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Did Donald Trump just leak his own
tax return to make himself look good?

Independent [UK], by Andrew Buncombe

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 3/15/2017 10:08:45 PM

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

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.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: dman, 3/15/2017 10:44:45 PM     (No. 11190808)

Prog meme de jour. /s

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 3/15/2017 11:19:05 PM     (No. 11190825)

Buncombe better talk to Philip Bump of the WaPo. He has considered the whole matter and doesn’t believe President Trump leaked it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mabelkitty, 3/15/2017 11:35:45 PM     (No. 11190839)

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.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: droopydog, 3/15/2017 11:41:14 PM     (No. 11190843)

It would, however, be funny if he was the source and can now put a madcow head on a plaque above his fireplace.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: steph_gray, 3/15/2017 11:42:28 PM     (No. 11190845)

There is another big reason he did not leak it.

He said he did not, and I believe him.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: LoneVoice, 3/15/2017 11:50:52 PM     (No. 11190849)

Does anybody believe that Maddow bothered to actually read those two pages before she hyped up how she would be revealing them? I think she just assumed the information would be damning Trump.

Just because someone´s on TV it doesn´t mean they´re all that smart. Especially if that someone is a leftist reporter.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: qr4j, 3/16/2017 7:31:39 AM     (No. 11190971)

The article is more useful as fertilizer than a monstrous pile of cow manure.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: god of irony, 3/16/2017 7:38:33 AM     (No. 11190979)

When you start your headline with the word "Did" you know the article will be fact free.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: chillijilli, 3/16/2017 8:51:13 AM     (No. 11191045)

#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.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: paral04, 3/16/2017 9:03:46 AM     (No. 11191066)

Brilliant move if he did.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: MattMusson, 3/16/2017 10:30:17 AM     (No. 11191194)

The New Media Narrative - We are not really stupid. He just makes us look stupid.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/16/2017 10:44:28 AM     (No. 11191226)

I think it´s entirely possible, even probable, that Trump did leak it. But if so, so what? The media are squalling for him to release all his tax returns. So, maybe he released this one.

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