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Media Elite Obsess Over Trump’s Taxes But Ignore Real Scam

vlcsnap-2016-09-26-21h50m28s621-e1474941067719The mainstream media has long been obsessed with the issue of presidential candidates’ taxes.

From Mitt Romney to Donald Trump, millionaire anchors have a super duper love of all things taxes: how much did he make; how much did he pay; what does it say about humanity?

So when the New York Times got its hands on Trump’s 1995 tax returns, which showed a $915 million dollar loss, and the fact that he potentially could’ve avoided paying income taxes for two decades as a result, the frenzy ensued.

Wall-to-wall coverage of degenerate Donald ensued, rightfully hammering him for running as the self-appointed “greatest jobs president God ever created” while losing close to a billion bucks in a year—and potentially paying no income taxes since.

But since it doesn’t fit into the never-ending horse race, networks, newspapers, and websites didn’t find it of any value to dive into the fact that Trump is just a microcosm of a much bigger problem.

A government that intentionally creates luscious loopholes for its billionaire friends and donors; and crumbs for everybody else.

Ever hear of a factory worker getting to write off thousands and subsequently not pay income tax for a decade when he goes belly up or his job gets offshored to China?

Of course not; nor do working-class folk get lower rates for investing in the stock market because, well, the majority can barely afford to invest in food, shelter and clothing these days, much less moving money around on the Internet.

Did Chris Matthews or Anderson Cooper (and their respective networks) find time in their breathless coverage of whether Trump’s tax treachery will be his final death knell to––gasp!––talk about how he is just one billionaire in the extensive plutocrat pony show that is our government-by-the-highest-bidder system?

Yes, The Donald’s tax dodge and business failures deserves some coverage.

But, dare I ask for some nuance about the con job that is the current tax system that goes beyond  booking Republican “strategists” as cable new guests to foam at the mouth about simplifying the tax code (i.e., giving plutocrats further tax breaks).

In the end, neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump will do a damn thing about our tax system for the rich because they are both bought off by the the rich.

And with the majority of our mainstream media’s finest also bought off by the rich––that is, the multi-billion dollar conglomerates that sign their checks and don’t want any changes to a system that allows them to pay next-to-nothing in taxes (remember when NBC was owned by GE?)––don’t hold your breadth for an in-depth discussion on the injustice of our tax system on your airwaves soon.

Unless it’s about Donald Trump.

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Jordan Chariton is a Politics Reporter for The Young Turks, covering the presidential campaign trail, where he’s interviewing voters on both sides. He’s also a columnist for Mediaite and here’s his latest column. Follow him @JordanChariton and watch videos at YouTube.com/tytpolitics.
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This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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