MSNBC host Toure reportedly owes about $60,000 in unpaid taxes to the state of the New York pursuant to two tax warrants, the fourth host on the cable network with tax issues.
Toure (Toure Neblett), one of the co-hosts of The Cycle, now apparently joins his other liberal/progressive colleagues Melissa Harris-Perry, Joy Reid, and Rev. Al Sharpton on the channel with a pending tax bill despite their vocal support on television for Big Government programs, the burden for which often falls on the middle class rather than the rich, who can avail themselves of tax-avoidance strategies.
According to National Review Online, which broke the Toure tax story, “MSNBC’s hosts and guests regularly call for higher taxes on the rich, condemning wealthy individuals and corporations who don’t pay their taxes or make use of loopholes. But recent reports, as well as records reviewed by National Review, show that at least four high-profile MSNBC on-air personalities have tax liens or warrants filed against them.”
As The Inquisitr recently reported, Melissa Harris-Perry and her husband owed $70,000 on an IRS tax lien, but the couple has supposedly made a $21,000 payment toward the balance.
Reid, the former MSNBC host of The Reid Report who continues to provide commentary on the network, owes about $5,000 to New York, while PoliticsNation host Sharpton is said to owe as much as $4 million in unpaid federal and state taxes plus penalties and interest, the New York Times has reported.
Separately, you may recall that in May 2014, Toure apologized on Twitter for previously tweeting that Jews who managed to survive Hitler’s genocide in the Holocaust did so because of “the power of whiteness.”
Earlier this week, the Washington Post explained that MSNBC executives have thus far been unwilling to make a public statement about the tax issues of their on-air talent. “[Harris-Perry] and these other tax-payment-challenged TV personalities work for the network of activist, problem-solving government … In the collective ethic of MSNBC, there can be no excuse for tax delinquency,” the Post noted.
MSNBC has not responded either to a request for an on-the-record comment from Mediaite, which characterized the non-response as stonewalling.
Do you think hypocrisy is in play for these MSNBC hosts who owe money to the tax man or could it be just bad bookkeeping?
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