In the almost 90 minutes between Maddow's initial tweet and the actual news being pronounced on her show by her star guest, investigative reporter David Cay Johnston, the White House itself had gone on the offensive to release the numbers, and the Daily Beast, where Johnston writes a column, had published a story on the same.
But because Trump as president or presidential candidate has refused to release his tax returns, bucking with a tradition started by Jimmy Carter more than four decades ago, there's considerable interest in what we can not see.
Maddow beat out CNN's 1.1 million viewers and Fox News' 3 million viewers, coming in just behind NBC's "This Is Us" and CBS's "NCIS: New Orleans". Sometimes it's proper to contextualize an issue. Johnston said he found the president's 1040 form "in the mail", a story Trump wasn't buying as he took aim at Maddow's parent network.
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The blast is what's known as a "phreatomagmatic eruption", and is caused by extremely hot lava hitting much colder snow. Volcanologist said most unsafe incident experience in his 30 year career", she continued on Twitter.
It's also worth noting that Maddow scored with younger viewers.
So who is Maddow blaming?
Because I have information about the president doesn't mean that it's necessarily a scandal.
It averaged 4.13 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, the show's largest audience ever. "I definitely feel like, hey, if you're new, let me meet you where you are".
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"You know you are desperate for ratings when you are willing to violate the law to push a story about two pages of tax returns from over a decade ago", the administration said in a statement.
If ABC analyzed Trump's return the same way as Obama's, reporters would have taken Trump's "taxes paid" and divided it by "Adjusted Gross Income".
While campaigning for president Trump said that if elected he would release his taxes, but once in office he backpedalled. "In journalism, it's called 'burying the lede, '" wrote Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan, while Slate called the whole thing a "cynical, self-defeating spectacle".
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