FOX News hosts just had an embarrassing meltdown after their own poll backfires bigly


No matter how hard Republicans and their centrist allies protest otherwise, it turns out the American people definitely want to raise taxes on the rich.

As they should. In 2015, the richest 1% of Americans made 26.3 times as much income as the bottom 99% combined — and that was even before Trump’s terrible tax cuts, which gave another $37 billion to the super-rich last year alone. They’ve funnelled nearly all newly created wealth into their pockets since the market crash of 2008 while millions of American families have suffered and starved in a job market that pays meager wages and skimps on benefits while the majority of all wealth — 60% of it — is controlled by people who never “worked” an hour of their lives for it.

The very existence of one billionaire is a moral abomination in a world where 80% of the population survives on less than $10 a day; for there to be 2,208 of them is so unimaginably monstrous that it’s hard to fully comprehend.

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Which is why it comes as no surprise that a new poll finds that “70 percent of respondents favor raising taxes on citizens with incomes over $10 million and 65 percent wanted higher taxes on those making more than $1 million” — unless you’re a FOX News host, of course.

The most prominent mouthpiece of plutocratic propaganda in the United States was very displeased to find that their own poll of the popularity of taxing the hell out of the gluttonous vampires that feast on the carcass of the American middle class completely contradicted all the preposterous myths and obfuscating talking points they’ve been pushing for the past decade.

Their “news” hosts were predictably upset about it. Making Money’s Charles Payne whined that it was all the damn liberal public school agenda teaching our kids socialist creeds like… “learn to share with others.”


“The idea of fairness has been promoted in our schools for a long time and we’re starting to see kids who grow up in this notion that fairness above all. And now they’re becoming voting age and they’re bringing this ideology with them” mourned Payne, who clearly never paid attention in kindergarten.

One of the most vocal proponents of redistributive tax reform, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) jumped in to mock them for their piteous moaning about the very real threat that she and other progressives like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MASS) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pose to their bank accounts.

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It’s rumored that all three of the hosts in this clip — Charles Payne, Sandra Smith, and Bill Hemmer — all have networths in the millions, which explains why they were so appalled at the thought of having to pay their fair share in taxes.

And if they didn’t like this, they’re going to hate what progressive leaders have in store for them and their oligarch benefactors.


Original reporting by Nick Martin at

Video uploaded by Steve Morris at Media Matters for America.

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Colin Taylor

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Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.