Accuracy in Media

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow punk’d viewers last night when her big tease about President Trump’s 2005 tax returns turned out to be a big bust for liberals who were hoping to find that the President hadn’t paid any taxes, as they alleged during the campaign.

Liberal actor Kal Penn got so bored he switched to reality TV.

Comedian Norm Macdonald, who was originally excited about what Maddow would reveal, questioned whether or not she broke the law.

Maddow said that Trump declared $150 million in income in 2005 and paid $38 million in taxes, or about 25%—a figure widely cited by the media. By comparison, President Obama’s effective tax rate was 18.7  percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-VT) was 13.5 percent in 2014.

But according to The Federalist, Trump’s tax rate was closer to 79 percent, which would make Maddow’s big reveal even worse for liberals.

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera said Maddow now has her “Al Capone Vault” moment, reflecting on his 1986 TV special in which he led a camera crew into s secret vault that once belonged to gangster Al Capone, only to find it empty when opened.

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