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Democrats unimpressed by Rachel Maddow’s Trump tax return scoop

Democrats unimpressed by Rachel Maddow's Trump tax return scoop

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow released two pages of President Donald Trump’s 2005 federal tax returns on Tuesday.

While Democrats have beaten their chest for months about the need to see Trump’s taxes, they were unimpressed by what the returns showed: Trump did indeed pay $38 million in taxes on $150 million in income.

Brian Fallon, a former top spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, tweeted that Democrats should “not get distracted” by the 2005 tax return.

“Dems should return focus to Trumpcare tomorrow & the millions it will leave uninsured,” Fallon tweeted.


Former Rep. John Dingell, the legendary retired Michigan Democrat who holds the record as the longest-serving member of Congress, echoed similar sentiments.

“Most interesting # in Trump’s taxes: 24,000,000,” Dingell tweeted, referencing the 24 million people the Congressional Budget Office says will lose health insurance under Trump’s health care plan.

“Trump’s taxes are important, but I’m waiting on the long form,” Dingell added, a nod to Trump’s baseless attack on former President Barack Obama’s citizenship, which caused Obama to release his long-form birth certificate.


Some Democrats suggested the most newsworthy thing to come from the leaked tax return was the fact that Trump can, indeed, release his tax documents — something he’s so far refused to do. (The White House confirmed the numbers in the 2005 tax return reported on MSNBC.)


“The only news out of this is that the White House CAN release the President’s taxes, despite what campaign said,” former Democratic operative Mo Elleithee tweeted. “Which we all suspected.”

Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., taunted Democrats on the release of Trump’s tax return.

“Thank you Rachel Maddow for proving to your #Trump hating followers how successful @realDonaldTrump is & that he paid $40mm in taxes!” Trump Jr. tweeted.


Trump Jr.’s tweet — which amounted to a victory lap — led some to speculate that Trump himself leaked the returns.


“Oh, look, Hannity’s already out there stoking the ‘the media is the opposition’ fires on Fox,” Liz Mair, an anti-Trump GOP operative tweeted about Sean Hannity, the Fox News host who has served as a mouthpiece for the Trump administration, even appearing in a campaign ad supporting Trump.

“Total. Setup,” Mair added.

Emily C. Singer

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Rachel Maddow Makes History By Finishing In The Top 10 Most Viewed Shows On All TV

Rachel Maddow Makes History By Finishing In The Top 10 Most Viewed Shows On All TV

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Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show is growing so much so fast that she is drawing more viewers than broadcast television networks. Maddow recently finished in top ten among all networks and programs in her timeslot.

Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show is growing so much so fast that she is drawing more viewers than broadcast television networks. Maddow recently finished in top ten among all networks and programs in her time slot.

MSNBC announced Maddow’s unprecedented ratings growth via a press release:

MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” (M-F 9-10pm) finished in the top 10 among all networks in the time period on Thursday, March 2, according to Nielsen.

The primetime show delivered 2.5 million total viewers on Thursday and ranked #6 ahead of three broadcast networks: Fox Broadcasting, Univision and ABC. “The Rachel Maddow Show” also finished in the top 10 multiple times – including 14 out of the previous 19 days.

Among cable news networks, “The Rachel Maddow Show” topped CNN in both total viewers and in the key news A25-54 demographic on Thursday (2.5 million total viewers and 610,000 viewers A25-54 vs. CNN’s 1.3 million total viewers and 497,000 viewers A25-54).

During primetime in February 2017, more people watched MSNBC than CNN. “The Rachel Maddow Show” saw significant growth across the board and finished #2 in cable news for both total viewers and A25-54 demo. “The Rachel Maddow Show” delivered its biggest total viewer audience ever for a month. “The Rachel Maddow Show” also beat CNN’s regularly scheduled programs for the 45th straight month. The show posted its best demo delivery in the time period since November 2012.

When a cable news show is finishing in the top ten over 14 of the last 19 days and is defeating broadcast networks, that is a sign that something special is happening.

It should be noted that The Rachel Maddow Show was almost the top cable news program in its time slot. Tucker Carlson’s show, which is available in more homes than MSNBC finished 4th and Maddow finished 6th. Fox News is both available in more homes and holds a virtual monopoly on conservative cable news viewership.
Maddow is growing at a faster rate than Fox News. As President Trump attacks the media, viewers are turning to fact-based programs for the truth.

