David Cay Johnston, the journalist who first got President Trump’s year 2005 tax return, accused the White House of unfairly distributing his find to other reporters this week.
In a radio interview Thursday, Johnston said the White House didn’t play by journalistic rules when it put out a combative statement to other media outlets to undercut Johnston’s reporting, rather than talking directly with him.
“Instead, they — first of all, and this is to anybody in the news business totally unethical — they took my exclusive story before it went up at DC Report, which is my website, DC Report,” he said on SiriusXM. “They went and gave it to other reporters, that’s just — you don’t do that. I’ve never had a company or a White House all the way back to Nixon do anything within a million miles of that and then they acknowledged the [tax] document but they had this nasty statement that they put out. And they never officially got back to me. They put out a statement, which tells you this really got under Donald Trump’s skin.”
You’re opposing him David. All’s fair…..
“I mean, Donald Trump is a very immature personality and if somebody else had sent [questions to the White House over the tax documents], he may have reacted differently. Perhaps it’s because of me. In fact, I think it’s because of me that he responded, Joe, in this way of attacking and making these false claims.”
It is all about the journalist, isn’t it?