Slate TV critic on Rachel’s “Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle”
Willa Paskin of Slate:
“ … About 20 minutes after The Rachel Maddow Show started, Maddow would confirm [the White House] numbers, turning her big scoop about Donald Trump’s long-missing tax returns into a cautionary tale about over-hype. Rachel Maddow, you played yourself—and us too.”
“’In just a second we’re going to show you exactly what it is we’ve got,’ she said, before launching, instead, into a 20-minute monologue … what could kindly be described as context and which I am unkindly describing as word salad, a long meander that was difficult to follow even without the distracting promise of a revelatory tax return at its end.”
“Maddow promised to pull a sordid revelation out of a hat and instead plucked out … Trump’s credibility? … As the show went on, it became clear that Maddow knew she didn’t quite have the scoop that had been promised.”
Very discouraging, very disappointing.
A friend of ours called and breathlessly said “YOU HAVE TO TURN ON MSNBC! Rachel has Trump’s tax returns!”
So we excitedly did … only to see her waving two sheets of a 12-year-old 1040 … that showed this POS paid 25 percent!
We then returned to a good Frasier rerun.
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