Skip to comments.Lawrence O’Donnell: Obama’s Tax Rate ‘In the High Twenties’; Nope! Try 18.4%
Posted on 05/04/2013 5:51:45 PM PDT by Kaslin
It really is amazing how liberal media members regularly make false statements on national television with total impunity.
Consider MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell who twice on HBO's Real Time Friday arrogantly claimed that the Obamas' federal income tax rate was "in the high twenties" (video follows with transcribed lowlights and commentary):
Lawrence ODonnell: Obamas Tax Rate In the High Twenties; Nope! Try 18.4%
In a discussion about the federal budget, Pete Hegseth, the CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, said, We missed some opportunities by not arguing for the simplification of the codes that Mitt Romney and President Obama and everyone else are paying a higher rate because theyre actually paying what they owe. But instead, theyve got access to lawyers and all the opportunities that the little guy doesnt, and so they exploit loopholes while the little guy making $30,000 is paying a higher rate, and thats wrong.
ODonnell as an MSNBC host was compelled to defend the current White House resident.
Don't even dream of lumping the Obamas in with the Romneys, he protested. The Obamas take a charitable deduction. I could do the Obamas tax return.
What do they pay, Lawrence? challenged Hesgeth.
The guy is a salaried employee, hes got some book royalties, and he takes a charitable deduction, thats it, and he pays in the high twenties, wrongly asserted ODonnell.
But is he paying his fair share? smartly asked Hesgeth.
Yes, he pays in the high twenties, ODonnell again wrongly stated.
He paid 18 percent this last year, correctly responded Hesgeth.
And therein lies the problem which is quite common at MSNBC: the hosts and commentators say whatever they want without any regard for the truth.
I guess ODonnell either missed, ignored, or chose to misrepresent the public release of the Obamas tax return last month showing that they paid an effective federal income tax rate of 18.4 percent NOT the high twenties that this arrogant, morally superior liberal commentator twice claimed on national television.
Makes you wonder how many times he misrepresented this on his own program, and what other falsehoods hes guilty of.
As the discussion continued, ODonnell even challenged Maher about how much hes paying in taxes leading the host to eventually say, Whos in the room with my accountant you or me?
But therein lies another problem: once a host identifies that a guest is either 100 percent wrong about something or is lying about it, why would he or she ever have him or her back on the program?
In reality, this is a question that the folks at MSNBC should be asking about ODonnell and all of their hosts and contributors.
Or is the truth just clearly unimportant?
If thats the case, its imperative that cable and satellite providers move MSNBC away from the rest of the real news networks on their channel guides, for if they dont, theyre aiding and abetting the dissemination of false information to the American people.
Certainly someone should care about the truth being reported on so-called news networks.
P.O.S. Hypocrite, P.O.S. Liar, P.O.S., Traitor.
End of story.
I’ll just calmly say this seems to make Larry O a creepy liar:)
Most of what comes out of O’Donnell’s mouth is inaccurate, so this should come as no surprise.
Just like his lord & master, larry prefers a lie to the truth - even when the truth serves him.
The one guy (do not know his name)did correct the dunce by saying he paid 18%, predictably, he was ignored.
If you challenged him on that he would just say that the rate he was quoting included FICA, DC and Local Taxes.