A Damning News Release Asks: Why Isn’t the Media Reporting on the Fact that Donald Trump Stole From 9/11 Victims?

A Damning News Release Asks: Why Isn’t the Media Reporting on the Fact that Donald Trump Stole From 9/11 Victims? September 12, 2016
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The Awful 9/11 Trump Stories The Sunday Shows All Ignored While Remembering 9/11

BY SENIOR FELLOW ERIC BOEHLERT

Coinciding with the fifteenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, this week’s Sunday morning network talk shows dedicated a lot of their time to covering and reflecting on two stories: The 9/11 attacks, as well as the unfolding presidential campaign. If they had wanted to, the programs could have also examined the distinct overlap between those events. The shows could have spent time examining the unflattering examples of Donald Trump caught telling lies about Sept. 11, exaggerating about 9/11 and just being wildly inappropriate while discussing Sept. 11.

But the Sunday shows didn’t do that this week.

The Republican nominee lies about lots of things, but he seems to have a special proclivity for telling falsehoods about events surrounding America’s worst  terror attack.

What made the complete lack of Sunday show coverage this week even more unusual was the fact that one day before, the New York Daily News published an exclusive investigation, reporting that the billionaire’s organization pocketed $150,000 in government aid after the attack because it claimed to have helped out locals. But the “government program was designed to help local businesses get back on their feet — not reimburse people for their charitable work,” the News reported. Plus, “It’s unclear what, if any, help Trump provided to those affected by 9/11.”

So that represented a 9/11 Trump controversy with a fresh news angle. But the News story produced no coverage on the Sunday shows.

Do you think that if on Saturday the Daily News had reported that the Clinton Foundation had unethically scooped up funds intended for terror attack victims in New York City, that yesterday’s Sunday talks shows would have completely ignored the stunning revelation?

The other new story that emerged about Trump and Sept. 11 was when Politico recently reported on a television interview Trump did on that deadly day in 2001. It was just hours after thousands of New York area residents lost their lives in the attack, and Trump, on live television, was noting that the 40 Wall Street building he owned was no longer the “second-tallest” in downtown Manhattan — it was the “tallest” … because the Twin Towers had just been toppled by terrorist hijackers.

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