings on Biden merely based on the fact that the guy was arrested let alone he has pleaded not guilty and not been to court yet. ( but since we how we know that works in New York, just ask Trump) I am pretty sure he is already a ” guilty man walking”. As long as the other media agency’s help promote this new fabrication the liberal left will be howling about the injustice being done to Biden. Which is what i always say the democrats are following their “oops I got caught protocol” “Look you square in the face and lie a bigger lie and then scream ” Trump, Russia, Russia

  • Ollie Voile says:

    Most of us already suspected as much, but at least now we know for SURE that Alexander Smirnov was NOT lying about the bribes. It’s too obvious what they’re doing.

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