Why Is This A Story?

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First of all I'm no huge supporter of Trump so far.  However, why did the corporate shrills at MSNBC think they had a story with 2 pages of Trump's 2005 tax return.  Trump paid over $38 million in federal taxes on $153 million in income, an effective tax rate of about 25%.  As other media outlets have pointed out, that at least for year 2005 Trump paid on average more than other people with similar income.

 

So why is this a story?  The two pages in themselves aren't enough to make solid conclusions.  Are the fame seeking neoliberals at MSNBC so hard up for ratings they will put out such a useless and incomplete story?  Wouldn't journalism ethics have dictated having more complete information before building a story around Trump's taxes?  It just illustrates why so many Americans have become disgusted with MSM and are using alternative channels on YouTube to get their information.

 

MSNBC and Rachel Maddow should be ashamed of themselves but of course they are not.  They first used Trump for ratings in the election process and now are trying to gin up ratings again by a non story. What a bunch of shameless losers.

 

 

Comments

Leroy Added Mar 15, 2017 - 7:05pm
George, I think this one has already backfired.  NPR made a big deal of it this morning.  It accurately reported that Trump paid an effective 25% rate.  I'm thinking, "Well, that's good news.  It destroys the idea that he is a tax evader and doesn't pay his fair share."  But, no, that is not how it went down.  They reported that he used tax shelters that were so bad that congress outlawed them.  It harped on the idea that if it wasn't for the alternative minimum tax (AMT), he would have paid much less in taxes.  It went on to say that Trump wanted to do away with the AMT and if it wasn't for that he would have paid less than 3% in taxes and that would have been less than what the poorest of the poor pay.  I lost count how many times that was mentioned.  They were really digging.  It looked like a fool with that idiotic report.
George N Romey Added Mar 15, 2017 - 7:16pm
MSM is clueless that most people are looking for economic opportunities and justice. This is how Trump will be judged. However, someone like Maddow making a few cool million a year can't and doesn't want to relate to real problems.  In their bubble these are not real issues.  Donald Trump's tweets are.
Dino Manalis Added Mar 15, 2017 - 7:23pm
Trump's tax return proves he's a wealthy globalist who pays his taxes!  Congratulations!
Patrick Writes Added Mar 15, 2017 - 7:55pm
It made Trump look better because Hillary said during the debates that it's likely he paid no taxes and that's why he didn't want to show his tax returns. Looks like she was wrong. 
Jeff Jackson Added Mar 15, 2017 - 9:26pm
Rachel Maddow will never, ever be ashamed. She has been indoctrinated, and she is convinced that she is an intellectual, and her positions unassailable. She uses sarcasm and criticisms that I admit I do not understand, only because her explanation of why whatever it is happens to be so illogical and insensible that how she could be sarcastic makes absolutely no sense to me. Seriously, in the few seconds that I have watched her, I am baffled by what she insists is terribly wrong; it's as if she's from another planet.
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Mar 16, 2017 - 12:24am
Why it's it a story? Answer = Trump. I actually agree 100% with what Jeff Jackson said. Maddow has no Journalistic ethics. I usually watch the Tonight Show but she is on it right now blathering on about Trump's taxes so I changed the channel. Can't stand her so bad that I blocked her on Twitter. She's a neoliberal embarrassment to us actual liberals and women around the world. A terrible yellow journalist, apparently from Mars (just a guess on that last one). 
Minister Peaceful Poet Added Mar 16, 2017 - 1:11am
Obvious witch hunt.  I didn't know all the details.  Our TV screens are all pointed to CNN and I saw it flash across the bottom of the screen and I'm like, Ok  - and ???? They're just looking for anything.  It's disrespectful to the office of the president.  I think they are really crossing those lines and if people can't see it, they are blind. 
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 16, 2017 - 1:39am
Yet another chapter in the deep state's attack on Trump. The intensity of attacks against him only serve to illuminate how terrified they are of people waking from their slumber. I can't imagine how awful it must be to be in DUHmerica these days. 
Doug Plumb Added Mar 16, 2017 - 4:10am
re "Mainstream media is digging their own grave.  It's so obvious it makes me wonder if it's intended. "
 
It is intended. The destruction of all institutions is required to bring in the JNWO. Under Talmudic law everything will be different and those changes must be welcomed when everything else is destroyed. People already believe that Jews should operate without question due to the holocaust.
Doug Plumb Added Mar 16, 2017 - 4:25am
Also, see Carlson and Trump. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahrcPMNAd14
Louis E Weeks Added Mar 16, 2017 - 9:36am
At this point the far left media must dance with the girl that brought you to the party.  They operate on the expectations of those who watch their shows, if they are not radical enough, they lose favor. 
 
There is this visceral hate with the radical left, and the media has to serve that hate. 
Janie Smith Added Mar 16, 2017 - 12:08pm
Pretty much the same percentage I pay. 
Mike Haluska Added Mar 16, 2017 - 1:00pm
George - there is only ONE criteria used by the mainstream media to determine whether or not to publish/broadcast a "story":
 
Does the material potentially embarrass or harm the Trump Administration?
 
