Coming off a teleprompter flub earlier this week, Rev. Al Sharpton was again confronted with an on-air surprise, this time when a caller into his radio show took him to task Thursday over reports that he owes millions of dollars in unpaid taxes.
Sharpton took a different approach in responding -- he said he didn't know what she was talking about, and then blamed Rush Limbaugh for her inquiry.
"Your Comcast scandal plus you owe $2 million to taxes, what say you?" the caller, identified as Pamela said. "The AP reporters are now going to have a scandal with Comcast that the Republicans will use and use. They're investigating that now. That's why you got that job at NBC. Plus you owe $2.4 million to taxes, so what's going on? Please clarify, we read it on AP an hour ago."
Sharpton answered with a slight huff of amusement: "OK, thank you for your call, I don't know what you're talking about but I guess you do....You know, they say Rush Limbaugh and others are coming out with all kinds of craziness, I guess that means we did the right thing by making sure we turned on the heat with our shows."
David A. Wilson, joining Sharpton in the studio, then added: "If Rush Limbaugh is angry than you definitely did something right. Actually if you did everything wrong he still would be angry. The guy's just angry."
"That's right," Sharpton said.
It's unclear which Associated Press story the caller was referring to, but in February reports showed Sharpton owed $3.7 million in city, state and federal taxes. There has also been controversy over Sharpton's lobbying for a Comcast-NBC Universal merger. Reports say he is on the verge of getting his own show at MSNBC.