YOUR OPINION: Report all news on Trump trials

Dan Schnieders, Jefferson City

Dear Editor,

Horned rim glasses don't make you brighter; having a "news" program doesn't either. That's what I now believe after viewing Stephanie Ruhle of MSNBC's "The 11th Hour" covering Donald Trump's New York fraud trial.

On Nov. 30, Ruhle painstakingly detailed how Rosemary Vrablic, a Deutsche Bank (DB) executive, handled millions of dollars worth of loans dealing with Trump properties, implying, but never stating how, there was something nefarious about these transactions. This is the civil case being brought by the New York Attorney General (Letitia James) who believes Trump defrauded New Yorkers somehow by allegedly inflating the value of his properties to secure more favorable loan rates.

Ruhle then proceeds to parade Susanne Craig, a New York Times investigative reporter, who describes how Trump's business dealings with the bank go back to the 1990s, only to be soured by a Trump lawsuit that took place in the financial crisis of 2008. Craig says DB vowed to stop doing business with Trump over the suit, but just three years later in 2011, Vrablic was courting his business once again. Trump's suit against DB was settled out of court in 2010.

Why is it that Ruhle was reporting what everyone knew already? Why didn't she report what other business-focused outlets (Bloomberg, Fortune, CNN, US News and World Report, NY Times and the Wall Street Journal) were reporting; that a DB executive by the name of David Williams had just testified at Trump's trial that it's "atypical, but not entirely unusual" for a bank to slash a client's stated asset values by 50 percent and still approve a loan." Adjusting a client's asset value is part of the bank's due diligence. It's part of their underwriting process applied to every client, regardless of what's reported. When asked if a difference of opinion in asset values between the client and the bank was a disqualifying factor to extend credit, Williams simply replied, "No." Why not, you ask? "It's just a difference of opinion." William's testimony has never been reported on MSNBC.

For those keeping score, this is what Trump has stated all along. While most of us recognize that Trump's personality can be outrageous and even unpleasant, these trials aren't about what is right or fair; they are about unfairly derailing the former president's campaign.