Why the media does not investigate thoroughly on the Trump Foundation?

Bill, Hillary y Chelsea Clinton en la Clinton Foundation.
Bill, Hillary y Chelsea Clinton en la Clinton Foundation.

The last few days have offered a concrete example of one major problem in this election: the trouble the media has in holding Trump accountable -- on his lies or what we now understand to be clearcut examples of corruption.

Why the media does not investigate thoroughly on the Trump Foundation?

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The last few days have offered a concrete example of one major problem in this election: the trouble the media has in holding Trump accountable -- on his lies or what we now understand to be clearcut examples of corruption.

Take, for example, the narrative around two foundations.

You've probably heard a lot about the Clinton Foundation in the past month. That's because dedicated teams of reporters from news outlets all over the country have devoted major time and resources to unearthing some examples of wrongdoing in the charity's past. And the grand total of all those investigations? Nothing but confirmation that the foundation does unassailable, lifesaving work in countries across the globe.

On the other hand, you have the Trump Foundation. Back in 2013, they donated $25,000 to a committee associated with Pam Bondi’s re-election as Florida attorney general. At the time, Bondi's office was considering whether or not to join a lawsuit against Trump University. But after Bondi received that contribution, her office decided not to join the lawsuit. Bondi subsequently endorsed Trump's bid for president, then spoke at the Republican National Convention -- where she said Hillary Clinton should go to jail. Trump’s foundation also gave $100,000 to Citizens United to sue New York’s attorney general—after he’d started investigating Trump University.

This is blockbuster stuff -- but months after that story came out, there's been little sustained effort from the press to force Trump to address the charge that he bought off the top law enforcement official in Florida. And in the 59 days we have left in this election, we shouldn't expect such an effort to begin.

We're the team who has to give voters the information they need about the two candidates, and that means we’re going to have to hire enough organizers to blanket the country with volunteers and run ads on television and the internet often enough to make a real impression.

Why the media does not investigate thoroughly on the Trump Foundation?
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