Fact Check: Washington Post Did NOT Publish Article By Hunter Biden Titled 'New Studies Show Moderate Crack Cocaine Use Not A Cause For Concern'

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Washington Post Did NOT Publish Article By Hunter Biden Titled 'New Studies Show Moderate Crack Cocaine Use Not A Cause For Concern' Fake Story

Did The Washington Post publish an article by Hunter Biden titled "New Studies Show Moderate Crack Cocaine Use Not A Cause For Concern"? No, that's not true: The headline of an article purporting to be on the Washington Post website is fake. A search of the newspaper's website yields "0 results" for the headline. The addition of Hunter Biden as a byline is a sarcastic reference to President Joe Biden's son, who has admitted to drug addiction, including crack cocaine.

The claim appeared in a tweet (archived here) on July 11, 2022. It opens:


This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Tue Jul 12 18:53:16 2022 UTC)

The post shows a screen grab that appears to be from an undated Washington Post article, which does not exist. Using Google to search the headline plus Washington Post yields no results, as does a search on the Washington Post website.

The caption of the photo "Cisgender African American holding crack - Source: Reuters)" is fake. The real photo is an Associated Press image published in an August 21, 2019, USA Today article with the caption, "A small bag containing crack cocaine. Damian Dovarganes, AP."
Screen Shot 2022-07-12 at 11.46.22 AM.png

(Source: USATODAY screenshot taken on Tue Jul 12 19:08:11 2022 UTC)

The Hunter Biden byline on the article is a satirical reference to President Biden's only living son. Hunter Biden has confessed to his previous extensive crack use in his autobiography as well as multiple interviews.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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