06 September 2016

A genuine scandal ignored

The media have plenty of time for phony "scamdals" manufactured by Republicans around Benghazi, e-mails, the Clinton Foundation, and what have you.  So why aren't they jumping on this actual Trump scandal which presents, at the very least, a strong appearance of outright bribery of a government official?  Trump has a long history of shady if not outright crooked business practices -- a feast for investigative reporting, if the media were actually interested in doing their job.

Maybe the Clinton campaign will have to do their job for them.  To that, I can only add, "This looks like a job for the internet".  The big centralized MSM no longer have the exclusive power to decide what is and is not newsworthy.  Any individual blog has only a small audience, but all together, and along with intermediate-size news sites like Crooks and Liars and TPM, the blogosphere has some weight to throw into the balance.  The wall of MSM silence is showing some cracks (the second link in the first paragraph is to The Washington Post).  It's a start, in shifting the focus where it belongs.

Update:  Another story that needs more attention:  Trump lavishly spending campaign funds at resorts and other properties which he himself owns, turning campaign donations into a business windfall for himself.

And beyond Trump's own scandals, maybe it's time to start insisting on the broader truth about the Republican party.  It's going to be a big job.


Blogger LadyAtheist said...

Huffpo tried to get us to take Jane Doe's rape allegations seriously but how is this not a yuge issue in the campaign?


06 September, 2016 11:07  
Blogger Dave Miller said...

Personally, I love the financials that show Trump paying his resorts one price when he was self funding, and charging the RNC more once he got the nomination.

06 September, 2016 12:26  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Lady A: I posted a link about the rape lawsuit in the link round-up a few weeks ago, questioning why the left-wing internet has failed to emphasize it. It's another issue that needs more publicity. There's also this list of allegations, which I've also linked to.

Dave: That especially needs publicizing. The poor schmucks who donated to his campaign need to know he's funneling their money into his own pockets, now that it's coming from someone other than himself.

06 September, 2016 18:46  
Blogger Dave Miller said...

I would so love to be a debate moderator this election.

06 September, 2016 21:16  
Blogger Paul Wartenberg said...

The Bondi story is starting to get noticed in the national news, and the Orlando Sentinel paper has been digging into this since April. THIS article I found goes back to JUNE, http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-pam-bondi-donald-trump-scott-maxwell-20160604-column.html

07 September, 2016 12:04  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

I found a funny movie poster parody about this scandal: Here Comes the Bribe. Maybe you could use it to illustrate your next entry about this instance of quid pro quo.

07 September, 2016 20:32  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Dave: You couldn't possibly do worse than the ones we've seen.

Paul: Thank goodness they're starting to pay attention. Even if it gets more play in Florida than elsewhere, Florida's often a decisive state.

Pinku: Thanks! I didn't realize Nonnie9999 is back to blogging!

09 September, 2016 02:47  
Blogger Kevin Robbins said...

Along the lines of what you mentioned in your post is this recent news. It's so hard to keep up with Trump's malfeasance. Maybe that's part of the problem. Sure the right can say Hillary and e-mails. With Trump it's so hard to pick something.

Oh, and thank you Eric Schneiderman. Please prosecute the ass off the clown.

10 September, 2016 09:34  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Kevin: Thanks for the link. Yes, it's difficult to keep up with all the Trumpiana. When people expect him to be atrocious, every new thing they hear about loses its impact.

14 September, 2016 03:43  

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