Larry Elder

Days after CBS released its 2011 outtakes, late-night host Arsenio Hall welcomed Sharpton with a flattering introduction. Only days earlier, Hall admitted to another guest that Sharpton suckered him with the fraudulent Tawana Brawley affair. Yet, in talking to Sharpton, Hall never mentioned the drug tape, never asked about the shifting reasons for "informing." This, of course, is precisely why Sharpton chooses venues like that where he'll be licked to death.

The "civil rights" leader became famous by falsely accusing a man of raping Tawana Brawley, only to be held liable for defamation. Since then, Sharpton has compiled an impressive and lengthy rap sheet of race-card hustles. This includes Crown Heights, to take just one.

Sharpton turned a tragic auto accident into a racial incident after a 7-year-old black child was killed in Crown Heights (in Brooklyn) when a car driven by a Hasidic Jew went out of control. Sharpton derided Jews as "diamond merchants" and led 400 protesters through the Jewish section of Crown Heights, with one protester holding a sign that read, "The White Man Is the Devil." There were four nights of rock- and bottle-throwing. A young Talmudic scholar was surrounded by a mob shouting, "Kill the Jew," and was stabbed to death. A hundred others were injured. Sharpton bellowed, "If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house."

The "civil rights leader" has also managed to avoid jail despite being millions of dollars light in federal and state income taxes. The New York Post reported in 2011 that Sharpton "owe(d) the IRS $2.6 million in income tax and nearly $900,000 in state tax." Sharpton's money-losing non-profit "civil rights organization," called the National Action Network, has failed to pay payroll taxes. Last year's state and federal filings showed NAN had more than $1 million in deficits and owed $871,688 in unpaid payroll taxes, including penalties and interest.

Sharpton's busy life includes a daily hour-long show on MSNBC and a three-hour daily radio show. Plus, he claims to put in a 40-hour workweek at NAN, still manages multiple TV, radio and live guest appearances around the country.

The IRS, should it turn its attention away from tea party applications, might be curious. How does Sharpton manage to do all this and still put in 40 hours per week to justify his $250K CEO salary? Celebritynetworth.com clocks him in at $5 million, plus.

Not bad for "no justice, no peace."


Larry Elder

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