Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution, a deal that he and his legal team negotiated after he was accused of sexually abusing dozens of young women and girls. Under its terms, he faced no federal charges and was made to register as a sex offender. All these articles were published well after.
A HuffPost article, from 2017, praised pedophile Jeffrey Epstein for “taking action to help a number of scientists thrive during the ‘Trump Era’,” a time of “anti-science policies and budget cuts.”
The byline belonged to Rachel Wolfson, once a frequent contributor to the site who described herself in her author bio as a digital marketer. On Friday, HuffPost said in a statement that it had removed the piece “at the author’s request.” Ms. Wolfson did not respond to requests for comment.
A National Review piece, from the same year, called Epstein “a smart businessman” with a “passion for cutting-edge science.”
The article on Epstein published by National Review was also removed on Friday. It was credited to Christina Galbraith, who identified herself in her bio as a science writer who had published at Forbes and HuffPost.
Ms. Galbraith was also a publicist for Epstein, according to several news releases promoting Epstein’s foundations and initiatives in 2012, 2013 and 2014 that included her as a contact.
Ms. Galbraith did not respond to requests for comment. In the article that appeared on the National Review site, she described him as having “given thoughtfully to countless organizations that help educate underprivileged children.”
“We took down the piece, and regret publishing it,” Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review since 1997, said in an email. He added that the publication had “had a process in place for a while now to weed out such commercially self-interested pieces from lobbyists and PR flacks.”
Forbes praised Jeffrey Epstein in an article as “one of the largest backers of cutting-edge science around the world” while making absolutely no mention of his criminal past. A contributor was paid $600 to attach his byline and post it at Forbes. (FULL STORY HERE)
In addition to Forbes, HuffPost, and National Review, a technology-focused website called The Next Web, now controlled by The Financial Times, published an interview with Epstein that didn’t note his status as a sex offender and stated that he used “his resources to beneficial, unlikely ends.” The name in the byline was Dylan Love, who calls himself an “editorial gun for hire” on his website. Mr. Love did not respond to requests for comment. The Next Web amended the article on Friday to point out “the glaring oversight” of failing to note Epstein’s conviction.
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