To paraphrase our President, the mainstream media has been losing for so long that they don’t know how to win anymore.
Buzzfeed and CNN are still eating crow over their fake news scandal, wherein they wrote a story that was supposed to be THE devastating blow on the president from which he could never recover. Instead, the truth came out, and the truth was that Buzzfeed and CNN were fed lies and didn’t check the facts before sending out the article. Oops. Even still, their disastrous moment looks lame compared to this mainstream media meltdown.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show had promised America that she had Trump’s tax returns to be fully revealed on her show. Ah, the suspense – the returns must prove that Trump hasn’t paid any taxes! OH WAIT – now the story has changed to we have one tax return from 2005. And OH WAIT – that tax return proves Trump PAID his taxes…
At 7:36 p.m. Tuesday, Rachel Maddow tweeted, “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously),”sending the internet into a frenzy of theorizing.
BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 14, 2017
Did Maddow have Donald Trump’s tax returns or just one of the Trumps’ tax returns? Could this be it, the tax return that would bring down the Donald? If this was it, why wasn’t MSNBC cutting into its programming, instead of running a countdown clock to Maddow’s show? By 8:24, Maddow was tweeting that the tax return in question was Donald Trump’s 1040 from 2005.
What we've got is from 2005… the President's 1040 form… details to come tonight 9PM ET, MSNBC.
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) March 15, 2017
By 8:30, still half an hour before Maddow started airing, the White House had responded to the MSNBC report, saying that Trump had paid $38 million on income of $150 million that year.
14-Mar-2017 08:29:23 PM – WHITE HOUSE SAYS IN RESPONSE TO MSNBC THAT TRUMP PAID $38 MILLION IN TAXES ON INCOME OF $150 MILLION
— Jennifer Ablan (@jennablan) March 15, 2017
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.
“It’s been a little bit of a hullabaloo around here this evening, I apologize for being flustered,” Maddow said at the top of the hour, before confirming that her show had copies of Donald Trump’s federal tax returns, obtained by the reporter David Cay Johnston, to share with her audience. “In just a second we’re going to show you exactly what it is we’ve got,” she said, before launching, instead, into a 20-minute monologue.
What. A. Show. This desperate move by MSNBC only proves what Americans have known for a long time, that the mainstream media cannot be trusted, and that every good American, including the president pays his taxes. In fact, he paid more taxes than Bernie – can you imagine that?
Maybe MSNBC can have lunch with Buzzfeed and CNN and enjoy that delicious delicacy of CROW!