Rachel Maddow Scores Own Goal With Trump Tax Return Scoop

Trump Tax returns Reveal Trump paid $38 Million in Taxes on $150 million in Income in 2015

Rachel Maddow of MSNBC thought she had the scoop of a life time. She had scored a copy of Donald Trump’s 2005 Form 1040. Ms. Maddow took to twitter last night announcing that she would reveal Donald Trump Tax returns at 9pm that evening. Prior to her show airing the White House released Mr. Trump’s tax information showing that he paid $38 million in taxes in 2005 on income of $150 million, along with a statement:

“You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago. … Mr. Trump paid $38 million dollars even after taking into account large scale depreciation for construction, on an income of more than $150 million dollars, as well as paying tens of millions of dollars in other taxes such as sales and excise taxes and employment taxes and this illegally published return proves just that. Despite this substantial income figure and tax paid, it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns. The dishonest media can continue to make this part of their agenda, while the President will focus on his, which includes tax reform that will benefit all Americans.”

After babbling for about twenty minutes on the importance of releasing tax returns, Rachel Maddow finally revealed what she had been hyping and the White House already released, the President’s 2005 1040 and the details previously released by the White House.

The mainstream media is determined to take down Donald Trump with “the Russians did it” charges.

The mainstream media has also made incessant demands that Mr. Trump release his tax returns with the hopes that his tax information might reveal, as Hillary Clinton and others have speculated, that he has not been paying taxes or has financial ties to Russia.

In one fell scoop, Ms Maddow laid to rest those claims with a spectacular own goal disproving these suspicions. Not only has Donald Trump paid his taxes as the 2005 1040 shows, but that he paid them at a higher rate than MSNBC owner Comcast (24%), former President Obama (19%) and Bernie “Trump must pay his fair share” Sanders (13%).

What did the Donald have to say about all this today? FAKE NEWS!

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Breitbart Calls Sessions Attack- Fake News

The Democrats have tried the same tactics that were successful in removing General Flynn from Trump’s cabinet on Jeff Sessions. General Flynn was asked to resign when it surfaced that he had contacts with Russians in December that he did not disclose to Vice President Pence. President Trump made it clear General Flynn did nothing wrong in his actions, but that the failure to report them to Mr. Pence was worthy of asking for his resignation.

The Democrats are now pointing to a couple of meetings that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had with the Russian Ambassador that he did not disclose in his confirmation testimony to Congress. Democratic Senators, including Nancy Pelosi, immediately began calling for Mr. Sessions to resign for “lying to congress”.

A careful review of the exchange that Senator Sessions had with Senator Franklin during his confirmation hearings indicates that Sessions wasn’t asked if he, acting in his capacity as Senator, had meet with Russians, but rather whether as a surrogate of the Trump campaign had communications with the Russians in connection with any exchange of information between Russia and the Trump campaign. To which Sessions responded.

“Senator Franken, I’m not aware of any of those activities. I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I didn’t have — did not have communications with the Russians, and I’m unable to comment on it.”

Trump has stated that he has full confidence in Senator Sessions.

Breitbart News characterized the distortion of Senator Sessions remarks as “Fake News”

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CNBC Denies Trump Claim 94 Million People out of Labor Force, Retracts

During President Trump’s address to Congress last night he noted “Ninety-four million Americans are out of the labor force.”

CNBC, desperate to discredit President’s Trump claim that 94 million are out of workforce, tweeted last night that it is untrue. CNBC then deleted the tweet and “clarified”:

“Clarification:Trump claim that “94M people are out of the labor force” is correct; his past statements that they can’t get a job is not true.”

The labor force participation rate is at multi-decade lows:

labor force participation rate 1996-2017

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate [LNU01300000], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LNU01300000, February 28, 2017.

The labor force participation rate is down, not only because of retiring baby boomers, but also because an increasing percentage of people in their prime working ages (25-54) have left the labor force.

labor force participation rate 1996-2017 25-54

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate: 25 to 54 years [LNS11300060], retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis; https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/LNS11300060, February 28, 2017.

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Trump Tells Breitbart News: I said FAKE Media is the Enemy of the People

President Trump Repeats: I Said Fake News Media is the Enemy of the People

Since Donald Trump has referred to the Fakes News Media in a speech at CPAC and on Twitter as the enemy of the people, the mains stream media has incessantly characterized Mr. Trump’s statement as “the media is the enemy of the people” omitting the word “fake” (eg. here and here.)

Yesterday, Donald Trump gave Breitbart News an exclusive interview. The first topic was about Donald Trump’s “Fake news is the enemy of the people” statement that the fake news media continually and intentionally omits the word “fake”:

HICKS (Breitbart reporter): “They said ‘Oh Donald Trump said the press is the enemy of the American people.’”

POTUS (Donald Trump): “Right. They take ‘fake’ media off. They say ‘the media is the enemy of—well, they didn’t say the ‘fake media.’ I didn’t say the media is the enemy—I said the ‘fake media.’ They take the word fake out and all of a sudden it’s like I’m against—there are some great reporters like you. I know some great honorable reporters who do a great job like Steve [Holland] from Reuters, others, many others. I wasn’t talking about that. I was talking about the fake media, where they make up everything there is to make up.”

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Matt Lauer To George Bush: Do You Think the Media is the Enemy of the People?

