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MSNBC: When being liberal means never having to pay your taxes

Written By | Apr 30, 2015

PHOENIX, April 29, 2015  – “Fundamental liberal belief: Higher taxes are good because they (liberals) don’t pay them” is from my 2012 book, The Constitution – I’m Not Kidding and Other Tales of Liberal Folly.

That reference was not specifically directed at MSNBC, but based on recent revelations, it certainly could have been. MSNBC seems to have more tax cheats as show hosts (four) than viewers (two).

What are the odds? Let’s see if we can solve that math question.

MSNBC is a liberal cable news network that promotes all of the left’s favorite causes.

All of the left’s favorite causes require a really big government and really high taxes.

The network hires mostly liberals to host its shows.

Those liberal hosts regularly call for the aforementioned big government and higher taxes, especially on rich people like, you know, those that host their own shows on cable news networks.

Liberals believe higher taxes are good because they don’t pay them.

So, the odds that multiple MSNBC hosts would be delinquent in paying taxes are about even money. Especially since being a tax scofflaw is essentially a requirement for becoming an MSNBC host.

Melissa Harris-Perry once said on her show, “We actually do better as a country when we spread the wealth around.” Harris-Perry seems pretty good at spreading, um, other stuff around, but not so much her wealth.

She and her husband owe somewhere around $70,000 in back taxes.

The number of tampon earrings that would buy for the poor is astronomical!

Toure is the co-host of “The Cycle.” Apparently he is so well-known amongst both of MSNBC viewers only one name is necessary.

He and his wife, who is not so well-known and we assume uses the standard first and last name, owe around $59,000 in taxes. That seems like a lot of money until you realize that, based on her minimum speaking fee, it would only buy eight minutes and 51 seconds of a Hillary Clinton speech. (And that is eight minutes longer than most people should endure.)

And for Bill Clinton, it would barely cover “Hello,” but probably not “Good evening,” and certainly not, ”Who’s that blonde in the second row?”

Joy-Ann Reid, who is actually a former host at MSNBC, owes, along with her husband, a paltry amount of just under $5,000. She may have actually paid some taxes, which might go a long way toward explaining why she is now a former host.

And then there is Al Sharpton. The rest of the hosts can’t hold a candle to the man who seems to have spent more time at the White House over the last six years than Barack Obama. Sharpton reportedly owes anywhere from $3 million to $4.5 million in back taxes. Naturally, he disputes that. No doubt Tawana Brawley will vouch for him.

Sharpton’s job is to be too often seen and far too loudly heard and is about as inconspicuous (incontinent-ish, as he would no doubt read it from his teleprompter) as good taste is at an MTV awards show.

Whenever the IRS stops being so interested in the reading lists of tea party groups (the Constitution — yes,  but Das Capital – maybe not), it might want to stop by Sharpton’s office (assuming it hasn’t burned down again) and pick up a check.

Of course, we recently learned that there are big problems with the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state. There appears to be a very strong whiff of quid, pro and especially quo.

Now the Clinton Foundation acknowledges that it must refile a few, like 990, tax forms. And Hillary is not even a host at MSNBC.

According to Reuters, “For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that is received zero from foreign and U.S. governments.”

It actually took in tens of millions from foreign governments. That is sort of like zero, right?

Just some honest mistakes, we are told. Oh, you mean foreign-foreign? Qatar really isn’t that far from Chappaqua. Besides, we are the world and everything. What’s the big deal?

Mistakes? Not hardly. Honest? These are the Clintons, for God’s sake.

At this point, it’s a little difficult to know if Clinton is actually running for president. Her campaign right now looks about as promising as last Thursday’s leftover pizza. Each day it looks more and more like an audition for a spot in the MSNBC prime time lineup.

She certainly has the tax part down.


Curtice Mang

Curtice Mang earned a Political Science degree after attending college during the depths of the Carter Administration, a time where the only thing worse than the Carter malaise was Disco. He is the author of two books of political humor, The Smell of Politics: The Good, The Bad, and The Odorous and The Constitution – I’m Not Kidding and Other Tales of Liberal Folly. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 30 years and is also a high school basketball coach. In addition to CommDigiNews, Curtice contributes to multiple conservative websites, including Broadside News, Front Lines and What Would the Founders Think. He can be found at, where his books are also available for purchase for a song (and the cover price). Contact Curtice at or follow him on Twitter @curticemang. He can also be found wandering about on Facebook and Google+. His views are his own - mostly because no one else would claim them.