New York Times Locates 'Real IRS Scandal' (Hint: It's the GOP's Fault

July 7th, 2014 9:28 AM
One must perversely admire the gall of the New York Times editorial page. Sunday's lead editorial, "The Real IRS Scandal," says that the "real scandal" at the politicized agency isn't its targeting of citizens with anti-Obama views before the last election, isn't the suspiciously lost emails by an agent who pled the fifth before Congress, but a lack of sufficient…

‘Rachel Maddow Show’ Producer: IRS Scandal ‘Imaginary…Meaningl

June 27th, 2014 5:58 PM
There’s a saying that “life isn’t one damn thing after another – it’s the same damn thing over and over again.” That’s essentially what Steve Benen, a producer for MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” argued regarding the IRS scandal in a Thursday blog post on the “TRMS” website. Benen claimed that throughout “the…

CNN’s Blitzer Presses IRS Chief: ‘Why Shouldn't Taxpayers Use the

June 27th, 2014 2:40 PM
During Thursday’s edition of The Situation Room on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer committed an act of journalism in grilling IRS Commissioner John Koskinen with question after question about the growing IRS e-mail scandal. His questioning included one where he asked (via a Twitter follower), “[w]hy shouldn’t taxpayers use the crashed hard drive excuse when undergoing an IRS audit?…

HuffPo's Stein Asks If EPA's Claimed Hard Drive Crash 'Gives Credence

June 25th, 2014 11:35 PM
Wednesday afternoon, Huffington Post's Sam Stein, whose track record of fundamentally dishonest reporting and refusing to admit the obvious even when caught red-handed goes back at least six years, used a tweet to promote an excuse even a six year-old wouldn't dare try to use on his or her parents. Behold Stein's tweet, which, modified to defend the indefensible in the Obama…

CNN's Johns: Emails Suggest Lois Lerner May Have Pushed for Chuck Gras

June 25th, 2014 10:10 PM
Halfway through the Wednesday edition of her eponymous program this evening, CNN's Erin Burnett turned to her colleague Joe Johns for breaking news regarding a fresh development in the IRS scandal: email evidence suggesting Lois Lerner may have pushed for an audit of Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley.  Immediately afterwards, in a panel discussion, CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin…

Networks: IRS Hearing Just 'Another Round of Bitter Partisanship'; Dem

June 24th, 2014 11:55 AM
After ten days of ignoring the June13 revelation that the IRS mysteriously lost two years worth of Lois Lerner's emails related to the scandal plaguing the agency, Tuesday's network morning shows finally took notice of the development only to tout Democrats dismissing the latest congressional hearing on the government abuse as a "farce." [Listen to the audio or watch the video…

On Saturday, CBS and NBC Give Attention to IRS Scandal As ABC's GMA Ig

June 23rd, 2014 6:38 AM
After all three broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday highlighted IRS commissioner John Koskinen's testimony before Congress regarding the numerous missing emails of former official Lois Lerner, Saturday morning's Good Morning America on ABC ignored the story completely while CBS This Morning ran a full report and NBC's Today gave viewers a 42-second news brief. GMA,…

Readers School Politico on 'Missing' IRS Emails

June 21st, 2014 3:35 PM
The emails of Lois Lerner and other IRS officials are gone forever. Therefore any more complaints about it are nothing but Republican nitpicking. Case closed. That pretty much sums up the attitude of Politico writer Rachael Bade whose Wednesday article title pretty much sums up what she portrays as the futility of any more investigation into retrieving those missing emails, "Sources:…

Networks Finally Notice IRS's 'Black Eye' Due to 'Lost' Lois Lerner E

June 20th, 2014 11:28 PM
The Big Three networks' Friday evening newscasts finally noticed the latest development in the IRS scandal (they omitted it on Thursday), after Rep. Paul Ryan grilled Commissioner John Koskinen earlier in the day. ABC's David Muir spotlighted "the outrage...involving the IRS claiming to have lost thousands of crucial documents – lawmakers asking, how can the tax man be let…

Lois Lerner's Hard Drive Destroyed; Big Three Evening Newscasts Ignore

June 19th, 2014 7:59 PM
"Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightning rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources," Politico's Rachael Bade reported Wednesday evening. Although the revelation has congressional Republicans understandably furious and at least one prominent IT…

Networks Censor Coverage of Lois Lerner's Destroyed Hard Drive, Cover

June 19th, 2014 3:24 PM
Wednesday night, word came out via Politico that the hard drive to the computer of former IRS official Lois Lerner was destroyed and recycled. This follows the news that emails from Lerner and six other officials that were being investigated for the IRS' pointed targeting of conservative non-profits were lost. Without a doubt, this revelation is big news. But not in the minds of ABC, CBS,…

Dog Ate the Homework? Newspapers Take Four Days to Notice Lois Lerner

June 19th, 2014 11:33 AM
The networks have mostly ignored new stories on the Internal Revenue Service claiming on Friday they lost two years of lost e-mails from IRS official Lois Lerner (and then six others) in the investigation of IRS attempts to inhibit conservative groups in the Obama years. But what about America's leading newspapers? Not Saturday. Not Sunday. Not Monday. The Watergate hounds at The…

Six More IRS Employees Have Missing Emails; Networks Ignore In Favor o

June 17th, 2014 9:00 PM
Six more IRS employees have curiously had their emails go missing, two Republican congressmen investigating the tax-collecting agency for its improper targeting of conservative non-profits informed the press today. This follows on the heel's of the revelation Friday afternoon regarding Lois Lerner's emails to the White House, the Treasury Department, and other persons outside the IRS…

ABC, NBC Continue to Ignore IRS Claim That It Lost 2 Years of Lois Ler

June 16th, 2014 7:52 PM
Last Friday, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it had lost approximately two years of emails from former employee Lois Lerner.  Despite the damning new revelations in the IRS scandal, ABC and NBC have failed to cover the story as of Monday June 16, and only CBS This Morning reported on the emails on Monday but their evening news program ignoring the IRS alongside ABC's…