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Friday, March 17, 2017
CNS' Jones Obsesses Over Calls to Release Trump's Taxes -- Then Ignores Actual Release
Topic: CNSNews.com

CNSNews.com has been weirdly obsessed lately with media mentions of calls for Donald Trump to release his income taxes.

We noted that on March 2 and March 6, CNS' Susan Jones made a point of bringing up how Sen. Al Franken said that Trump should release his tax returns, even though the subject at hand was some other Trump-related controversy.

In another March 6 article, Jones quoted Sen. Susan Collins noting that any investigation of claims that members of the Trump campaign collaborated with Russia before the election or Trump's still-unsubstantiated claim that  President Obama wiretapped Trump campaign headquarters might require a look at Trump's tax returns.

On March 9, Jones devoted yet another article to it, this time based on comments by Nancy Pelosi and framed as Pelosi wanting to rummage through them for something that caused "personal embarrassment to the president." Jones huffed: "Democrats, including Pelosi, say Trump is the only president since Gerald Ford not to release his tax returns. There is no law saying he must do so."

Another March 9 article by Jones touched on it as well, which noted a proposed Democratic amendment to the Republican health care bill "that would allow the [House Ways and Means] committee to review Trump's tax returns in closed session." Again, Jones grumbled that "there is no law requiring Trump to release his tax returns."

Jones still wasn't done. She began a March 13 article this way:

As more and more Democrats angle to see Donald Trump’s tax returns, believing they may contain information that could be used against him, the ranking member of the House intelligence committee took a more measured approach on Sunday.

Jones didn't mention that Trump's abject refusal to release his tax returns like every other major presidential candidate in modern history invites this kind of speculation. As the saying goes, if you have nothing to hide, you hide nothing.

That six articles in 11 days on Democrats wanting to see Trump's taxes. A little obsessive, perhaps?

Here's the capper, though: When MSNBC's Rachel Maddow released a two-page summary of Trump's 2005 tax return on March 14 -- information that was confirmed by the White House -- Jones didn't see that as news, for she did no story on it.

It looks like Jones has once again exposed her bias for all the world to see.


Posted by Terry K. at 1:56 PM EDT

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