Donald Trump is fond of promising information to the media and then not delivering on it. And The Washington Post (with which Trump has a notoriously testy relationship) is sick of it.
“This is how Donald Trump deals with stories he doesn’t like: He either says he’ll answer at some later date, or just refuses to answer entirely, knowing that eventually, people will stop asking.”
Waldman points to the example of Trump’s tax returns, which he has promised — but failed — to release. Some media outlets still bring that up, but the (alleged) billionaire is mostly let off the hook after a while. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton gets the scrutiny candidates running for president have come to expect. And Waldman has some advice as to how to balance the scales:
“So what should we do? We in the media should treat these stories about Trump the way we treated the story of Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia. When she got light-headed and stumbled three days ago at that 9/11 commemoration, every major news organization swung into action. They assigned multiple reporters to the story, had them out investigating every aspect of it they could think of, published story after story and filled hour after hour of cable discussions about it, all of which created enormous pressure on Clinton to be as forthcoming as possible …
“The Trump campaign, on the other hand, probably thinks they can just wait it out, when it comes to his medical records or foreign business deals or anything else, because they’ve seen it before. They’ve watched as we devoted enormous amounts of critical attention to the Clinton Foundation, which actually does a tremendous amount of good in the world, while we all but ignored the Trump Foundation, which appears to be little more than an outright scam set up for the purpose of getting other people to pay for giant paintings of Donald Trump and allowing Trump to charge genuine charities to use Mar-a-Lago for events at which they honor him for donations he didn’t actually give them. Were it not for the heroic efforts of the Post’s David Fahrenthold, we’d never know anything about it, because most news organizations just weren’t asking.”