- The Washington Times - Monday, October 19, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden snapped at CBS News reporter Bo Erickson Friday night for asking about a New York Post report that the former vice president described as a “smear campaign.”

During a brief exchange with reporters following his campaign rally in Detroit, Mr. Biden was asked by Mr. Erickson, “What is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?”

“I know you’d ask it,” the former vice president fired back. “I have no response. It’s another smear campaign, right up your alley. Those are the questions you always ask.”

A clip of the exchange tweeted by Mr. Erickson saying Mr. Biden “went after me” racked up more than 6 million views by Monday morning.

At least two of Mr. Erickson‘s colleagues came to his defense, including CBS News White House Correspondent Paula Reid and CBS Political Correspondent Ed O’Keefe.

“Biden adopts Trump playbook — attacking pool reporter @BoKnowsNews for asking about Hunter Biden story which has been a focus of President Trump’s campaign over past few days,” Ms. Reid tweeted. “Fine to attack the story, but why personally insult Bo?

“My @CBSEveningNews report clearly lays out warnings about Giuliani & Russian disinformation. But we cannot normalize insulting reporters for asking questions,” she added.

Mr. O’Keefe tweeted, “It’s our job as journalists to ask questions of people in power or who want to be in power — whether they like the questions or not. Bo did his job tonight. And Bo did his job well.”

The explosive story published last week by the New York Post is based on emails from a recovered laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden that show his foreign business deals when his father was vice president. The story alleges that the younger Biden introduced his father to a top executive at the Ukrainian natural-gas company Burisma Holdings less than a year before the then-vice president pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company.

The Delaware computer repair shop owner who came into possession of the laptop told a Senate committee that Hunter Biden himself left the laptop at his shop, and that he eventually gave the hard drive’s material to the FBI and later to President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, who then turned the information over to the New York Post.

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