Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, co-founded U.S. investment and advisory firm Rosemont Seneca Partners in 2009, along with Chris Heinz, the stepson of former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and Devon Archer, one of his business partners. The firm has been under congressional scrutiny and has faced questions about the younger Biden’s overseas business dealings.
According to the Wikipedia Talk Page, the Rosemont Seneca entry was deleted on April 20. Some editors said that the entry was “not notable” and suggested it was thin on details.
“This organization is only mentioned in connection with its famous founders, Hunter Biden and Christopher Heinz,” said Wikipedia editor, “Alex,” who claimed that “keeping [the page] around” could turn it into “a magnet for conspiracy theories about Hunter Biden.” That editor did not elaborate or provide any evidence.
“It’s a non-notable company with a tangential connection to some conspiracy-related thing that didn’t happen,” wrote another.
Other editors, meanwhile, suggested the entire page be merged with the main Hunter Biden entry, which briefly mentions his involvement with Rosemont Seneca. However, those arguments in favor of merging the pages were overturned, according to the Talk page.
“There are no in-depth references that discuss the company, only passing references with a mention here and there of a transaction,” wrote one editor. “That fails our criteria for establishing notability. The Hunter Biden article already mentions this firm so I don’t see any need for a Merge or Redirect.”
Rosemont Seneca Partners became a shareholder of a Chinese investment fund called Bohai Harvest RST (BHR), which was incorporated in Shanghai in 2013. Biden resigned from his seat on BHR’s board of directors in 2019.
Curtis Houck, of the Media Research Center, told the New York Post that the decision suggests a double standard.
“If a Trump-linked company had its Wikipedia page wiped or one from the Russia probe, it’s more than a safe bet to say that CNN would be dedicating multiple reporters to following the internet trail,” he told the outlet.
The decision is sure to draw further criticism against Wikipedia’s editors, who have often been accused, including by one of its founders, Larry Sanger, of tilting far to the left.
“There’s a very big, nasty, complex game being played behind the scenes to make the article say what somebody wants them to say,” said Sanger in 2021, accusing the website of disseminating “propaganda.”
For example, editors have attempted to delete the page, “Mass killings under communist regimes,” which includes documented atrocities committed by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, Chinese Communist Party founder Mao Zedong, Ethiopian communist leader Mengistu Haile Mariam, Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, and North Korean founder Kim Il-Sung.
The Epoch Times has contacted Wikipedia for comment.