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The left and the right criticized MSNBC TV host Rachel Maddow for playing up two pages of President Donald Trump’s tax returns from over a decade ago on her show last night.

Even Bob Ley, a noted investigative journalist for ESPN, tweeted the following:

Mia Farrow, far from a conservative, tweeted her impatience about Maddow’s build-up:

Salon wrote a piece critical of Maddow’s show:

At around 7:30 p.m., the MSNBC host told her Twitter followers, “We’ve got Trump’s tax returns.” She promised to unveil them less than two hours hence.

That’s not quite what happened.

Despite the huge hype on social media (Rachel Maddow was the No. 1 topic on Twitter soon thereafter), viewers of “The Rachel Maddow Show” were not treated to an exhibition of the financial documents that journalists worldwide have been salivating over. Instead, after a 20-minute meandering monologue preceded by a commercial break, they were shown two pages of Donald Trump’s 2005 1040 form.

The disclosure wasn’t exactly the “total nothingburger” that Washington Post analyst Chris Cillizza pronounced it to be, but it absolutely was not the plethora of papers that Maddow had seemed to promise with “We’ve got Trump’s tax returns.” Instead of paying zero in taxes, as many liberals had supposed he did, the real estate magnate cum politician paid 25 percent of his income.

If you lost the likes of ESPN investigative journalist Bob Ley, Mia Farrow and left-wing outlet Salon… you must be doing a poor job.

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