Rachel Maddow is finally getting some of the audience that she has always deserved, while MSNBC sees the highest ratings in the network’s history.

MSNBC and Rachel Maddow are finally breaking through.

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‘We’re in for the fight of our lives’: ACLU exec. dir.


‘We’re in for the fight of our lives’: ACLU exec. dir.

Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, talks with Rachel Maddow about the surge in public support since the election of Donald Trump, and how his group is preparing to defend civil liberties from President-elect Donald Trump’s stated agenda. Duration: 5:28
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WATCH: Maddow Catches Trump Doc Trumping Up His Credentials

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With help from a viewer, an obviously delighted Rachel Maddow discovered on Thursday that Donald Trump’s doctor exaggerated his credentials in the signature of his letter about the Republican nominee’s health.

Harold Bornstein is the gastroenterologist who declared Trump “will be the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” He was once a fellow at the American College of Gastroenterologists, and signed his letter vouching for Trump’s good health using acronym still defining him as a fellow at the association.

But Bornstein’s membership with the group lapsed in 1995, Maddow learned.

When asked by MSNBC about using the title in his signature without maintaining membership, Bornstein said that the title “has no value” but that he will continue to use it.

Watch the segment via MSNBC:

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An Exasperated Hillary Pushes Back Against Maddow: ‘I Am Ahead!’



Hillary Clinton expressed some agitation during tonight’s MSNBC town hall when Rachel Maddowasked her about the primary race against Bernie Sanders.

Maddow was asking about Sanders potentially dropping out after California “if you’re ahead in the vote, if you’re ahead in pledged delegates.”

Clinton interrupted to cry, “I am ahead! I am way ahead on both!”

She touted the millions more votes she has than Sanders and said “what he and his supporters are now saying just doesn’t add up!”

Clinton went on and on about sharing goals with Sanders before again emphasizing to Maddow, “But I am ahead! And let’s start from that premise while we talk about what happens next!”

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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Rachel Maddow’s own category is the ‘Best New Thing’ on ‘Jeopardy’

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow provides the clue in a new 'Jeopardy' category named after her 'Best New Thing In The World' segment. (Jeopardy)

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow provides the clue in a new ‘Jeopardy’ category named after her ‘Best New Thing In The World’ segment. (Jeopardy)


Answer: This MSNBC host is the basis for a category that debuted on the game show Jeopardy on Wednesday night, Ad Week reported.

Question: Who is Rachel Maddow?

The show released video of Maddow providing the clue for “Best New Thing In The World,” a set of questions based on a long-running segment on her show. It also posted a short video of Maddow explaining why she would have liked to cover the 1964 presidential election as it happened.

“With the country having just been through the trauma of the [John F.] Kennedy assassination, I just feel like ’64 was something that I would have liked to see up close,” she said. “And I would loved to have had a role in trying to make sense of it, trying to explain it.”

Watch Maddow provide a clue in the category, as posted online on Wednesday, below.

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And her remarks to the show can be seen here.

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Rachel Maddow Puts The Media To Shame With Brilliant Interviews Of Clinton And Sanders

Rachel Maddow Puts The Media To Shame With Brilliant Interviews Of Clinton And Sanders

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While other members of the media try to make news, Rachel Maddow showed how it is supposed to be done with two intelligent back to back interviews of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

While other members of the media try to make news, Rachel Maddow showed how it is supposed to be done with two intelligent back to back interviews of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

During her interview with former Sec. of State Clinton, Maddow went the extra mile by going back to Clinton get her discuss Donald Trump’s abortion punishment comments after she had already taped the interview.

Maddow got Clinton to offer a different perspective that didn’t match up with the Beltway conventional wisdom on the Republican Party and Trump:

What I think is going on is that, you know, they know, because of his personality, because of his divisiveness, which is much more out there than what you see among other Republicans, not that it’s that different, but the way he expresses it. You know, going after Mexicans as rapists, and criminals. Insulting women. Barring Muslims.

