Maddow sees huge ratings boost from Trump taxes teaser

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"I'm a big fan of Rachel Maddow, I want her on the air, but you can be a fan of somebody and not like everything they do", he told guest panelists Barney Frank, a former MA congressman, and author Andrew Sullivan.

And there it was, the big qualifier to her major news: The show only had "a portion" of President Trump's tax returns, a fact she neglected to mention in her tweet for obvious reasons. But he said it created hype like a countdown clock to "liberal New Year's Eve".

She then proceeded to spend a half hour providing background on what the tax returns could say, before finally diving into the heart of the story that anyone with a Twitter feed could have accessed nearly an hour earlier.

"Which is well within respectable!"

In a freaky twist of events, we too have received a Donald Trump tax return.

"They are bad people", Trump said about Maddow's reporting of Trump's 2005 taxes on her show last week.

That was obvious only a minute into her program when she told an audience anxious for the damning goods: "You may have heard, we've got some significant breaking news tonight. This is getting played".

Well excuse me for taking that to mean she had important information to share.

"Thank you, sir", he replied, before correcting himself.

The buildup to Rachel Maddow's big, supposedly white-hot exclusive on Donald Trump's 2005 tax return Tuesday night, not the actual news of what the documents said, ended up being the resounding story of the evening.

Unless and until Trump releases his returns, including all supporting materials, we are entitled to assume that he has something to hide, whether it's embarrassingly chintzy charitable contributions, chronic exaggerations of his wealth, business ties to Russia-or some combination of the three. "The bombshell here is that some of his tax returns have been made public for the first time, when he's been trying to hard to keep them secret", Maddow explained.

Maddow has chose to cover the Trump administration like a silent movie, so the show could pay more attention to what is being done rather than what is being said. Here are some examples.

Maddow has emerged as the favorite cable news host for presidential resistors in the opening days of the Trump administration, just as Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity is one for supporters or Keith Olbermann was the go-to television host for liberals in George W. Bush's second term. I want to know if there's more where that came from.

Trump posted multiple tweets in 2012 citing an anonymous source, as the Daily Beast's Colin Jones noted.

It seems to this casual observer the selective tax form release could have meant to show Trump's taxpaying history in the best light.

She's determined not to get lost in the noise, particularly since she believes Trump is skillful at distracting the media with a new story - even an unflattering one - when he doesn't like the attention being paid to another.



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