"I think it was very flimsy," one reporter told Intelligencer.
"It's not something that meets my journalistic standards," another journalist told the outlet, saying that the report "should not have been published."
Last Wednesday, the Post published a bombshell report to expose emails purportedly written by Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The dubious article, headlined "BIDEN'S SECRET E-MAILS," suggested that Joe Biden, then vice president, used the power of his position to help his son Hunter, who formerly sat on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma.
The tabloid came into possession of the computer's contents, which purportedly belonged to Hunter and contained the emails and other materials that the Post wrote about, after Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani delivered a copy of the hard drive to the outlet. The laptop was left at a repair shop, and the shop's owner, a Trump supporter, gave material from the computer to Giuliani.
The article is bylined by two reporters, Emma-Jo Morris and Gabrielle Fonrouge. The Times reported that at least two writers refused to put their bylines on the story, one of whom was mostly responsible for writing it, two Post employees told The Times.
The other reporter who refused to appear on the byline of the article was identified as Bruce Golding, who has been at the tabloid since 2007, according to The Times report. Golding cited "concerns over the article's credibility," the two employees told The Times.
The Times reported that top editors at the tabloid met on October 11 to discuss how to approach reporting on the materials from, what they believed, was Hunter's laptop contents.
Colin Allan, a former editor-in-chief of the Post who recently returned as an advisor, urged the other editors to move quickly when publishing the story, a person familiar with the meeting told The Times. The editors then pressured staff members to add their bylines as the deadline to publish the story approached, the two Post journalists said.