[Our secret Scissorhead inside 30 Rock convinces me that I am being naive about last night’s Maddow show. For obvious reasons, I’m paraphrasing to protect this person’s identity (who has given me permission to use the thrust of the conversation)]
Secret Scissorhead: Trump leaked it, and Maddow fell into the trap. This was a bad move.
Tengrain: I don’t think it matters if he leaked it or not (I don’t think Trump is capable of thinking in advance); it did the service of reminding us that we still don’t know the depth and breadth of his foreign entanglements, and that he STILL HAS NOT RELEASED HIS TAXES
Secret Scissorhead: I agree, but it was a bad idea and a bad show, it only helped him. It will be called fake news. Maddow fell for it.
Tengrain: The only negative I can say is that Maddow should not have tipped it so early: it gave the white house all the time they needed to have something cogent to say, and in effect they scooped her. Also/Too: anyone advising the president would already have a prepared statement for this news eventuality.
Secret Scissorhead: It will be seen as crying wolf. A lot of people inside are confused and angry today, and she was destroyed on Twitter last night.
Tengrain: The Crying Wolf does worry me. When I saw the teaser Tweet yesterday, I have to admit the very first thing I thought of was Dan Rather, and I worried she was played.
Secret Scissorhead: She was played. 2 pages of a 1040? There’s nothing to see there. And then she played her audience, and that will hurt her.
Tengrain: If Trump is strategic (he’s not, but Bannon is), the next time that there is tax news, the White House is going to play this. That I can guarantee.
Secret Scissorhead: Trump wouldn’t know a strategy if it bit his tiny hands!
Tengrain: Who’s the producer of the segment? Political shows should have an campaign manager-type advisor that knows the art of rat-fucking.
Secret Scissorhead: They are all political producers in house – they should have known better. The more I think about it, the more I think it caused an incredible amount of damage. Trump got a YUGE victory last night. It proves to his fans that he’s just like them: pays ridiculous taxes; they could not care less about where the money is coming from.
Tengrain: I’m guessing that Chimpy is Trump’s greatest secret fan: “Just a few more tweets, orange boy, and I’m outta the basement!”
Secret Scissorhead: Chimpy is already a step ahead.
UPDATE 1: Told Ya- NBC fuming over Maddow’s Trump tax scoop