Stephen Colbert Rips Into Rachel Maddow for Toying With Our Emotions

Jamie Dimon left chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and President Trump appear before a White House forum on Feb. 3

Johnston to Madison: "I mean Donald Trump is a very immature personality and if somebody else had sent this he may have reacted differently perhaps it's because of me in fact I think it's because of me that he responded, Joe, in this way of attacking and making these false claims", said Johnston. After a prolonged prelude, he arrived at the set-up - "Why did the chicken cross the road?" - before digressing into an extended discussion on the domestication of chickens and their potential connections to Russian oligarchs. Impersonating the MSNBC anchor, Colbert revealed he had in his hand the first joke Naturally, it was of the chicken crossing the road variety. The vice chairman of that bank until recently was our new secretary of commerce, long time Trump friend Wilbur Ross'. We all remember the Hindenburg broadcast. I'm not yanking your chain, folks. And then, we were all glued to it. First, she let us know just how much information she had to share. But the real joke is that Colbert never gets to the point.

You don't need to be a tax lawyer to get a sense of how incomplete a picture that draws. But it's a start, and our little piece of it. We're gonna get this thing answered ...

COLBERT: What! A cliffhanger?

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Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon had the MSNBC presenter on his show for a valedictory lap, a hint that relations may not be so frosty between the network and its cable news cousin.

"I want to be trustworthy to my audience", the anchor said. Probably pretty good. Probably be pretty good.

As a precaution, Maddow had produced an entire separate show that was ready to run in case the tax return story had to be sidelined over authenticity questions. Equally astounding is that these two pages of his 2005 tax return essentially reveal that he reported adjusted gross income to the Internal Revenue Service of around $900 million between 1996 and 2005. The story is that he paid around $50 million dollars in federal and state income taxes in a single year. More on that later. This is indispensable journalism, brought to you by the largest, most experienced newsroom in the region. $38 million. Okay, what was it? All right. Be sure to tune in to Rachel's next special report, "Wolf!"

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