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Mar 16 2017

Rachel Maddow Blames Her Own Viewers for Trump Tax Return Farce

Maybe somebody somewhere took Rachel Maddow seriously before her Trump tax return debacle, but not now. Even Slate is calling the farce “a cynical, self-defeating spectacle”:

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. 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. 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. 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.

Speculation is high that Trump himself released the document, since it makes him look great, despite Madcow’s comically prolonged attempt to weave it into her murky conspiracy theories. This episode also confirms that the media is so unhinged by its hostility that it cannot be trusted in matters pertaining to Trump.

If Madcow is not both a ratings whore and an idiot, the only other explanation for this debacle is that she defected to Trump’s side and staged this clownish spectacle because it was the best way she could help him.

Well, there is one other explanation — Rachel’s own:

Maddow claims that she never oversold the story and it’s the viewers’ fault if they read more into her tweet, promotion and countdown clock [than] they should have.

“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.”

Again we see that honesty is external to anything Madcow barks.

She had better enjoy her little ratings bump, because she is unlikely to see another one, even if next time she really does have a scoop.

Rachel Maddow.

No wait, this one is Rachel Maddow.

On tips from Bodhisattva and TCS III.

41 Responses to “Rachel Maddow Blames Her Own Viewers for Trump Tax Return Farce”

  1. TED says:

    AND THEY really try to pass Maddow off as a FEMALE?!!

  2. Chronos Z. Wonderpig says:

    Trump does not release his tax returns, liberals are all AAHHHHHHH – TRUMP!!
    Trump does release his returns (maybe), Liberals are all AAHHHHHHHH- TRUMP!!

  3. TED says: Just because IT IS ONE doesn’t mean IT HAS ONE!!!!

  4. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Now that’s just not fair. Rosie doesn’t consume $38 million dollars of food in a week. If she settles for left-overs, it would easily feed for for eight days.

    And those big bags of dog food can be really budget-friendly, too.

  5. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Wait….can you grab her there?

  6. grayjohn says:

    Typical. No character, no shame, no pride.

  7. Eddie_Valiant says:

    Doncha’ love it when leftists eat their own?

    Way to go Slate!

  8. Agrippa says:

    Rachel who?
    Oh, that dumb ……
    What a dolt.

  9. TED says:

    IF HER is a HER…

  10. Mr. Freemarket says:

    Exactly. Seems I remember something from Crocodile Dundee II…..

  11. StephaneDumas says:

    Rachel Madcow,…errr I mean Maddow is now the new Geraldo Riviera. Picture from

    And let’s enjoy that rant from Paul Joseph Watson.

  12. TED says:

    NA, that’s not a…

  13. TED says:

    TYPICAL LEFT, always think THEY are ENTITLED to BOTH-WAYS…

  14. MiloMason says:

    “Rachel Maddow Blames Her Own Viewers for Trump Tax Return Farce”

  15. millard fillmore says:

    She was more believable when she played Alfalfa on Little Rascals.Yep,she’s older than you think.I won’t say dumber and dishonest,everybody already knows that.

  16. Buffalobob says:

    Rachel Maddow the Wiley E Coyote of cable news.

  17. ICEvictim says:

    OMG!! that is both too funny and too disgusting!!

  18. ICEvictim says:

    what’s REALLY amazing is that 4 million people tuned in to her show
    apparently they still do not understand the meaning of the word gullible

  19. ICEvictim says:

    that came immediately to mind when she announced it

  20. Area man says:

    You spelled Richard wrong.

  21. Mr. Freemarket says:

    The classics will live forever….

  22. Artfuldgr says:

    And if they would have derailed him an hillary won, we might not have known how deep their rabbit hole took us most of the time!!! at the time, most couldnt believe how slanted the news was as they thought it wasnt that far off… now its over the edge and reason is returning a bit… to the public not the press..

  23. […] Remember the famous scene in The Public Enemy, where James Cagney, playing a ruthless gangster, smashes a grapefruit into Mae Clarke’s face [video]? Paul Joseph Watson, the redeeming quality of Infowars, does the same to Rachel Maddow — except that instead of employing a grapefruit, he uses her own massive fail: […]

  24. Rocky Dixon says:

    No she doesn’t all the time.

  25. 762x51 says:

    Wait he filed a 1040 with $150m in income and $38M in taxes? Does she have his W-2 to prove it?

    Also if this was legit, it is a federal felony to disclose that information. I bet Butch Madcow would love some quality time with a few hundred fellow ditch lickers.

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  27. Agrippa says:

    Gee, she sounds a lot like somebody else I’ve read about — hmmmmm!
    Oh, yeah, her hero, Adolf Hitler, who took to blaming the German people at the end for not believing in National Socialism enough, not fighting hard enough, etc., etc. Little Rae Madcow’s Disease — fascist to the core!

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