Lien on me …
LOSER. The Rev. Al Sharpton
The New York Times found that Sharpton, one of President Obama’s confidants and an MSNBC host, has more than $4.5 million in tax liens against him and his businesses.
Sharpton also often doesn’t pay hotels and travel agencies he owes. His nonprofit organization National Action Network, which he has used to help pay for his daughter’s education, owes $1.1 million in delinquent payroll taxes.
Oh, and his landlord has sued him twice for a total of $98,000.
Sharpton told The Times he is working to pay off the debts.
“You can say I’m not a great administrator,” he said. “You can’t say that I’m not committed.”
Hard to argue. It’s difficult to say that Sharpton isn’t committed to ignoring his financial obligations.
WINNER. Jon Stewart
The left-leaning host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” briefly broke from liberal ranks on Tuesday in justifiably excoriating House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Stewart expressed outrage that the California Democrat refused to allow Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a double amputee veteran who was eight months pregnant, to cast a vote by proxy for a party leadership position. Pelosi and Duckworth — whose office announced on Thursday that she had given birth to a daughter — were backing different people for the post.
“What the (heck)? You’re suppressing the vote of a minority pregnant woman who is a wounded war veteran? She is everything you supposedly stand for, stuffed into one individual,” Stewart said in one of the best moments of the five-minute rant. “Seriously, you should go.”
Stewart’s scathing rebuke makes him a winner — at least for this week.
Users of the popular car share service might have significant privacy concerns after an Uber executive suggested the company should hire investigators to probe the lives of its media critics.
Emil Michael, an Uber vice president, later apologized for the remarks and said they didn’t reflect his or his company’s attitude.
But Michael’s comments dredged up recollections of Uber scandalously analyzing ridership data in 2012 to try to determine how often customers were using its services to facilitate overnight trysts.
Uber dubbed the analysis “Rides of Glory.” The company’s apparent inglorious and systemic disregard for privacy may prompt some of its loyal users to start taking the subway.