NBC News explains what happened when it tried to report on alleged Hunter Biden emails

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: Hunter Biden attends the T&C Philanthropy Summit with screening of "Generosity Of Eye" at Lincoln Center with Town & Country on May 28, 2014 in New York City. ((Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Town & Country))

In a detailed report this week explaining the network’s approach to an “elaborate conspiracy theory involving former Vice President Joe Biden’s son and business in China," NBC News explains how and why the story “isn’t being covered” by major media outlets.

Simply put: It’s not supported by any evidence, according to NBC News and several other organizations, specifically the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, two of the only organizations given access to key documents.

From the NBC News report:

"The complaints from President Donald Trump and his allies have been growing louder as the election approaches: Why isn’t the mainstream media covering the Hunter Biden laptop story?

Trump and his allies say there is evidence of corruption in emails and documents allegedly found on a laptop belonging to Democrat Joe Biden’s son. They say those and other documents show that Hunter Biden used his father’s influence to enrich himself through business deals in Ukraine and China, and that his father not only facilitated that, but may have benefited financially.

But the Wall Street Journal and Fox News — among the only news organizations that have been given access to key documents — found that the emails and other records don’t make that case. Leaving aside the many questions about their provenance, the materials offered no evidence that Joe Biden played any role in his son’s dealings in China, let alone profited from them, both news organizations concluded.

As to Ukraine, a single email published by the New York Post suggests Joe Biden may have had a meeting with a representative of a Ukrainian company that employed his son. Trump and his allies alleged that means Joe Biden has lied when he said he never discussed his son’s business roles. The Biden campaign denies the meeting happened.

The lack of major new revelations is perhaps the biggest reason the story has not gotten traction, but not the only one. Among others: Most mainstream news organizations, including NBC News, have not been granted access to the documents. NBC News asked by email, text, phone call and certified mail, and was ultimately denied."

Read the full NBC News report here.

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Dave Bartkowiak Jr. is the digital managing editor for ClickOnDetroit.