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MSNBC Silent on Rich-Bashing Hosts' Tax Problems

By    |   Wednesday, 22 April 2015 09:30 PM

MSNBC hosts have had plenty to say about the responsibility of people to pay their taxes, but the cable news network has been mum in the wake of reports that four of its hosts are in arrears on their taxes.

The latest is Touré Neblett, co-host of "The Cycle." National Review reports that Neblett and his wife Rita Nakouzi owe more than $59,000 to New York state.

Neblett was critical of Republicans in 2012, whom he said are "all afraid to vote for a modest tax increase of people who can totally afford it."

In January, he tweeted:

"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," National Review's Jillian Kay Melchior wrote.

Joy-Ann Reid, former host of "The Reid Report," and her husband, Jason, also owe New York state taxes. The Reids owe just under $5,000.

Reid, National Review points out, has called taxes on the rich "a basic fairness argument."

Melissa Harris-Perry, who currently hosts a weekend show on MSNBC, and her husband, James Perry, owe the federal government $70,000 in back taxes, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

Harris-Perry has called income inequality "the fundamental threat to the American dream," and said, "We actually do better as a country when we spread the wealth around."

Neblett, Reid and Harris-Perry say they are working on paying off their tax debts.

"Politics Nation" host the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network have been reported to owe up to $4.5 million taxes and penalties.

In January 2012, Sharpton asked Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp, "Is it fair that billionaires pay a lower tax rate than their own secretaries?"

National Review, The Washington Post and Mediaite all received no response when they asked MSNBC to comment on their hosts' tax problems.

The Post's Erik Wemple said an MSNBC spokeswoman offered to go off-record to explain the situation.

"We responded that we weren’t interested in spin that we couldn’t publish," Wemple wrote. "Is it that hard for MSNBC to take a simple stand in favor of our common civic obligations?"

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MSNBC hosts have had plenty to say about the responsibility of people to pay their taxes, but the cable news network has been mum in the wake of reports that four of its hosts are in arrears on their taxes.
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