Robert Scheer And Journalist David Cay Johnston Discuss The Duplicity Of Trump

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs to the crowd during his speech on the
CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 21: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs to the crowd during his speech on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Cleveland, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Republican National Convention kicked off on July 18. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Donald Trump's success and presidential candidacy are not an accident. They are the result of a rigged financial system.

In this week's episode of KCRW's "Scheer Intelligence," Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author David Cay Johnston about the Republican nominee's rise to political prominence, his questionable business practices and how he has avoided being indicted. Johnston is the author of The Making of Donald Trump and has been covering the economy and Trump's shenanigans for over 25 years.

During the conversation with Scheer, Johnston also explains why the American press is no longer as respected or powerful as it once was.

Adapted from Truthdig.com