Alan: Heartfelt thanks to Sicilian-American friend, John Tarantino, for forwarding this article.
This post is unusually important not only because it reveals Trump's vility but because Pulitizer Prize-winning author David Cay Johnston escapes "the tyranny of the moment" to focus the underlying issue: "It is not a journalist's job to act as a stenographer but to delve deep as an investigative reporter." (Alan: I paraphrase from memory.) If this one journalistic principle were kept in mind, Devious Donald could no longer take advantage of outragous posturing as a dependable strategy for capturing "news cycles." Instead, he would be thrown back on his heels in a permanent posture of self-defense. No modern American politician, perhaps no American politician ever, has been encrusted in as much muck as Trump. It is time to confine Despicable Donaldto the sty where he wallows.
Pulitzer Prize Winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston discussed his 27-year-long investigation into Donald Trump’s not-so-secret business affairs during an interview with CNN. In an article written forPolitico, Johnson details facts regarding Trump’s mob ties that most mainstream media outlets have chosen to ignore.
‘Trump’s career has benefited from a decades-long and largely successful effort to limit and deflect law enforcement investigations into his dealings with top mobsters, organized crime associates, labor fixers, corrupt union leaders, con artists and even a one-time drug trafficker whom Trump retained as the head of his personal helicopter service.’
‘In Atlantic City, Trump built on property where mobsters controlled parts of the adjoining land needed for parking. He paid $1.1 million for about a 5,000-square-foot lot that had been bought five years earlier for just $195,000. The sellers were Salvy Testa and Frank Narducci Jr., a pair of hitmen for Atlantic City mob boss Nicky Scarfo who were known as the Young Executioners.’
According to Johnson, Trump “hired mobbed-up firms to erect Trump Tower and his Trump Plaza apartment building in Manhattan, including buying ostensibly overpriced concrete from a company controlled by mafia chieftains Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno and Paul Castellano.”
So, instead of focusing on real-time problems and the extreme risk Donald Trump poses to the safety of the United States, mainstream media has chosen to focus on Trump’s circus acts that are likely a diversion set in place to distract voters from what’s really going on.
Back in March, a Chief Investigative Correspondent for Yahoo! News, Michael Isikoff, wrote a piece detailing Trump’s mob ties, and it too, went largely ignored.
Trump is quick to point fingers at Hillary Clinton over her email scandal, yet it’s blatantly clear he’s got bigger problems of his own to worry about.
As Johnston points out in his report:
‘No other candidate for the White House this year has anything close to Trump’s record of repeated social and business dealings with mobsters, swindlers, and other crooks.’
He told CNN:
‘Donald Trump has a long history of dealing with mobsters, big mobsters, drug-dealers and others. For example, his personal helicopter pilot, Joseph Weichselbaum, was a major marijuana and cocaine trafficker. Donald pleaded for leniency for him.’
‘By the way, Trump Tower was built not with steel gurgers like most high-rises, but concrete owned by S&A Concrete, owned by two of the biggest, most vicious mobsters in New York, Fat Tony Salem and Paul Castellano.’
These are the Donald Trump stories that need to be shared. Let’s turn away from the charade and delve deeper into the real issues, lest we have a sketchy, deceptive man taking over the White House this fall.