You know, that reflects a certain strain of belief within the Republican party. It’s not totally outside the pale of what many of their leaders have been saying, campaigning on, winning elections on. What they’ve done is to create the environment where someone emerges who is truly, in their view, a personality they don’t know what to do with. And yet on issues it– they should look in the mirror.

Rachel Maddow didn’t talk about emails or the other shiny Republican created objects that the media gets infatuated with. Instead, she asked intelligent questions, and she got smart answers.

During her interview with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Maddow gave Sanders the room to discuss the Republican Party in blunt terms, “And I think if we had a media in this country that was really prepared to look at what the Republicans actually stood for rather than quoting every absurd remark of Donald Trump, talking about Republican Party, talking about hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks for the top two tenths of 1 percent, cuts to Social Security and Medicare, Medicaid, a party which with few exceptions, doesn’t even acknowledge the reality of climate change, let alone do anything about it, a party which is not prepared to stand with women in the fight for pay equity, a party that is not prepared to do anything about a broken criminal justice system or a corrupt campaign finance system, I think, to be honest with you — and I just don’t, you know, say this rhetorically, this is a fringe party. It is a fringe party. Maybe they get 5, 10 percent of the vote.”

Rachel Maddow delivered two of the best candidate interviews that voters will see anywhere in 2016. Her interviews were informative to the electorate and demonstrated how it is possible to provide both entertainment and information. By not trying to make the news, Rachel Maddow added to the political discourse and provided two hours of shining programming in a sea of 24-hour cable news muck.


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Rachel Maddow Calls Out Trump

No other journalist has been as vociferous as Rachel about the dangerous precedent Trump has set with his supporters:


Escalating aggression marks Trump’s rally rhetoric

Rachel Maddow presents a video timeline of Donald Trump’s comments at rallies that have stoked hostility and incited violence by his supporters against protesters, leading to chaos after a canceled rally in Chicago.

Watch this video – it is astounding.

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Megyn Kelly Defends Maddow: ‘What’s the Harm’ in Her Moderating a Debate?

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow co-moderated last night’s  Thursday night’s Democratic debate, and while she did receive praise for asking tough, substantive questions, she did receive criticism because of the very fact that she was an outspoken liberal commentator moderating a presidential debate.

Oh, and also the fact that she hugged both candidates.

On Fox News tonight, Megyn Kelly and Howard Kurtz had their doubts about Maddow’s claim she would do the same for Republicans, with Kurtz insisting “she should not have been on that stage.”

Kelly, however, pointed out that the RNC has pushed for conservative commentators to co-moderate their debates (i.e. Hugh Hewitt at the CNN GOP debates), and she made it clear Fox News rejected them outright.

However, Kelly went on to say, “I find myself in the unusual position of defending MSNBC.”

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Rachel Maddow Grows Faster Than Fox News As Replay Ratings Jump 70%


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Rachel Maddow is experiencing some huge growth in viewership as the ratings for the midnight (ET) replay of her nightly MSNBC show are up 70% with younger viewers.

According to MSNBC’s press release on their November ratings, “In the key 25-54 demo, MSNBC saw double-digit growth for “Morning Joe” up 10% and MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts up 27%. The Rachel Maddow Show was up a staggering 70% at 12a and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell was up 61% at 1a. Since premiering in September, MTP Daily is up 10% over MSNBC Live.”

What is interesting is that Maddow finished third with these same viewers during her original 9 PM airing, but her viewership skyrocketed in November for the midnight replay.

Fox News had a very strong month, but compared to November 2014, ratings were flat or down, “In the daytime, Fox was flat in viewers and down 11 percent in the demo. In primetime, FNC was down 8 percent in viewers and 14 percent in demo viewers.”

Because of the Paris terror attacks, CNN’s total day viewership rose 26%, but their gains look small when compared to the growth that Maddow’s replay is experiencing.

Younger viewers (age 25-54) flocked to Maddow’s show during a busy November. The fact that Maddow has seen such an uptick at midnight suggests that viewers may have been tuning in to catch up on The Rachel Maddow show before bed.

While Fox News continues to struggle to build the next generation of younger viewers, Rachel Maddow’s show is becoming must check in with television when news happens.

A 70% viewership increase is impressive, and it demonstrates the power of Rachel Maddow as a media voice.

Jason Easley