For those who don’t frequent her show you should know that Maddow tried to boost her ratings by telling people that she had a scoop. She has the first couple of pages of Donald Trump’s 1040 tax returns – from 2005.
It doesn’t seem to make any difference that it is a felony violation to reveal someone else’s tax returns without permission. No, laws don’t apply to left-wing television people.
Maddow must not have read what she had because what she showed her viewer is that Trump paid a lot of taxes that year. Thirty-eight million dollars in taxes on an income of $150 million is a lot.
She spent most of her show building suspense before she revealed what she had illegally obtained and she illegally shared it.
Slate says, “Rachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump’s Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle”
Trump had paid $38 million on income of $150 million that year. An hour later, about 20 minutes after The Rachel Maddow Show started, Maddow would confirm these numbers, turning her big scoop about Donald Trump’s long-missing tax returns into a cautionary tale about overhype. Rachel Maddow, you played yourself—and us too.”
You don’t have to do anything to people like Maddow. They volunteer to do it to themselves.