Accuracy in Media

Is the race for the White House really coming down to which presidential candidate was tied to the less scandal-plagued for-profit school? Not if the media have anything to say about it. They only want you to know about one of them.

We have seen an endless run of articles and TV segments focusing on Trump University. How does it look? Well, a former sales director there said that “…Trump University was only interested in selling every person the most expensive seminars they possibly could.”

Trump claims that “98% of those people liked the school,” and gave it great report cards, according to CNN. There are currently three lawsuits focusing onTrump University, including one by the New York State Attorney General. Trump has pointed to U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage as a likely factor in the treatment he has received from the class action lawsuits—treatment which he calls unfair. You can read plenty on that issue elsewhere and decide for yourself.

While many Republicans who have reluctantly endorsed Trump view his comments about Judge Curiel as a costly, unforced error that makes it harder for them to publicly defend him, one fact that could play to his advantage is that the law firm behind one of the class action lawsuits has paid the Clintons $675,000 in speaking fees since 2009, which is more than they’ve collected from any other law firm. Politics obviously plays a big part in this saga.

And that’s just the beginning. The real story deals with Laureate Education, whose connection to the Clintons was revealed in Peter Schweizer’s book Clinton Cash. More than $16 million was paid to Bill Clinton through a shell corporation, after which more than $55 million American taxpayer dollars flowed out of Hillary Clinton’s State Department to a non-profit run by Laureate CEO Douglas Becker.

Thanks to Judicial Watch, and an outstanding article by WorldNetDaily’s Jerome Corsi, the story is out there. And Corsi has no problem citing unpalatable facts, such as

  • “The biggest borrower on the for-profit college list is Laureate Education’s Walden University, whose grad students borrowed $756 million in 2014.”
  • A Miami Herald article pointed out that “The firm is being sued by several online graduate students for allegedly dishonest practices, and a 2012 U.S. Senate report found that more than half of Laureate’s online Walden University revenue went to marketing and profit.”
  • “But, as Forbes pointed out in its July 12, 2015, story, Laureate Education’s Walden University was built by inducing prospective students to incur massive tuition debt to attend a school with no academic reputation and virtually no standards for admission other than ability to pay.”

So Laureate Education and the Clintons lined their pockets with cash from students incurring massive personal debts. This sounds an awful lot like the allegations against Trump University.

Mr. Clinton’s shell corporation scheme allowed him “to avoid disclosing the existence of the shell company even to the IRS, as long as compensation payments to him were withdrawn as soon as they were deposited, ensuring the account always showed a zero balance,” writes Corsi.

Bill Clinton resigned from his position as “honorary chancellor” of Laureate in April of 2015, right after the disclosure of the information from Clinton Cash was made public.

So where are the media? Why is one story worthy of so much coverage, but the other, virtually none outside of some conservative media? Could it be that the media are determined to destroy the Trump campaign, and don’t want to make things any tougher than they already are for Hillary?

After all, Mrs. Clinton still has dozens of FBI agents investigating criminal activity on her part in how she handled classified materials while serving, and after serving, as secretary of state. These agents are also investigating any public corruption she might have participated in, such as the Laureate Education scam with connections between Douglas Becker, Bill Clinton, and the State Department. She is also still being dogged by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who vows to take the fight all the way to the Democratic convention in Philadelphia next month. But the media have bestowed the title of “presumptive nominee,” and announced that Mrs. Clinton has clinched the nomination as of one night before the California and New Jersey primaries.

Here is a challenge for the media: take a look at this article by Corsi, based on the Judicial Watch Freedom of Information documents, and go through the story. Then report on it, or else explain why the Laureate Education story doesn’t deserve the attention that the Trump University story has garnered.

Conservatives often cite Jake Tapper of CNN as one of the only mainstream reporters willing to ask the tough questions of Democrats and the left. However, during his interview with Trump on The Lead with Jake Tapper on June 3, Tapper followed up 23 times, basically trying to label Trump a racist over his comments about Judge Curiel.

Although he appeared to sheepishly hint at the Clintons’ involvement with Laureate Education in an interview with Hillary that aired on the same show, Tapper failed to even make clear what he was talking about. However, during his session with Mrs. Clinton, Tapper offered no specific accusation for her to defend herself against, provided no follow-up—zero—and worded the question in the most softball of terms:

TAPPER: When you were launching your criticism, your attack against Trump University, which is right now in the middle of a civil suit for fraud, the Trump campaign started hitting back by questioning donations to the Clinton Foundation and how the money is spent. There have been questions in the media about that, and I’m not equating Trump University with the Clinton Foundation.

But do you think those questions undermine at all your argument against the Trump University?