If the answer is "Yes" they run with it, truth and verification be damned.
Bill H. Added Mar 16, 2017 - 1:35pm
 
Trump should just simply release his tax returns as virtually every other recent President in history has done. He claims he has nothing to hide, so rather than keeping himself controversial and casting doubt upon his administration, he should just be open (unless of course, there is something he is trying to hide).
He brings on his own problems. He is simply creating all of the fodder that the media feeds on. It's like fishing...if you quit "chumming" the voracious school of predators will go away.
Mike Haluska Added Mar 16, 2017 - 2:28pm
Bill H -
The stupid tradition of pandering to the Left's "Class Envy" by revealing Income Tax returns should be stopped on principle if nothing else.  What an American citizen earns is NONE OF ANYONE ELSE'S BUSINESS - PERIOD!  
 
First of all, an income tax return that has been filed and checked by the IRS is assumed to meet all tax regulations.  Second, if the Left wants to know about someone's wealth, an income tax return tells very little.  There are LOTS of wealthy people who hardly have any taxable income - they're living off their bank account balance, a trust, retirement fund, etc.
 
Finally - where is the outrage and indignation about somebody in the government committing a felony by releasing Trump's tax return?  Why aren't you condemning the news outlet that published it?  All that this continual barrage of anti-Trump Fake News accomplishes is further the lowering the already pathetic credibility rating of the mainstream media.  
Mike Haluska Added Mar 16, 2017 - 2:30pm
Bill H - if the mainstream media was as "objective" as you claim, why aren't they hounding Obama, Pelosi, Schumer and your socialist idol Sanders about their paying a lesser tax rate than Trump???
Louis E Weeks Added Mar 16, 2017 - 3:22pm
Bill,
The recent push to get people to release tax returns is a far left tactic to paint people whop make money as evil, period.  There is no reasonable argument for asking candidates to release their tax returns.
 
Now if they had tax liability issues and dodged paying taxes etc now that would be something tangible, but just the tax returns themselves supply no  useful information at all.
 
 
I could not possibly care less about Trump's taxes, as long he followed the laws of our land why would anyone care?  Every American only pays the taxes they have to pay.  Each American can voluntarily donate extra money to the Government any time they want to or they can choose not to take exemptions or deductions they are entitled to.  So how many times have you donated extra money to the Government Bill?  How many times did you intentionally not take all the tax deductions you were entitled to?
 
 
Bill H. Added Mar 16, 2017 - 3:39pm
 
If Trump truly "has no dealings at all with Russia", then he could put that to bed by releasing his tax returns.
Again, Guys....it seems that he himself wants to continue being hounded by the press that he claims to hate so much. Most of the issues he is dealing with are a direct result of his narcissistic ego and the inability to tell the truth. Maybe he just likes to entertain his troops by being constantly negative, gruff, and constant desire to appear regal.
Leroy Added Mar 16, 2017 - 4:24pm
"If Trump truly "has no dealings at all with Russia", then he could put that to bed by releasing his tax returns."
 
Hey, Bill, why don't you release your tax returns to us?  What have you got to hide?  Maybe you have contacts with the Russians.
 
Oh. Why should you, you ask.  Why, that would be an invasion of privacy, you say.  What business is it of yours if I play checkers with Putin?  Exactly.
Bill H. Added Mar 16, 2017 - 5:39pm
Again, funny how people from a party that has historically been outspokenly anti-Russian are now OK with them because Trump says it's OK.
He's got you guys under full control.
No need to even attempt a discussion here.
Carry on!
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Mar 16, 2017 - 6:19pm
I was OK with Russia for years before Trump ever thought about running for President. And I'm a liberal progressive. Why is it wrong to want peace and normalized relations with Russia instead of nuclear war? Why is it "wrong" to like Russia, because of what exactly? Is it wrong to love America, even though American has.... 
 
Attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments, most of which were democratically-elected. target="_blank">https://williamblum.org/essays/read/overthrowing-other-peoples-governments-the-master-list
Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries. target="_blank">https://williamblum.org/chapters/rogue-state/united-states-bombings-of-other-countries
Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders. target="_blank">https://williamblum.org/chapters/killing-hope/us-government-assassination-plots
Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries. target="_blank">https://williamblum.org/essays/read/suppressing-revolt-and-revolution
Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
 
Though not as easy to quantify, has also led the world in torture; not only the torture performed directly by Americans upon foreigners, but providing torture equipment, torture manuals, lists of people to be tortured, and in-person guidance by American instructors.
 