The main stream media, that Donald Trump calls the fake news media, continues to misstate the President’s quote on which media is the enemy of the people. Since Mr. Trump has been clear in referring to media outlets like CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC and the New York Times as “fake news”, those outlets have been the most offended by the charge and have either taken the offensive like the NY Times in their Oscar Award Ceremony “truth” TV ad or mischaracterize Mr. Trump’s statement like CNN did recently, in order to create outrage against the President.

Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today show was the most recent offender in the fake news media’s “enemy of the people” ranting. In the clip below, Lauer asks former President Bush if he ever considered the media as “the enemy of the people”, inferring that Donald Trump considers the media (vs the FAKE news media) as the enemy of the people.

Lauer’s line of questioning allows the former President to refute a statement Trump never made.

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A reminder as to what Donald Trump actually said – he clearly refers to the FAKE news media as the enemy of the people:

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CNN Says Trump Says the Media is the Enemy of the People

The President has been clear that it’s the FAKE NEWS MEDIA that is the enemy of the people not THE MEDIA

Donald Trump has called the fake media an enemy of the people quite a few times. He has noted, however, that media outlets have changed his statement to “the media is an enemy of the people” purposefully leaving out the word “fake”.

Here is an example of a CNN reporter repeating the charge that Donald Trump calleds “the media” an enemy of the people during an interview with Ben Stein.

“He said.. he called the media the enemy of the people.”

What Trump actually tweeted:

Mr Trump clearly referred to the “fake news media” as the enemy:

The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!

CNN: earning their new nickname everyday, Very Fake News!

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New York Times Takes Out Ad To Combat “Fake News” Tag, Trump Responds

New York Times Bought Television Ad That Aired During Oscar Ceremony

Soon after Hillary Clinton lost the Presidential election to Donald Trump, despite the best efforts of The New York Time to prevent such an outcome, the New York Times and other main stream media outlets began the mantra that “fake news” (and the Russians) helped Donald Trump win the election. Indeed, the New York Times mentioned “fake news” incessantly in the six week period from the election to the end of December.

Even Hillary Clinton rolled out of bed one day in December to denounce the evils of fake news.

number-of-articles-in-the-new-york-times-referencing-fake-news
Fake news references in the New York Times were up 531% in 2016 over 2015.

Many of the alternative news outlets that the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Facebook and other main stream media companies tagged with the moniker “fake news” fired back that the real fake news was coming from the main stream media companies. Alternative news media outlets created their own fake news lists that included the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, CBS and other main stream media companies.

The term fake news, first introduced by the main stream media to characterize their alternative media competition, began to backfire so spectacularly that the New York Times and Washington Post called for a ban on using the term!

On January 11, 2017 at a press conference Donald Trump specifically called out CNN as “fake news”. Later February 16, 2017 on Donald Trump downgraded CNN to “very fake news“.

The term “fake news” had boomeranged on the main stream media.

During the Oscar awards ceremony last night the New York Times aired an an ad that attempted to portray themselves as the purveyors of truth and the President as a liar.

You can see the New York Times “Truth” commercial here.

The President’s reaction was swift and pithy:

The tables have indeed turned. Instead of eliminating alternative media by destroying them with the fake news tag, the New York Times is now spending money to defend their reputation as a “not fake news” media outlet.

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Sean Spicer Shuts out Fake News Outlets From Press Gaggle

The “Fake News” media was sent into a tizzie today when ten media outlets were prohibited from participating in a “press gaggle’ in White House Press Secretary’ Sean Spicer’s office. Excluded from the press gaggle were CNN, the New York Times, Buzz Feed, the Washington Post, The Hill, Politico, the Daily Mail, the BBC, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Daily News.

Allowed access to Spicer’s office were alternative media news organizations Breitbart, the Washington Times, One America News Network. ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, AP, Reuters, Time and Bloomberg were also invited. AP and Time boycotted the event apparently in solidarity with their main stream media bretheren being excluded.

CNN immediately express outrage issuing a statement calling the exclusion “unacceptable” and CNN’s Jake Tapper calling the move “Un American“. Reporters Without Borders claimed that the exclusion was unacceptable “in the country of the First Amendment”.

Breitbart referred to the media outrage over their exclusion as “fake news”, noting that Presidents Obama often held private briefings exclusively for “liberal media” outlets.

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Don Lemon Ends Segment Abrupty When Guest Calls it “Fake News”

The concept of “fake news” was invented by the main stream media in order to silence alternative media. Coupled with accusations of Russians the term fake news was intended to shut down free speech.

The NY Times used the term fake news over 100 times in December 2016 to raise awareness of the threat it posed to “our democracy”. The main stream media companies made arrangements with social media platforms to help stamp out fake news. Hillary Clinton also joined the fight against fake news.

The Washington Post publicized a list of fake news web sites that they cited as also having Russian ties. That set off counter charges by alternative media outlets calling main stream media outlets as purveying fake news.

THEN Donald Trump called out CNN as fake news and then doubled down and called CNN very fake news. The term “fake news” has stuck more to the main stream media outlets than the alternative media news sites.

This pisses off the reporters at CNN, MSNBC and the New York Times to the point of excessive justification and outright annoyance.

The fake news term has boomeranged to the point that the Washington Post wants to retire the term.

Don Lemon recently threw a hissy fit when one of his guests referred to his entire segment on the cost of protecting the president as “fake news”

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Fake News is the Enemy of the People – Donald Trump

Donald Trump has increased the pressure on the “failing New York Times” and “fake news” CNN by referring to these news outlets and others of their ilk as “enemies of the people”. The President tweeted today:

Update February 24, 2017

Trump Repeats that the fake news media is “enemy of the people charge” during his CPAC speech.

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