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Sunday News Shows Gloss Over Trump University Settlement

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Sunday News Shows Gloss Over Trump University Settlement

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Reprinted with permission from Media Matters

Sunday morning political shows barely addressed — or completely ignored — the recent settlement in the class-action fraud lawsuit against Trump University and President-elect Donald Trump. In doing so, these outlets are continuing a pattern by broadcast and cable news of ignoring important revelations about Trump’s business and charitable practices.

On November 18, Trump agreed to pay $25 million to settle the class-action fraud lawsuit against the now-defunct Trump University in which the defendants alleged, according to the Los Angeles Times, that Trump “defrauded customers into thinking they would learn real estate secrets from professors he had ‘handpicked.’ The students said they learned little and instead were subjected to hard-sell tactics urging them to spend thousands of dollars on classes.”

As NBC reported, “The settlement likely means that Trump will avoid becoming possibly the first sitting president to testify in open court.” The New York Times called the settlement “a remarkable concession” for Trump, “who derides legal settlements and has mocked fellow businessmen who agree to them.” The Times also pointed out that the settlement is a “significant reversal from Mr. Trump, who had steadfastly rejected the allegations and vowed to fight the lawsuits,” and that he “doubled down” on that response when “political opponents pressed him on the claims during the campaign, saying he would eventually reopen Trump University.”

Despite the unusual nature of a president-elect settling a multi million-dollar fraud lawsuit, the November 20 editions of the Sunday morning political talk shows — including ABC’s This Week, CBS’ Face the Nation, CNN’s State of the Union, Fox’s Fox News Sunday, and NBC’s Meet the Press — barely covered the settlement. Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday did not mention the settlement at all, while This Week, State of the Union, and Meet the Press spent a combined total of merely four minutes and eight seconds on the news.

The omission provides yet another example of media continuously ignoring new revelations and investigative reporting about Trump.


Media Matters searched Nexis and Snapstream for mentions of Trump University or Trump U. on the November 20 editions of ABC’s This Week, CBS’ Face the Nation, CNN’s State of the Union, Fox’s Fox News Sunday, and NBC’s Meet the Press. Mentions were coded and timed for length on Snapstream.



  1. bobnstuff November 21, 2016

    That darn liberal media always attacking poor Mister Trump. Oh wait, they hardly even mention his settling. I guess $25,000,000 isn’t enough to get excited about.

    1. Jinmichigan November 21, 2016

      $25M for 7,000 students translates into 10 cents on the dollar. DON the CON strikes again.

      1. bobnstuff November 21, 2016

        It’s around 1% of Trumps net worth, hardly worth reporting.

        1. terrysb November 21, 2016

          We really don’t know his net worth yet. Why shouldn’t he be required to give the ethics commission his tax returns. How else are they going to monitor his conflicts of interest? If his 3 Indian business partners hadn’t spilled the beans, we would not have known he met in secret with them. This is why he wants to stay in the gold tower. People can come and go and the press will never known because there won’t be a gatekeeper in the WH to monitor foreign visitors or anyone else for that matter. He will be free to conduct his businesses free of scrutiny and negotiate with his kids about deals etc.

          1. bobnstuff November 21, 2016

            Trump will be the least transparent President of the last 100 years. There is no way he can not have a conflict of interest. Trump thinks rules are for others and he likes playing fast and loose. The funny thing is that he could very well make more money if he truly stayed away from his companies.

          2. terrysb November 22, 2016

            Tonight there was a report that in Trump’s meeting with the British politician Farage he encouraged him to build up opposition to the windmills off his Turnberry golf course which was going to affect the views. He also talked with the Argentine prime minister about some difficulty his investments in that country were having some problems. Trump just can’t believe the rules apply to him. The problem is no one will know about his clandestine meetings with foreign investors, bankers, etc. to talk business – who is going to monitor him? Trump is preventing the press from covering his activities. The fact that his transition team produced a video to substitute for a press conference, further demonstrates he cannot think on his feet because he has no idea what he is doing, he can’t really talk about policies of any kind beyond adjectives: it’s great, he’s the best, they are such talented people — he sounds like he is talking about contestants for a game show he is hosting.

  2. OverthecliffRepublicans November 21, 2016

    Trump said it was a phony lawsuit and he wouldn’t pay a nickel. He must be guilty of fraud because an innocent person doesn’t pay 25 million dollars to settle a “phony” lawsuit. He probably knows how to loot 25 million from the U.S. Treasury to make up for his settlement.
    House Democrats and the public need to keep the heat on Jason Chaffetz that we will not accept the business conflicts of interest that come with a Trump Presidency.

  3. Jon November 21, 2016

    It’s too bad those who Trump conned into voting for him prior to the election didn’t know about this.Surely they would have never voted for a swindler and fraud.

    1. iamproteus November 22, 2016

      If they didn’t know, it was because of willful ignorance!

      1. Jon November 22, 2016

        Maybe cognitive dissonance or too damned lazy to get informed. Who knows? Probably all 3 and then some.

  4. tommie.walsh November 22, 2016

    It’s been one year since I decided to quit my old job and I never felt so good in my life… I started doing a job from my house, for a company I found on-line, few hours every day, and my income now is much bigger then it was on my last work… Last paycheck i got was for 9000 bucks… The best thing about it is the more free time i got with my kids… http://chilp.it/8d93f4b


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