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Trump, scandal and media coverage

by Kristina Livingston - Executive Editor
Tue, Apr 17th 2018 09:00 pm
Despite constant coverage of Donald Trump, it seems that his time in the spotlight earns him no consequences. People are uninterested in holding him truly accountable, or even paying attention to yet another scandal involving the nation's fearless leader.
Despite constant coverage of Donald Trump, it seems that his time in the spotlight earns him no consequences. People are uninterested in holding him truly accountable, or even paying attention to yet another scandal involving the nation's fearless leader.

 It is the nature of the abuser to silence the accuser – no one wants to get found out for despicable behavior, especially if you have a reputation that despicable behavior could put an unwanted taint upon. While over a dozen women have come forward to speak on our glorious president’s tendency to sexually harass a certain gender, it seems just last week an adult film star broke her silence on a payout settlement to keep quiet – following that, a former Playboy Playmate made headlines for claiming she was deliberately silenced with a $150k cash payout regarding an affair between the president and herself, according to CNN.

Now, it seems no one knows exactly what Trump’s role in these situations has been specifically, other than that his longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen brokered one payout, and that a tabloid company owned by a friend of Trump’s by the name of David Pecker finessed the other. Now, new rumors have swum to the disgustingly convoluted surface that The National Enquirer, the lovely publication owned by Pecker, allegedly paid a doorman to keep quiet about a child Trump had fathered with an ex-employee. According to vox.com, the former doorman, Dino Sajudin, confided in the company, selling the rights to his account for $30,000. Sure, technically Sajudin “agreed” to get the story off his hands for the cash, and The National Enquirer can’t be held to the most ethical standards, so this is a shock to no one, but it once again brings to light claims of infidelity in the Trump marriage department.

At what point will the American public be bothered enough by Trump’s not-so-secret highly publicized affairs and exploits? It is also interesting that a magazine like The National Enquirer makes deliberate choices to buy out the accounts of men and women who know details of Trump’s mistakes specifically. Why not add fuel to the fire? The National Enquirer has exposed true controversial stories in the past – although these have been few and far between – so why not have the headlines be brutally honest rather than have them pop up on other news sites?

According to vox.com, “former campaign chair turned White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is quoted as saying of Trump’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz, “Kasowitz on the campaign – what did we have, a hundred women? Kasowitz took care of all of them.”

This conversation isn’t new. I can publish a thousand opinion pieces about this topic in particular and no consequence will face the president, other than perhaps convincing other powerful men to shell out a hundred thousand dollars or so.

Apparently, as it turns out, The National Enquirer kept the doorman story under wraps because it sent its tabloid hounds on a search and nothing turned up true. If that's the case, then the only inference I can make is that Pecker and his pals want to make money moves to keep their places in Trump’s good book. We can only speculate that Pecker is influenced by the world of big dollar signs and not truthful journalism. At the risk of sounding like a cheap conspiracy theory, perhaps people like Cohen and Pecker are pawns who will get even more power and pay if they navigate the messy trails Trump leaves over the course of his presidency.

My endless concern, one which I shouldn’t have to mull over as often as I find myself doing, is why is the American public content with these allegations of assault and extramarital affairs which seem to plague Trump wherever he goes? I know we’ve all gotten content with comfortable silence regarding that one time Hillary Clinton sent emails on a server she shouldn’t have, but damn, if a woman can’t make a stupid blunder once without having it land her on the cross, while the most repulsive man who has ever walked the earth – and that’s a hard title to earn as there are many contenders – is freely cheating on his wife and violating women.     

Cohen, Pecker, Trump and all their friends can plot and do whatever it is they have to do to get away scot-free. Sajudin’s claim may be false, but the magazine still paid for it to be forgotten. What truths about Trump haunt living, breathing people walking around in the world today, afraid to speak up lest they be bribed to be able to continue to afford to live?

 

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