Maddow on Trump Tax Scoop Fail: People expected too much

Tomas Mccoy
March 18, 2017

Maddow's reveal, when it finally came, was interesting if underwhelming: Trump paid $38 million taxes in 2005 at about a 25 percent rate and took a huge write-down.

Presidents and major candidates for the White House have routinely released their income tax returns.

Defending the online promotion of the show, Maddow told The Associated Press: "Because I have information about the president doesn't mean that it's necessarily a scandal". Somewhere in a basement file cabinet, I also have two 1040 tax returns from 2005.

At 6:36 p.m. that night she tweeted "BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns".


And a recent Langer Research poll showed that nearly three-quarters of Americans believe Trump should release his tax returns.

Unlike Geraldo Rivera, who was pilloried after his Al Capone vault debacle, Maddow knew that what was in the Trump tax returns wasn't damning, yet she still hyped it on Twitter and played her audience for fools, thereby becoming the epitome of fake news. The Trumps paid relatively little ordinary income tax - $5.3 million - but they did pay $31 million in the alternative minimum tax, which kicks in when people with high incomes use a lot of tax deductions.

He also suggested that "it's entirely possible" Trump leaked the returns himself, as the billionaire is wont to do with personal material when "he thinks it's in his interest".

Rachel Maddow battled back on Thursday, telling the Associated Press that if people felt let down by her report about Trump's tax document it's more due to their preconceived ideas than anything she did. Devoting an entire hour to what is essentially a one-segment story is editorially questionable and clearly meant to draw a big audience. Among viewers under 50, Maddow scored a 1.0 rating, more than doubling her usual demographic and tripling cable news leader "The O'Reilly Factor's" usual showing, Vulture reported.

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