President Donald J. Trump

MSNBC’s big “Trump tax return” fiasco created a war of words between the cable news network executives and its parent company NBC executives. Insiders detailing the phone arguments couldn’t even repeat the words the executives on both sides were using (definitely not parlor language).

Supposedly, MSNBC broadcast the event on Twitter, and the parent company (NBC) heard about it when everyone else heard Maddow go on and on and on about Trump’s taxes.

MSNBC President, Phil Griffin was trying to knock the legs out from under MSNBC’s parent company’s Noah Oppenheim (NBC’s President).

Neither had discussed the broadcast with the other and neither realized they were heading for a flop of devastating proportions.

What was the risk that the New York Times and Rachel Maddow at MSNBC took to publicly insult President Trump?  Here’s the law related to revealing tax returns without authorization:

Federal law makes it illegal to publish an unauthorized tax returns or “return information.” The law reads as follows:

It shall be unlawful for any person to whom any return or return information (as defined in section 6103(b)) is disclosed in a manner unauthorized by this title thereafter willfully to print or publish in any manner not provided by law any such return or return information. Any violation of this paragraph shall be a felony punishable by a fine in any amount not exceeding $5,000, or imprisonment of not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.

The term “return information” covers not only return documents themselves but also the “amount of his/her income, payments, receipts, deductions, exemptions, credits, assets, liabilities, net worth, tax liability, tax withheld, deficiencies, over-assessments or tax payments.”

The Times published the first page of Trump’s 1995 New York state resident income tax return, the first page of his New Jersey nonresident tax return and the first page of his Connecticut nonresident tax return.

Phil Griffin

The overconfident and full of herself Rachel Maddow played with the threat of displaying President Trump’s taxes and offered it on Twitter, then wouldn’t broadcast the piece until the end of her show.

It was a big annoyance as minutes rolled by and she wouldn’t give up the story. She stalled and stalled and stalled.

Noah OppenheiAnd then it came… she announced that “Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2005.  The episode may have been broadcast on what Maddow feels is her cable network, but the show still belongs to NBC News.

The NBC Network executives were furious that such a supposed bombshell of a non-exposé story could expose them legally for a great deal of money and Noah Oppenheim hadn’t told the network.

The expose had not been vetted by their legal department (which would have told Maddow that it’s a federal crime to broadcast, publish or share tax information without authorization of the information’s owner).

But to so heavily promote such a story and have nothing to bring to the table was a clear fail.

Offering the story so late (20 minutes late into the broadcast) is no longer “breaking news.”  Now that’s just information she personally thinks is interesting but it’s not “breaking anything.”

A sales representative for the parent company (NBC) kept trying to convince everyone that there was no upset between the the parent company execs and the Maddow cable show folk but no one believed them.

They told us that the two men (Griffin and Oppenheim) were best buddies for decades and that one had hired the other for ‘Hardball” but nothing in the salesman’s cracking voice made us believe him. After all, no man or woman is such good friends with anyone else that they would put his or her career on the line.

We too have President Trump’s tax returns but we will not post them for two reasons. The first is that we do not post anyone’s tax returns. The second reason is that we respect Mr. Trump, the man and we most certainly respect the office of the President of the United States, President Donald J. Trump.

About Maddow we can say that she’s got the manners of a saint, professorial language and a PhD in Philosophy from Oxford. This extraordinarily educated woman is about 6 feet tall in her stocking feet and she makes sure everyone is comfortable around her. She lives with her partner of 18 years (an artist) and everyone that has worked with her likes her very much.

On the matter of Rachel Maddow’s personal circumstances, she’s been hiding behind the network to take shots at the most powerful man in the free world since before he declared he was running for the office of the President of the United States.


In another case of behavioral abandon…

Shree Chauhan

Florida born and raised Shree Chauhan, a very liberal educator verbally assaulted Sean Spicer at an Apple store.

Once she was sure it was Sean she broadcast the encounter on Twitter, showing Spicer’s reaction as she peppered him with questions that included, “How does it feel to work for a fascist?” and “How do you feel about destroying the country?”

Chauhan also asked Spicer about Russia and accused President Donald Trump of committing treason and being a dictator.  Within hours of taking on President Trump, her arrangements, appointments, contracts and all sorts of things she was counting on took on a certain instability. People began calling to cancel dinners she’d planned for months and people she’d set up meetings with began to cancel one after another.

The moral of the story is that a civilian should not take on the President of the United States and they should be grateful they live in the United States. In other countries both these women would have been incarcerated or worse.

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