As stated in our readings, political scandal is a profitable trade. It brings about revenue and reach for the media outlet, and this election is a gold mine. There has undoubtedly been many instances where the candidates’ actions were under public questioning and attention. The New York Times article titled A Week of Whoppers From Donald Trump by Maggie Haberman and Alexander Burns examines 31 false claims from Trump and how such investigative journalism revealed these fallacies. This is not to say Hillary Clinton is above lying either, obviously. As stated in the article, “All politicians bend the truth to fit their purposes, including Hillary Clinton. But Donald J. Trump has unleashed a blizzard of falsehoods, exaggerations and outright lies in the general election, peppering his speeches, interviews and Twitter posts with untruths so frequent that they can seem flighty or random — even compulsive.”
His inaccurate statements, to put it lightly, range from declaring the presidential debate moderators to run an unfair system because “they’re all Democrats” to how African Americans and Hispanics are pulling for him in the polls. Both statements have been negated through such “watchdog journalism” referenced in Fogarty’s article. The Times’ article may not be an example of “scandal” per say but it is an example of how closely examined the candidates are by the public and media outlets.