OK, you guys are gonna love this.

As you’ve probably heard by now, Rachel Maddow’s big Trump tax bombshell completely blew up in her face when it proved to be a hot, steaming pile of nothing. But let Rachel be clear: It wasn’t her fault.

From the AP, via KOMO News:

Maddow’s tweet less than 90 minutes before her show that “we’ve got Trump’s tax returns” set off a social media frenzy. Although a subsequent tweet specified it was only two pages from one year’s returns, expectations were sky high.

Maddow told the AP that she never misrepresented what she had.

“Because I have information about the president doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily a scandal,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that it’s damning information. If other people leapt to that conclusion without me indicating that it was, that hype is external to what we did.”

Oh? Is that so?

Hey, if you people thought Rachel was hyping that “BREAKING” story on the tax returns with her tweet:

And the countdown clock:

Then that’s on you! Got it?

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Update:

So, not only is it everyone else’s fault that Rachel’s big scoop failed to live up to the hype, but when she was teasing it last night, she was just trying to quench the public’s thirst:

Whatever, honey.

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