An interview given by Steve Bannon on Sky News Australia has helped the former Breitbart chief and Trump adviser’s dubious claims about Joe Biden’s son Hunter break through to a wider audience. Bannon has been closely involved in pushing the story published by the New York Post, which has faced a number of criticisms and had its reach restricted by Twitter and Facebook. He has previously given interviews on a number of YouTube channels, but while these have attracted significant numbers of views online, their reach pales in comparison to the more than 1.8 million views racked up since Sunday’s publication of a clip of the interview on YouTube. Groups and Pages sharing the video include Trump supporters locally and internationally, Brexit groups, Fox News commentators and conspiracy groups. According to CrowdTangle, the YouTube video has been posted more than 4,000 times on Facebook Pages and public Groups, and attracted more than 63,000 interactions. The video interview was also syndicated across various News Corp. mastheads. The original New York Post article that first surfaced the influence-peddling allegations has come under heavy criticism since it was published Wednesday. One journalist who worked on the story, Bruce Golding, refused to allow his byline to appear on it amid concerns that the tabloid had not gone to sufficient lengths to verify the authenticity of the hard drive in question. At least one other journalist also refused to use their byline. Disinformation researcher Thomas Rid has also sketched out several concerns about the purported documents.
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