New York - For almost as long as anyone can remember, people have been asking Donald Trump to release his taxes. During the presidential election campaign, the New York tycoon said he would happily release them, once they had finished being audited by the Inland Revenue Service. But as time went by, Mr Trump seemed more and more reluctant to do so, especially after the New York Times obtained a return from 1996 that suggested he may have paid no federal income tax that year whatsoever. The White House made clear he would not making them available and Mr Trump
Comments: Yep that´s it. Trump knew in advance that the reporter would run to Madcow, she would bungle the reporting of it, and the public would just shrug.
Nope. Clintonista released it. Consider this: Maddow´s Twitter feed was exploding with fellow media travelers whooping it up over her ´scoop´ and couldn´t believe she got ´the get´.
20 minutes in, people start to think that this hyperbole was going to reveal the end all and be all to ´get Trump´.
Not one minute after her reveal, every blue checked account just lambasted her, with Rosie O´Donnell being the first.
If they were able to see that this was garbage, even WITH the long drawn out connect-the-dots-that-aren´t-there, why couldn´t Johnson and Maddow?
Why did these two supposedly look at these two documents and proclaim this breaking news and a big deal?
Because someone they trusted gave them the documents and they took that person´s word and reputation and believed it. Unquestionably. The person who provided it had such authority that rational thought went out the window.
That is why, when viewed by a third parties, it didn´t hold up.
No, this was not dropped off anonymously in Johnson´s mailbox.
#3 makes some very persuasive points. Until right now, I was pretty certain Trump or Bannon masterminded the setup to make NBC look idiotic. But I do agree with #3´s point that Maddow/Johnson surely HAD to know going in that there was not much "there" there in the 2 pages. So it´s reasonable to wonder why they proceeded to humiliate themselves? It makes sense that they did it because they had complete, 100% faith in whoever gave them the documents and that their trust in the leaker overrode all logic and reasoning. I read somewhere that these tax returns had been held since JUL and not released until now? If that´s true, we should also be wondering about the timing of the release.
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme has died of esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease, according to published reports. He was 73 years old. Demme is best known for directing “The Silence of the Lambs,” the 1991 horror-thriller that was a box office smash and a critical triumph. The story of an FBI analyst (Jodie Foster) who uses a charismatic serial killer (Anthony Hopkins) to track a murderer became only the third film in history to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories ( picture, actor, actress, director, and adapted screenplay), joining the ranks of “It Happened One Night” and
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