The "huge" story was supposed to be that MSNBC's Rachel Maddow had Donald Trump's tax returns to share with the world. But there are larger stories that came out of that publicity stunt, and they are more important than Trump's taxes.
What Maddow proved, with regard to Donald Trump's income tax returns from 2005 is that Donald Trump pays his taxes, and pays them to a large amount. He paid $38 million on $150 million, or roughly 25% of his earnings even after deductions. By contrast, Socialist Bernie Sanders found legal loopholes to only pay 13% of his earnings in 2014.
Regardless of the percentages paid by these two, and they are telling, the overall message here is that both Trump and Sanders use the laws on the books to legally file their taxes; they are filing according to current tax law.
But beyond that, there are at least three major issues that we can now take to the bank as the truth.
First, we can now say with confidence that the mainstream media - the people protected by the First Amendment and who are supposed to bring us truthful, fact-based information for that protection, are slaves to the television ratings game just like the program American Idol. They are ratings whores and, because they would compromise their ethos for marketing purposes they cannot be trusted to advance the truth without being self-serving, and when that selfishness is executed because of ideology we get 1984 NewsSpeak.
Second, even though there are laws prohibiting, pursuant to legal penalties, the exposure of personal financial records required by the Federal Government, some entities both don't give a damn about the law. Sadly, these same entities will probably not be punished for breaking the law. This instance is just another piece of evidence that we have a two-tiered legal system in the United States; one for the elite and another for the peons.
And lastly, Maddow's failed ratings game proves the Left-leaning media is executing a smear campaign against a sitting president, and for ideological purposes.
Seriously, we need to set some standards by which media entities are satisfy a criteria to be covered by the First Amendment. As dangerous as that sounds, the disinformation and distraction the MSM feeds the public today is far more dangerous...it is Goebbels dangerous.