MSNBC's Rachel Maddow faces widespread criticism after hyped tax return scoop turns out to be a dud
- On Tuesday evening, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow launched a flurry of speculation and excitement by tweeting "we've got Trump tax returns" an hour and a half before her show. Her scoop - which came after a characteristic, if ill-advised, contextual wind-up, during which The Daily Beast actually beat her to the punch - ultimately revealed nothing more than that Trump finagled his way into paying a rate of less than 4 percent on his regular federal income tax in 2005.
Almost immediately, viewers began to skewer the way Maddow had hyped the information. By Wednesday, Slate's Willa Paskin recounted the event by writing that "Maddow seemed uncharacteristically nervous as she wended her way though what could kindly be described as context and which I am unkindly describing as word salad, a long meander that was difficult to follow even without the distracting promise of a revelatory tax return at its end." National Review was less kind, declaring: "Rachel Maddow Wastes Everyone's Time."READ MORE: Former CIA Director slams pro-Trump media for peddling 'illegitimate' and 'non-fact based world view'(Excerpt) Read more at: theweek.com ...
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