Rachel Maddow decided to embarrass herself on television. Everyone mocked her for the epic fail. People calling this her "Al Capone's Vault" moment are 100% correct. Where these people are wrong is saying this ends or destroys her career. It won't. These people never lose their jobs or status.
Geraldo Rivera, who on live television went into Capone's Vault to find nothing, is still employed. He still is used to cover wars and campaigns. Geraldo even idiotically revealed positions of US troops on live television during Iraq War 2, and he still has a job. These fools never ever lose their jobs. Even when they do like Dan Rather, they get trotted out for television appearances later. He has slithered out this last year to pontificate on Trump.
Maddow and her team knew what they had. It was not a surprise to them. They saw the documents and knew what the numbers showed. They had painted themselves in a corner. This is why the obsession with the taxes actually hurt them. They did their 'rich white guy' trick on Trump as they had in 2012 on Romney, except this time, it failed. He played by his rules.
They never let it go. They let it be months of build up, as well as fuel memes. Clinton even said Trump didn't pay taxes. This also fed their meme that he really isn't that rich. Forbes sets him at $4 billion, so his $10 billion claim is dubious, but Forbes is pretty good with their analysis. Had the media dropped it, Maddow never would have walked into this trap.
Of course this was a trap. Consider her situation. Maddow and her team get his taxes. They see he made big money, paid big taxes, and because he was not using any of the $916 million loss from 1995, it means he made over $916 in taxable income from '96-'04. This eviscerates every Lefty talking point. Every single one. Maddow could not avoid airing them.
Why? If team Trump leaked them, then team Trump could start a whisper campaign and use media surrogates to say 'hey the taxes are out there' and other statements of faux worry. They could force Maddow and team to release them with this by goading her or threatening that the documents are elsewhere, too.
Maddow should have moved on, but being the Jewish journalist she is, she could not. They live for this hysteria and mania. it feeds their clicks and viewership. It gives them ratings to charge advertisers in that con game. They will not stop. They will always push something. They will never be held accountable. Tune them out and mock them at every turn.
Last week I wrote on the curious case of Japan evolving into capital. Weimerica Weekly was on the problem of finding a Weimerican Wife.
This week I will contrast the immigration from the Third World versus the Islamic world and how there is an historical precedent for viewing this contrast as distinct. Weimerica Weekly might be an interview. The wife podcast sparked some feedback from someone willing to talk.