I think I finally figured out why Al Sharpton has so much trouble paying his taxes. It turns out he’s really bad at math. In a stunning statement the veteran race hustler has said that there are at least 97 billion people living in the United States who are affected by Comcast’s “racist” decision to stop carrying a black religious channel. If you don’t understand how absurd that is, you probably mucked up your taxes too.
TV provider Comcast has chosen to drop The World Network from it’s channel line up. If you have no idea what The World Network is, you are apparently in the minority. According to Sharpton, millions and billions of Americans rely on this channel for their daily black religious enlightenment.
In an angry letter to Comcast VP David L. Cohen, Sharpton accuses the company of racial motivations behind the dropping of The World Network. In making his case that this obscure unwatched channel is essential to the country, Sharpton gives some overstated estimates on its popularity.
This action would disrupt The Word Network’s carriage for roughly 7 million subscribers, many of whom rely on programming carried by The Word Network for their daily religious and spiritual edification. Ms. Gaiski’s two-sentenced letter gave no explanation for this surprising move and has caused deep concern within the African American community.
Okay, so at first Sharpton says most of Comcast’s 7 million subscribers (they actually have 22 million) desperately need black religious programming, but that number soon explodes:
As you know, The Word Network is the largest African-American religious network in the world. It is available in over 200 countries, reaching billions of viewers in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, and the Americas. It reaches nearly 97 billion homes in the United States alone. Ms. Gaiski’s decision would remove The World Network from key African-American markets, including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Baltimore, as well as from other major urban areas, including Houston, San Francisco, Denver, Boston and Minneapolis-St. Paul. (my emphasis)
That is not a typo. Sharpton says that The World Network reaches at least 97 billion homes in the Unite States alone. The population of the US is currently 318.9 million. Maybe Big Al was talking about the entire world, but he still runs into the problem the there are only 7.4 billion people on the planet, far shy of his 97 billion number.
Sure, Sharpton said “households” not people, but for his number to approach reality, every single person in the United States would have to maintain 304 separate households. I know wealthy socialist Bernie Sanders owns 3 homes, but that’s not even close. Also, let’s face it, many people in America occupy the same household.
I can’t even find the ratings for The World Network, but generally speaking the most popular cable networks average 2-3 million viewers. Super Bowl XLIX between the Patriots and Seahawks was the highest rated TV program ever with 114.4 million viewers. I find it hard to believe 97 billion or even 7 million Americans regularly tune into black religious programming. In fact I’d be shocked if The World Network had 97 frequent watchers.
I think this is wishful thinking on Al Sharpton’s part. If there are 97 billion Americans and 20% of them are black, that means there are around 19 billion black people in this country. That’s a tremendous opportunity to work the race hustle and raise funds for his self-proclaimed tax-free lifestyle.