What they are saying about Rachel Maddow and Trump's tax return

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 12:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 12:48 PM


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On Tuesday night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tweeted that she had some of President Donald Trump’s income tax returns and would be sharing them with her viewers a couple of hours later on her nightly show.

Maddow’s tweet was initially met with anticipation by those on social media, but, soon after, questions arose about why MSNBC would wait for nearly two hours to reveal the contents of the return.

After Maddow revealed  the income tax information -- it was a two-page “client copy” of a 2005 tax return by Trump -- both liberals and conservatives seemed to wonder what the hype was about.

The White House released the contents of the tax return in between Maddow's tweet and when she revealed it on her show, saying in a statement, "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."

Here is what some media outlets are saying about the way Maddow and MSNBC went about releasing the information.

Shattuck: Rachel Maddow left with nothing after fake news report

Boston Herald

“We’ve dodged two winter storms in a row. The first was the named Stella and the second looked to be called Rachel, as in Rachel Maddow.

Nature will take its course, but Maddow veered wildly off course last night when the pride of MSNBC announced via social media that she had Donald Trump’s tax returns and would release them at 9 p.m.

As the big moment approached, she clarified that it would be returns from just 2005 that we’d see.

Fine.

Then the moment of truth and ...

Nothing.”

Rachel Maddow's epic buildup to ... 2 pages from Trump's 2005 tax returns

CNN

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow teed up a major scoop about President Donald Trump's taxes on Tuesday night -- only to end up disappointing many in the political-media establishment with a report that was widely characterized as overhyped. …

That information was based on two pages of an IRS 1040 form supplied to journalist David Cay Johnston, who was a guest on Maddow's show.

By the time Maddow got around to sharing that information, it had already been supplied by the White House and published on The Daily Beast, where Johnston is a columnist. Even so, the documents left the public with more questions than answers.”

Rachel Maddow Lands a Scoop, Then Makes Viewers Wait

The New York Times

“Rachel Maddow had a big scoop, and she handled it her way.

With a single tweet on Tuesday, Ms. Maddow, the MSNBC anchor, set the political world ablaze, announcing at 7:36 p.m. that she was poised to reveal previously unseen tax records from President Trump on her 9 p.m. program. (“Seriously,” Ms. Maddow added.)

In the need-it-this-instant world of online news, 84 minutes struck some journalists as an awfully long time to wait. The White House took advantage, releasing a pre-emptive statement that detailed Mr. Trump’s tax figures from 2005 before MSNBC had a chance to air its own report. The Daily Beast and other news outlets ran items as well. …

The revelation itself, however, was held back until after the first commercial break, a windup that some fellow journalists, eager for any bombshells, found exceedingly lengthy.”

Twitter Explodes Waiting for Rachel Maddow to Expose Donald Trump’s Tax Returns — Only to Be Let Down

People

“Rachel Maddow’s surprise announcement Tuesday night that she would be broadcasting portions of President Donald Trump‘s tax returns created a frenzy on social media.

But by the time “The Rachel Maddow Show” aired, reaction was mixed. Many liberals were disappointed that Maddow only had two pages of the billionaire businessman’s taxes from 2005 – and no bombshell.

Conservatives – including the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. – crowed that the documents showed Trump paid $38 million on $150 million in revenue, seemingly refuting claims that he dodged taxes.”

Rachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump’s Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle

Slate

“At 7:36 p.m. Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow tweeted “BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously),” sending the internet into a frenzy of theorizing. Did Maddow have Donald Trump’s tax returns or just one of the Trumps’ tax returns? Could this be it, the tax return that would bring down the Donald? If this was it, why wasn't MSNBC cutting into its programming, instead of running a countdown clock to Maddow’s show?

By 8:24, Maddow was tweeting that the tax return in question was Donald Trump’s 1040 from 2005. By 8:30, still half an hour before Maddow started airing, the White House had responded to the MSNBC report, saying that Trump had paid $38 million on income of $150 million that year. An hour later, about 20 minutes after The Rachel Maddow Show started, Maddow would confirm these numbers, turning her big scoop about Donald Trump’s long-missing tax returns into a cautionary tale about overhype. Rachel Maddow, you played yourself—and us too.” 

Major League Baseball umpire stops woman from jumping over bridge before Pirate's game

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 11:48 PM

(WPXI.com)

A Major League Baseball umpire, Jon Tumpane, stopped a woman from jumping off the Roberto Clemente Bridge before Wednesday night's Pittsburgh Pirates game at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

"Just hanging on to her and at times when she wanted to go the other way, I was like, 'not on my watch,'" Tumpane said in a press conference Wednesday night. 

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"I was able to mouth to one of the gentlemen in back, and said, 'Call 911, call 911,' and they did," he said.

