In this era of constantly updating social media feeds and decreasing attention spans, the news cycle has become its own worst enemy, as what would have once constituted earth-shattering news or A career-ending scandal is now drowned out by the ‘next big story’, or perhaps just a video of a seal slapping someone in the face with an octopus. Therefore, it is both refreshing and enlightening when you see that some news organisations still dedicate the resources and possess the professionalism for authentic investigative journalism. The New York Times has outdone itself here in this 36-page report (Full report here:Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father) exposing how corrupt, fraudulent and dishonest Donald Trump and his family have been in evading tax authorities, and how fake his entire public image is. It is well worth reading quality journalism such as this if you want to gain a more accurate understanding of how the world really works behind the façade we usually see.
The ironic twist to this story of a spoilt, self-aggrandising, corrupt and failed businessman that duped his way to the presidency of the United States of America, is that the New York Times was also at least partly responsible for assisting Donald Trump to craft the totally false public image that he used to conceal the fraud he really is. Thankfully that irony is not lost on the New York Times though, as they acknowledge their culpability inside the report. They even provided a social media-friendly “take-away” version of the article for those lacking the time or attention spans to digest the entire piece!
資料參考: 11 Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Trump’s Wealth