Donald Trump’s Surprisingly Shady Charitable Foundation, Explained
Matthew Yglesias, Vox: Donald Trump’s surprisingly shady charitable foundation, explained
Scrutiny of Clinton has been relatively narrow — overwhelmingly focused on two big negative narratives about her, one related to her use of a private email server and one related to potential Clinton Foundation conflicts of interest. With lots of resources chasing two stories, both incidents have been examined under a fairly exacting microscope with fairly minor developments and banal revelations getting ample airtime.
People reporting on Trump, by contrast, have an embarrassment of riches to pursue. There’s his campaign team’s ties to the Russian government, his mismanagement of Atlantic City casino properties, the possibility his wife worked illegally in the United States without a proper visa, credible allegations that his modeling agency employed illegal workers, Trump’s past business ties to the mafia, his employing of undocumented Polish workers on construction sites, his long history of racist statements, his campaign’s flirtations with anti-Semitism, and his history as a discriminatory landlord.
On top of that — there’s the foundation.
As a simple matter of math, to cover the Trump Foundation as thoroughly as the Clinton Foundation has been covered while also giving all of these other issues their due would require news organizations to devote many more resources to Trump-investigations than to Clinton-investigations. To people in Clinton’s corner, that seems appropriate — Trump has done more investigation-worthy stuff. But from a journalistic traditionalist’s point of view, that would be a form of bias. And, indeed, a perverse form of bias since Clinton is probably going to be president — it’s more important to investigate her.
Except, if they continue to treat Clinton like she’s the most corrupt crook on the planet, Trump might fall ass backwards into the Presidency, and as the article explains, his Administration would be a cesspool of self-dealing.