Tumpane was walking across the bridge on the way from his hotel to the park, where he was scheduled to work behind the plate. 

He came across a woman in distress, apparently preparing to jump off the bridge.

He said he locked his arms in hers and offered to buy her lunch, desperately trying to coax her back to safety. 

"At that point she said, 'Just let me go, it'll be better off that way.' And I said, 'No, let me buy you lunch, we'll talk this over, it'll all work out,'" Tumpane said.

During the press conference, he said between innings he would look at the Roberto Clemente Bridge over the center field wall.

"This was an unbelievable day and I'm glad to say that she can have another day with us," Tumpane said. "This isn't about me. I appreciate the opportunity but honestly, this is for her and people that care about her. I'm just glad it's a positive story and not a sad story."

Developer to resume Topgolf planning despite findings of slave cemetery

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 11:07 PM

(WSOCTV.com)

When developer Matthew Browder bought a large piece of land five years ago, he had no idea what laid beneath.

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He showed WSOC-TV where radar detected a slave cemetery. 

A newly released report proved there are slave graves on a University City property where developers are trying to build a brand new Topgolf venue. The developers hired a local historian to research the site after neighbors raised concerns over the possibility there was a slave cemetery in the area. 

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White flags mark the 19 bodies buried in shallow graves.

Despite the incredible historical significance, Browder said it will not deter plans to build nearly 400 apartments, 40,000 square feet of retail space and a Topgolf. 

“We are going to make sure this is not disturbed and protected regardless,” Browder said.

"(They) plan on moving forward, which is still shocking," said Darrin Rankin, who opposes the development.

A ground penetration crew, using radar equipment, counted 19 bodies buried right outside the cemetery next to Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church.

WSOC-TV reported earlier this month that neighbors claimed there was a slave cemetery on the grounds, and now a historian's 28-page report confirms it.

Charter Properties and Browder Development Group are asking the city to rezone the property.

Developers said that they've spent roughly $20,000 on the cemetery, working with a consultant. They are promising not to disturb the graves and said they plan to work with the church to preserve them.

“There is a right thing to do here, and that's what we're going to do, regardless of what happens,” said Browder. “So whether we get our zoning or don't get our zoning, whether something is approved or not approved, this area is not going to get disturbed, period.”

Neighbors who've been fighting the proposal said they're not satisfied with the report.

“How big is this slave cemetery? How deep into the woods does it go?” Rankin asked.

The historian who reviewed the property said he is confident they have found the boundaries of the slave cemetery.

Browder said the slaves are buried on less than a tenth of an acre, and he plans on leaving them there.

“It’s important to the history of the area, and it’s important that these people be recognized and respected,” Browder said.

Pregnant woman bitten by brown recluse spider while sleeping

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 11:01 PM

A pregnant woman named Kendall Butler (pictured) has a large area of dead skin from a brown recluse spider bite.

A pregnant woman is still recovering from a brown recluse spider bite that happened while she was sleeping happened about a month ago.

Kendall Butler said she woke up, killed the spider and took it to the hospital with her immediately.

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Doctors were able to stop the infection and keep her unborn child safe by using antibiotics. However, she does have a large area of skin on her stomach that died because of the spider’s venom.

Doctors said they don’t want to fully treat the wound yet because of the baby. Originally, the plan was to evacuate the wound and then look into skin grafts once the child is born.

Now, Butler’s doctors say the wound needs to be evacuated sooner. They will wait until July 10 when the baby is seven weeks from the due date. Experts believe she’ll be strong enough by then to be born early, just in case anything happens during the procedure.

A Green Country entomologist said that Oklahoma’s mild winter caused more dangerous insects to come out early.

Experts say people should take precautions against insects while outside, but that there isn’t much to be done indoors but have homes sprayed.

The Centers for Disease Control says that even though people fear bug spray with DEET is bad for pregnant women, it’s actually recommended with the same precautions as those who are not pregnant or lactating.

Uber now allows users to request a ride for someone else

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 10:37 PM

Need to help your friend or family member catch a ride? Uber can help you out, because you can now use the service to request a car for someone else. 

The company announced the news this week, revealing you can book a trip for anyone in your contact list, even if they don’t have the app. 

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“We’re committed to providing safe, reliable transportation options for everyone in the family – including seniors,” Uber said in a post on its newsroom site. “So no matter where your loved ones need to be – and where you are located – a safe, reliable ride is just a few taps away.”

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When you’re ready for an Uber, you will have the option to select yourself or another person as a passenger. Once the request has been processed, the rider will receive a text message with all the details of the trip, a link to track it and the direct contact information for the driver.

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You will also be able to follow along and pay for the trip with the card stored in the app. For areas that accept cash, the passenger can pay for the ride at the end of the trip.

The feature, which is currently available in the U.S. and 30 other countries, became available on Tuesday.