How is Russia worse than this? 
Bill H. Added Mar 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
 
Hi Jenifer-
I also don't have an issue with Russia. I am a licensed Ham Radio operator and I have conversations on a regular basis with other operators in Russia and especially on Sakhalin Island. They are great people.
I am just mystified how those in the Republican Party who have historically been outspoken about the "Evil Empire" and the "Godless Communist Society" can all of a sudden swing 180 degrees in defense of Russia simply because their Orange God has told them it is OK.
Next thing you know, Trump will become buddies with Kim Jong-Un   and be asking us to buddy-up with North Korea, and I'm sure that Trump's faithful followers with fall right in-step without any question or remorse.
It's all about how simply some people can be manipulated and controlled.
If Trump on the other hand had come out with his fist swinging against these countries (and even poor Australia), his puppets would be right behind yelling "Blow them up, Blow them up, Blow them up".
 
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Mar 16, 2017 - 7:17pm
Bill I think that the opposite may be about to happen regarding North Korea:
Is the US Preparing for War Against North Korea? - http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46655.htm
And the jury is still out on how Trump will actually deal with the Russians (as my most recent article shows). 
Cliff M. Added Mar 16, 2017 - 9:23pm
George, The media will not stop until they take him down.He has created a mortal enemy with his brutal attacks. I can not figure which side of his mouth he is talking out of and if it is unintentional or by design.One day he is a populist and the next he is a right winger.I wonder if he is supporting conservative policy that he knows will fail just to appease the congress in return for something else like infrastructure.The republican congress is doing a good job of painting themselves into a corner.If they get the policy they want it is political suicide. If they don't they lose the support of their base.My guess is they are trying to take the money and run.
Bill H. Added Mar 16, 2017 - 11:01pm
 
Yes, Jenifer.
I believe you are correct. North Korea is acting like the little kid around the corner that keeps driving by on his bicycle making faces and sticking his tongue out at me (his name was Tony and this was back in 4th grade).
I finally snapped and stuck a broomstick into the spokes of his bicycle and proceeded to beat the living sh*t out of him. After that, he would not even come within a half a block of me or my friends.
Just like a pesky fly buzzing around the kitchen, I believe we are getting very close to getting out the flyswatter and smashing Kim.
If we don't, then he may actually lob one of his clumsy missiles as far as Hawaii or use Japan as an example.
He needs a good whipping by somebody.
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Mar 16, 2017 - 11:48pm
I think your assessment is correct Bill. At least Trump may get this one correct. More on that story:
US Delta Force, SEAL Team 6 Prepare To Take Out Kim Jong-Un, Practice Tactical North Korea "Infiltration" | Zero Hedge - http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-03-13/us-delta-force-seal-team-6-prepare-take-out-kim-jong-un-practice-tactical-north-kore
On March 1, the WSJ reported that the options contemplated by the White House in response to recent North Korean acts, include "the possibility of both military force and regime change to counter the country’s nuclear-weapons threat." The review came amid recent events have strained regional stability including last month's launch by North Korea of a ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, and the assassination of the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Malaysia.
More at the link... 
Shane Dean Added Mar 17, 2017 - 1:52am
What cracks me up is that any other news of actual import is getting buried under this "ALL TRUMP ALL THE TIME" insanity.  For instance, no one is even batting an eye that the President of Turkey is practically copying Hitler's moves verbatim to consolidate all government power under his chair.  Unlike Hitler, Edrogan has nuclear warheads, and with a partnership with Pakistan could very easily go to war with India.  How much havoc would THAT cause???  But hey! Trump DIDN'T pay 50% in taxes so he must be evil.  Rome is falling my friends.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Mar 17, 2017 - 2:20am
I can't ignore the casual and implicit acceptance of the premise that DUHmerica has the right to effect regime change or mount an attack against a sovereign nation that is rightly terrified of being attacked by DUHmerica after decades of attempts and threats. 
 
Who the fuck do you think you are? You're the bullies! It's not just your leadership, it's the guy you look in the face every morning. 
 
FUCK YOU!!!
Opes Added Mar 17, 2017 - 10:38am
The millennial generation and some of the old hippies seem down-right gullible. Too many people are being convinced that a false-reality is the actual reality.  But the lies were pushed so frantically hard that it has exposed these propagandists, that is why the slogan of "Deplorable" backfired.
James E. Unekis Added Mar 17, 2017 - 5:37pm
The left media have become a rabid group of lunatics that needs to be destroyed.
 
They have NO integrity, no ability to discern truth and no investigative abilities not given by nature to Chimpanzees.
 
Instead of becoming embarrassed the are doubling down.  If the sane people of this country do not do the same then we will become a poverty stricken socialist country eating cat food to survive like Venezuela. 
 
I'm fighting back daily in subtle ways.  Join me in the fight or enjoy your meager rations comrade. 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Sekhmetnakt Added Mar 18, 2017 - 6:55pm
OK... 
Anyhow, this is a story to serve as a distraction from real news like this:
“Russia Hysteria Makes Conflagration In Syria More Likely” @mtracy https://medium.com/theyoungturks/russia-hysteria-makes-conflagration-in-syria-more-likely-d620dea7d60d
 Now back to our meager rations, comrades...