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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
NewsBusters Decrees: Rich People on TV Cannot Complain About Romney's Wealth
Topic: NewsBusters

NewsBusters seems to have invented a new rule: It's not permissible for media personalities with large contracts to talk about the wealth of Mitt Romney.

Noel Sheppard whined in a June 19 post that MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell "mocked Ann Romney for having the nerve to combat her multiple sclerosis by riding horses," going on to complain that O'Donnell makes too much money for him to engage in such commentary:

Furthermore, who is O'Donnell to ridicule anyone for his or her wealth? According to Celebrity Net Worth, his estate is valued at $8 million.

That makes him just another rich liberal castigating Romney for his wealth.

Sheppard doesn't explain why it's suddenly forbidden for people over a certain income level to comment on Romney's wealth, nor did he establish the maximum income one can make and still comment on Romney's wealth.

The same day, Randy Hall complained that "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart " called Romney a "multi, multi,multi, multi-millionaire" "while carefully avoiding the fact that he too is considered to be very wealthy." Hall continued to regurgitate his new right-wing marching orders:

But in an article in the Daily Caller, reporter Sandy Nelson indicated that “Stewart's own income level brings him and his wife Tracey to approximately $41,000 a day,” a number derived from the comedian's annual salary of $15 million and an estimation of his net worth at $80 million.

While $80 million doesn’t yet put Stewart into the same wealth bracket as Romney, he is already on pace to be richer than the former Massachusetts governor when he reaches his age.

These figures show that Stewart makes more than 300 times the median American salary, a fact you'll never hear on The Daily Show.


In 2005, Stewart bought a two-story Manhattan penthouse for $5.8 million and then bought two adjacent lakefront mansions in Red Bank, New Jersey, during 2009 and 2010.

Like Sheppard, Hall did not state the maximum income one can make and still be permitted to commment on Romney's wealth.

Further, even the Daily Caller article that Hall was regurgitating concedes that Stewart's wealth is not in "the same wealth bracket as Romney." And in contrast to Stewart's income coming mostly from working for a living by hosting "The Daily Show," most of Romney's income the past two years came from capital gains, not from working at a job.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:30 AM EDT

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