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Actually, Rachel Maddow hardly hyped it at all. She just sent two tweets:

"BREAKING: We've got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET"

"What we've got is from 2005... the President's 1040 form... details to come tonight 9PM ET, MSNBC."

That was the total hype coming from her. It was everybody ELSE who went nuts with the speculation.

Mike Peterson

Well, everyone else on her network -- breathless promises and an on-screen countdown clock. As noted in that linked article at the end, that's the nature of TV, but they went over the top.

And she didn't exactly get to the point once she was on air.

Richard John Marcej

In the mid to late 1960's, when I was a little kid (6, 7 yrs) among the strips in my paper I was a big fan of "Pogo". I'm sure it was Kelly's lush artwork and sometimes absurd antics by the characters that drew me there. I couldn't pick up on the writing (for those who've never heard of Pogo, Kelly had his characters speak with a hard, southern-like dialect) though that didn't stop me from reading it every day. As I got older I began to comprehend the writing and enjoyed it even more. It wasn't until I got older yet again that I understood the political satire.

The mark of a successful cartoonist is one who can layer his or her work so that people of different ages can each get something from it.

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