Hypocrisy, Thy Television Station of Choice is MSNBC

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If you run a news organization that is dedicated to the proposition that paying taxes is A Good Thing, then I suppose it behooves you to ensure that the public faces of your news organization . . . um . . . pay their taxes.

For certain people on MSNBC, however, consistency is the hobgoblin of unwilling wallets:

National Review reported today that MSNBC’s Touré, who co-hosts the network’s afternoon program “The Cycle,” owes nearly $60,000 in taxes to New York State, according to a pair of tax warrants that the magazine found. And as the story fully noted, there’s a trend afoot here:

*Al Sharpton: The New York Times reported last year that the MSNBC host ran a “delinquent” nonprofit organization and calculated “$4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses.” Sharpton convened a news conference to deny the story’s allegations.

*Melissa Harris-Perry: The Winston-Salem Journal last week reported that this MSNBC host and her husband, James Perry, had been socked with a $70,000 IRS tax lien. Harris-Perry said that more than $21,000 of that amount had been paid.

*Joy-Ann Reid: National Review reported that Reid, a former MSNBC host and managing editor of thegrio.com, and her husband were slapped with a nearly $5,000 tax warrant from New York state.

According to the story, MSNBC has yet to respond to questions about the tax delinquency of its news hosts. If it has issued a response since the story broke, it is news to me. Presumably, the organization believes that the tax delinquency of its hosts does not qualify as news, for reasons passing understanding.

In any event, I suppose that the next time someone at MSNBC decides to give the world a lecture about the need to pay taxes, and about how paying taxes ought to make us all feel happy and joyful, the rest of us will know precisely what uncomfortable issue to bring up in response.

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