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The Anatomy of Rachel Maddow's Rollout of Trump's Tax Returns

The Anatomy of Rachel Maddow's Rollout of Trump's Tax Returns

His father said reports that his tax returns just turned up in the mailbox of the journalist were "fake news" and that nobody had heard of the award-winning Mr Johnston.

You can't knock Rachel Maddow for flubbing the rules of TV news if she's not doing a TV newscast-and she's not. We're guessing she's probably cool with either.

WSJ notes that Hillary Clinton paid $3,517 because of the tax in 2015, according to her tax return, but it's impossible to know exactly how much Trump has paid because he has not released his tax returns.

"What we really would've been interested in ... were disclosures of all his income", he said.

Maddow's MSNBC report revealed two pages from Trump's 2005 tax returns that showed he paid $38 million on $150 million earnings, "which is well within respectable", Maher said. The Daily Beast also beat her to the air with a story on the tax return documents.

The night after Maddow's embarrassing faceplant, her ratings dropped 36 percent.

Margaret Sullivan is The Washington Post's media columnist.

When the issue of revealing tax returns first came up, if Trump had a consistent record of paying his share and more, why would he not have rushed to reveal same?

Despite the tax return not yielding anything of real significance, Mr. Trump still went out of his way denounce the findings as "fake news". She said she hoped it could be a first step toward more information about Trump's taxes being released.

If the Trump team were to have any hope of convincing a court that Maddow committed defamation, he would have to prove that Maddow and Johnston obtained Trump's tax returns illegally.

Maddow's broadcast was reportedly the second-highest-rated program in MSNBC history.

FRANK: Andrew, I think you might want to teach by example on that last point (more laughter and applause). "I don't do that because I don't think it's fair".

Fast-forward to March 14, 2017 and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

One thing Sutton and Lawler both believe Maddow definitively proved: There is an insatiable public appetite to see full copies of Trump's most recent tax returns.

Or Fallon on a presidential news conference: "Trump also discussed the recent bombshell about his staff communicating with Russian Federation, and said he hasn't made a phone call to Russian Federation in years".

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