White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer accused MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow of committing a crime, as the Trump administration is smearing the MSNBC host for reporting on the president’s tax returns.
Spicer said. “I think it showed a couple things. One, it’s illegal to publish those tax returns…THere’s an act that prohibits that on another citizen. The idea that they would hype the idea that they obtained an illegal document.”
What Sean Spicer told Howard Kurtz on Fox News’s Media Buzz was not accurate. Donald Trump is not a private citizen, so the law about not publishing the tax returns of another doesn’t apply to the President Of The United States as it relates to the First Amendment rights of journalists to inform the public.
The Supreme Court has ruled that journalists are free to publish truthful information on matters of public concern as long as they did nothing illegal to obtain the information.
Rachel Maddow did nothing illegal. She verified information that was given to her by contacting the White House, and then she reported on it. Maddow didn’t commit an illegal act. She practiced journalism.
The reason why the White House is accusing her of a crime is that they are out to destroy her credibility. The Trump administration has taken notice of her soaring ratings, and they more concerned about what she may report on next than what she reported on last week.
Sean Spicer was trying to smear Rachel Maddow and her employer for a reason, which means the 2005 tax return was smoke, but the real fire that could burn down an administration is still out there waiting to be found.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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