CLINTON: Not at all. I mean, really, this is like an absurd comparison. We have disclosed everything. You can see what we do…

There are lawsuits in both cases. Lawsuits mean plaintiffs. Can’t Jake Tapper, or George Stephanopoulos—who failed to bring up Laureate in his June 5 interview with Mrs. Clinton on ABC’s This Week—find any of the plaintiffs in that case to interview?

Neither Trump nor Hillary wants to be talking about their respective ties to these for-profit education institutes. But so far only one party is being asked the hard questions—or any questions at all on this subject. How about some questions from the press for Hillary? It would, after all, be her first actual press conference in over 180 days, were she to grant one. Just to be fair and balanced.




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Comments

  • BakkenBill

    Mainstream media ‘likes’ the Clinton cartel. They would move this Traitor Bitch into the WH now, we’re it not for the burdensome election process. Even though electoral college votes are bought and paid for to.
    Presidents are ‘appointed’ not elected these days. The media’s coverage of the person is the determining factor.
    The average American shirks their duty by either not voting, or by making a vote based on popularity. Because, let’s face it most people don’t care enough to check the facts and cast an informed vote. They don’t have ‘time for that’. And these people are dangerous voters. “Village idiots” to wit.
    “That’s a harsh thing to say about people BakkenBill”. “You hurt my feelings BakkenBill”. Wha, wha, wha…
    Oh well. Hurt feelings is part of life. If the shoe fits Wear it!!! You know who you are. Educate your friends, relatives, and neighbors.
    Otherwise we all will be warring in the streets with hardline Muslims and worse to protect our women and churches.
    If you’re unable to serve your country’s molars for whatever reason, then BY GOD learn the facts and cast an ‘educated’ vote. And by all means VOTE!
    It’s your Duty damn it!
    It’s Hillary…
    The new “AMERICAN TRAITOR BITCH”

  • Maggietish

    The media has always been in the Clintons pockets and still are. They give them a pass on everything they do no matter how illegal or threatening it is to this Nation and the American people. They could have the proof sitting right in front of them and they would cover-up for the Clintons. They’re going after Donald Trump because they don’t want him to defeat Hillary and they want Hillary in the White House no matter how corrupt she is. That’s not what the people want but that doesn’t phase the media. They have been doing hatchet campaigns against Donald Trump from the beginning. Even when Trump collected close to $6 million for our Veterans the biased media tried to slander him and asked for an accounting of the money. Trump produced where every dime went any calked out the biased media and rightfully so. They claimed they had a right to ask questions but the reality is they were trying to condemn him. And yet they give Hillary a pass on everything she does no matter how vile and illegal. The media is very nonchalant, uncaring and cavalier, just as Hillary is, about the skaughyer of four Americans in Benghazi while she was Secretary of State. Even after she lied and said that the emails were destroyed and then suddenly they appeared she was never a questioned as to why she lied to the families of these fallen heroes and the American people for weeks saying that the attack was due to a video when she knew from the beginning, as her emails prove, that it was terrorist related. She put politics ahead of these men’s lives and the media has nothing to say. Ambassador Stevens sent hundreds of emails to Hillary Clinton asking for help which she ignored or denied but the media never even questioned her about it or made her accountable. The Clinton foundation has received millions of dollars from countries, most of whom are our enemies, whileHillary was Secretary of State. This money was supposedly paid for speeches that Bill Clinton gave but ironically after he was paid Hillary Clinton always made decisions in favor of those countries as Secretary of State even when those decisions were to the detriment of the United States . Again, the media remains silent. The reality is that the American people have had enough of these corrupt politicians and the corrupt biased media. No matter what they do it’s not going to change our minds and we still support Donald Trump. As a matter of fact the more the media tries to attack and demean Donald Trump the more supporters he’s getting. What has happened to America? We the people need to wake up and we need to take back our nation and we need to do it now.

  • Austinniceguy

    The only hope here is that the Trump camp gets this information in time to wipe the floor with $chittlery’s fat, wrinkled, stupid face with.

  • StupidConservativeValues

    The title of this article concedes that Trump University, and more importantly, the “man” himself is a fraud. And you stupid goobers; especially the ones in Texass can’t even tell.

  • Austinniceguy

    Thanks for your moronic response. You are another in a long list of morons whose responses I post to my “Wall of Delusional Morons” website. You assume that I am from Texas without any proof and I guess, without the knowledge that Austin is actually a proper name as well as the name of 7 cities in 7 states. You are an uneducated, delusional moron. It’s OK, not your fault, it’s the best your welfare parents were able to do with a low IQ moron they gave birth to. You should TRY and learn to comprehend what you read, your response outed you for the delusional idiot that you truly are.

