How The Media Is Covering President Trump's Leaked 2005 Tax Return

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Television host Rachel Maddow at the State Department in March 2012 in Washington. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

On Tuesday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow tweeted “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns,” and went on to promote her show coming up later that night:

She later clarified that they were pages from President Trump’s tax returns in 2005, showing he earned $150 million and paid about a quarter of that in taxes. The documents were mailed anonymously to journalist David Cay Johnston of, and he spoke with Maddow about it on her show. Now, some media watchers are criticizing the way Maddow framed the news.

Here & Now’s Robin Young talks about the importance of tone in coverage with NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik (@davidfolkenflik).

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