March 16, 2017
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is blaming her fans for over-hyping the Tuesday release of two pages of Donald Trump’s 2005 tax returns, a story that proved Trump paid more in taxes than many of his liberal critics.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTunmp) March 16, 2017
“She thought she had @realDonaldTrump against the ropes and she’s the one who ended up getting KO’d,” Trump tweeted early Thursday.
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Maddow posted the message “we’ve got Trump’s tax returns” shortly before her show’s broadcast Tuesday, but Trump released the information himself before the show aired. The documents, which The New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston claims to have received in the mail, ultimately showed Trump earned $150 million in 2005, and paid $38 million in income taxes that year.
Maddow spent 20 minutes of her show Tuesday explaining why the tax return is important, and teased all the possibilities it could reveal, before exposing what Fox News Channel’s Steve Doocy described as “a big nothing burger,” the Associated Press reports.
She spent Wednesday defending against criticism that she over-hyped the documents, and blamed her fans for the let-down.
“Because I have information about the president doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a scandal,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that it’s damning information. If other people leapt to that conclusion without me indicating that it was, that hype is external to what we did.”
But the network played up Maddow’s scoop with a countdown clock:
She also claimed the long introduction to the reveal on “The Rachel Maddow Show” was by design but not intended to lead views to believe the information was damaging for the president.
“My priority is to get the…