  • StupidConservativeValues

    See dumbass, you just proved my point! Thanks! Maybe you should go get a degree from Trump University. How much is the tuition you may ask…how much $$ ya got?

  • StupidConservativeValues

    Obviously, you’re full of shit. If the MSM were truly liberal, Donald The Fraud wouldn’t have gotten this far without any scrutiny. The MSM is figment of your tiny wittle imagination.

  • StupidConservativeValues

    Hey dumb shit conservative, Hillary is going to win and Donald The Fraud is already flaming out. What the hell are you goobers going to do when Trump gets Dumped by patriotic Americans? Then who ya gonna cry to?

  • Austinniceguy

    That response just made a home run for my “Wall of Delusional Morons” website!!! You just PROVED yourself to be unable to comprehend what you read. Like I said, your parents did the best they could. You NEVER stood a chance with that crack ho and her pimp as your parents!!! ROTFLMFAO!!!! Please post more, it’s been a while since we had an idiot like you to toy with.

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  • StupidConservativeValues

    She gonna squat on your face and wipe her ass with it.

  • StupidConservativeValues

    Ha ha!

  • Austinniceguy

    More MORONIC BS from the little diarrhea for brains moron “StupidConservativeValues”. I love that even an old, pathetic moron like Bernout can beat $chittlery. You should do some research, as of this week Trump will hand her her @$$ on election day.

  • Austinniceguy

    Typical response from a delusional, low IQ moron. No substance, thank you for proving my point.

  • StupidConservativeValues

    Ha ha and ha!

  • Austinniceguy

    That’s the best the child of an old crack whore who got pregnant by her brother. TOTALLY expected from you!!!! I know, it’s what your mother does to you.

  • StupidConservativeValues

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  • Austinniceguy

    Thanks for further proving my point.

  • StupidConservativeValues

    Oops, my bad, she already wiped her ass on your face.

  • StupidConservativeValues

    Heedy ha ha!

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Jerome Corsi as a source? Seriously? You have nothing. Congratulations on turning your party over to a guy guaranteed to lose in November. Well played.

  • BakkenBill

    Not much ‘patriotic’ about supporting someone who failed to support Americans in danger when resources wee available. There’s nothing ‘patriotic about Hillary lying to the families of the Americans she abandoned in Benghazi.
    And there certInly is nothing Patriotic about jepordizing “our” country’s national security with her insecure Email server.
    She may get in the White House, Obama’s sorry apologetic ass did, but there will probably be an upheaval, the likes of which this country hasn’t seen in 140+ years.
    Good luck my confused countrymen.
    Liberalism is a mental disorder, just like gender confusion and homosexuality.

    WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

  • Emc2

    “Knock knock!”

    “Who’s there?”

    “FBI!”

    “FBI Who?”

    “What difference at this point does it make?”

  • Douglas Cave

    There is no meaningful difference between Clinton and Trump.

  • nicholsda

    More comments from a keyboard Hillary commando.

  • StupidConservativeValues

    Here ya go loser!

  • Jack Parsons

    Trump has an ego as great as all outdoors. He has been preparing for this exact moment for at least a decade. After Crooked Hillary was stabbed in the back by the super delegates in 2008 it was almost a cinch that she would be the party’s nominee in 2016. This presented a grand opportunity for Trump. Trump knew that if he could win the Republican nomination in 2016 that his likely opponent would be Crooked Hillary to whom he gave pay for play. Trump will demonstrate to America in the coming days that he contributed to Crooked Hillary and she bestowed political favors on him as a thank you. Trump has played it like a grand fiddle. Crooked Hillary is a sitting duck. She is running for only one reason – to stay out of prison. She is literally fighting for her life. We all will see her physical deterioration play out in front of us due to her hyperthyroidism, and the stress of her inevitable downfall. Has a presidential victor ever prosecuted his vanquished foe before? It is history in the making.

  • Jack Parsons

    Rubbish. She is a globalist. He is a nationalist. You couldn’t have a bigger difference.

  • Jack Parsons

    The Walden University grads are the main source.
    http://www.gradreports.com/colleges/walden-university

  • Jack Parsons

    Walden University gave illegals over $300,000 in student loans breaking the law according to a DOE audit.

  • Skiddle DeDe

    Yeah, that is what she does to the whole USA.

  • StupidConservativeValues

    Actually not Skiddle, you have the only ass big enough to do the job.

  • Skiddle DeDe

    You can open your mouth & spew all you want, but the TRUTH about Hillary & her jail bate husband is documented and out there for all to see. 25 yrs ago it would have been easy to doubt, and harder to find. Now it’s easy as putting “Clinton scandals” in Google. Try it.