In the latest chapter in the Trump-bashing saga, The New York Times claims to have obtained – albeit, if authentic, illegally – two decades of President Trump's tax returns. Sunday, September 27th, The Times published a long-winded, detailed article regarding the President's suffering finances. The op-ed slams Trump for "vast write-offs," declaring that he's paid very little, and some years zero, income taxes within the last decade and a half.
As far as how The Times was able to get their hands on this confidential information, they claimed, "All of the information The Times obtained was provided by sources with legal access to it. While most of the tax data has not previously been made public, The Times was able to verify portions of it by comparing it with publicly available information and confidential records previously obtained by The Times."
The fact that The Times specifies only being able to "verify portions of it" should raise antennas. Even admitting that they collected, "...years of employee compensation information..." – how could that be legal? The article goes on to debunk their own claim about Trump only paying $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017, by later clarifying, "Each time, he requested an extension to file his 1040; and each time, he made the required payment to the I.R.S. for income taxes he might owe — $1 million for 2016 and $4.2 million for 2017. But virtually all of that liability was washed away when he eventually filed, and most of the payments were rolled forward to cover potential taxes in future years."
Whatever the legality or authenticity of this information may be, no one in the mainstream seems to care about looking into that. The media is focused on convincing the people that Donald Trump's businesses are hemorrhaging money. And this may very well be true; however, the American press continues to make it challenging to decipher honest reporting from anger-fueled hit pieces. Perhaps the most apparent bias is the author's complete inability to refer to him as "President Trump" even once. Instead, the article is packed with references to "Mr. Trump." This type of blatant disrespect has become the norm in 2020, yet it would never have been tolerated with any previous sitting president.
Regardless, Trump's negative press is good news for former Vice President Biden, as we gear up for the debates. Joe Biden's campaign quickly reacted to The Times article, using the opportunity to release an ad about President Trump's history with tax write-offs.
This turn of events seems rather timely considering the recent heat on Biden regarding his finances. The Senate released a lengthy report just last week diving into the Biden family's shady business deals with foreign nationals – a topic that received very little attention on the major news networks.
More will be revealed from both sides as we head into the debates, which kick off September 29th at 9:00 pm eastern.