MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is defending herself after critics accused her of hyping her exclusive on President Trump’s 2005 tax returns and failing to deliver.
Appearing on The Tonight Show Wednesday night, Maddow explained to host Jimmy Fallon why her scoop was still a big deal.
“Was there a huge, damning bombshell in these tax returns? No. The bombshell here is that some of his tax returns were made public for the first time when he’s been trying so hard to keep them secret," Maddow said. "The reason you want any president’s tax returns is because you want to know if he’s beholden to anybody. You want to know if he might be acting as president with divided loyalties."
Maddow put the media world to a standstill Tuesday evening when she tweeted that she had Trump’s tax returns and would be revealing them on her show that night.
And while the tweet likely created an uptick in ratings, many viewers expressed they were underwhelmed.
"I think the reason people were so excited is because it’s really weird that the president hasn’t released his financial information," she told Fallon. "It’s really odd, and there’s reasons to worry about it."
She added: “So when we found out that we had one, it was like speaking to a group of people dying of thirst in the desert and we were like, 'Behold, we have found a drop. A drop? You have a drop!'"
On The Late Show, Stephen Colbert took Maddow to task, mocking her show during a skit.
As he dressed in Maddow's signature attire, a blazer and slicked-back hair, he said: “I hold in my hand something very significant. It is a joke, a joke that we have confirmed has been heard by Donald Trump. We believe this is the first time any joke dealing with Donald Trump has been released."
He also compared her scoop to the boy who cried wolf.