Actual NYT headline: “IRS Focus on Conservatives Gives GOP an Issue to Seize On”

posted at 11:21 am on May 13, 2013 by Allahpundit

Ed flagged this earlier in an update but I want to make sure people see it. You know this routine by now: If it’s a scandal involving Republicans, the story is the scandal. If it’s a scandal involving Democrats, the story — or at least a significant part of it — is whether and how Republicans will “politicize” the scandal for their advantage. (Aren’t Democrats interested in “seizing on” this malfeasance to root out IRS corruption too?) That LA Times headline that I screencapped last week is a textbook example of the genre: “Partisan politics dominates House Benghazi hearing,” as if the big takeaway from Greg Hicks’s testimony was nothing-to-see-here politics-as-usual squabbling between Republicans and Democrats. What makes the NYT’s angle this morning noteworthy is that they’ve been downplaying tea partiers’ accusations against the IRS since the beginning, starting with this now-infamous editorial last year and continuing right on through this weekend. Joe Scarborough marveled on Saturday morning that the IRS story somehow didn’t make the Times’s front page; I didn’t see a hard copy of the paper but Michael Goldfarb claims an article ended up running on … page A11. Via DaTechGuy, here’s where it landed on the Times’s home page. Click the image to enlarge, squint hard, and look way, way down:

The lead editorial in yesterday’s Times, by the way, was titled, “Who Can Take Republicans Seriously?” It wasn’t about the IRS scandal, but draw your own conclusions as to how a paper whose leadership harbors that attitude might find a “politicization” angle more interesting than a story about the IRS persecuting conservative nonprofits.

There are, incidentally, two angles closely related to the “politicization” angle that some media types may find useful in deflecting from the underlying scandal. First, naturally, the idea that the scandal is bad mainly because it undermines liberal priorities:

The political firestorm over the Internal Revenue Service’s admission that it targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny during the 2012 election could jeopardize separate efforts underway in Congress to force the agency to crack down on non-profit political organizations, observers say…

Campaign-finance watchdogs, along with a handful of mostly Democratic lawmakers, have put increasing pressure on the IRS to more closely monitor the actions of self-described “social welfare” organizations — arguing these groups have abused the tax code to mask their funders.

Second, the inevitable concern-trolling that the GOP will “overplay its hand” in going after the IRS and the White House:

Unlike Bill Clinton, Obama isn’t handing ammunition to Republicans in the form of self-created personal scandals. And yet he is presiding over a conflict-ridden era that is, if anything, even more wearying and exasperating than the Clinton era. The GOP is blocking his judges and Cabinet secretaries, attacking his budget proposals as both too austere and not austere enough, trying to withhold money for a smooth transition to the new health care law, and threatening again to ignore the debt limit and the perils of default. Now add multiple investigations of the IRS and Benghazi, some warranted and some excessive. Where will it all lead?

Shortly after the September 1998 release of the Starr report (with its graphic sexual references and 11 proposed articles of impeachment), and before they went on to impeach and try Clinton, Republicans contradicted historical patterns by losing House seats. The public, it turned out, was tired of scandal, investigations, and conflict. Obama can only hope the same dynamic plays out in 2014.

So there you go. The GOP now has an issue to seize on which might well destroy the left’s dream of tighter campaign-finance scrutiny of nonprofits, unless Republicans “overreach” and end up destroying their political advantage in the process. Those are the “important” storylines worth keeping an eye on as we learn more about … senior IRS officials signing off on harassment of the administration’s ideological opponents.

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This scandal could bring down their master…they know it. And they know we know it. The American media is the process of committing suicide. Let’s not get in their way.

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

“All the news that’s fit for s**t”

Shy Guy on May 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

They’ve given up even trying to appear bipartisan.

Dog Eater could light his own children on fire in the Rose Garden while laughing gleefully and the NYT headline would be:

“GOP Rush To Politicize Preznit’s Family Barbeque”.

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM

I read today that some think the IRS “leaked” info on Romney’s donations. One in particular was one promoting the American family…

sandee on May 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM

There is something fundamentally really, really wrong with our media, and they need to do some accounting.
–Kirsten Powers.

woot woot.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

NYT goes into fullback mode.

Robert_Paulson on May 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

FUNYT.

steebo77 on May 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I’m pretty sure the GOP is only raising a stink because they’re racists.

myiq2xu on May 13, 2013 at 11:28 AM

I think the days of the NYT being the “Paper of Record” are long past. These days it’s about as significant as a local weekly paper in the Hinterlands.

Bitter Clinger on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

The GOP now has an issue to seize on which might well destroy the left’s dream of tighter campaign-finance scrutiny of nonprofits, unless Republicans “overreach” and end up destroying their political advantage in the process.

There’s not enough ammunition to support the politicization story, at least not yet. First, Ms. Lerner joined the IRS in 2001 during the Bush administration. In other words, she’s a career government employee, not beholden to politics. Second, the Treasury IG has aggressively pursued and investigated these problems and is apparently about to release a scathing report. There’s no sign of Treasury or others in the administration trying to whitewash the IRS behavior.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

I wonder if they ever gave any thought to how much encouragement all of this is going to give the Tea Party movement? Or did they really think this would remain hidden?

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Good follow-up AP.

I fully expect the first comments from the rat-eared coward about the IRS spying on conservatives will be along the lines of:

“Some folks on the right even think the IRS is out to get them! [pause for laughter] As if the President has that kind of power!”

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

It’s Monday, the news broke Friday. Do you think it’s going away?

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Compare and contrats NYT coverage of Nixon/IRS with Obama/IRS…

I know, I know – What difference, at this point, does any of this make?!

mjbrooks3 on May 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

There is something fundamentally really, really wrong with our media, and they need to do some accounting.
–Kirsten Powers.

woot woot.

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Along with this gem of hers yesterday: “I’m sorry, like I worked in the Clinton administration. I have never seen anything like this. Bill Clinton would not have gotten away with this”.

hillsoftx on May 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

The media can no longer control information access, so they have to throw a fit.

WordsMatter on May 13, 2013 at 11:33 AM

OT:

WTF? Via The Jawa Report (http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/215989.php), the White House Twitter page has, as a background, the depiction of an embossed Presidential seal with the eagle UPSIDE DOWN! (scroll the page down to see it).

Dunno what it means or why it’s there, but thought greater minds than mine might have some insight.

LooseCannon on May 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

There’s not enough ammunition to support the politicization story, at least not yet. First, Ms. Lerner joined the IRS in 2001 during the Bush administration. In other words, she’s a career government employee, not beholden to politics.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

There’s no sign of Treasury or others in the administration trying to whitewash the IRS behavior.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

There’s no sign they tried to stop it either.

darwin on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Get back to us when there are consequences at the highest level, not the typical “stern letter and a reassignment” Libs are notorious for..

hillsoftx on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

‘A (partisan) issue to seize on’?!

Now everyone knows that the NYT is as worthless, due to its rabid, unashamedly partisan stance/reporting, but their example here demonstrates that there is 1 true test for political partisanship in EVERY situation:

“What if this happened under the GOP / a GOP President?”

The honest answer is the Progressives would already be calling for Bush’s head right now, foaming at the mouth whilescreaming about the Impeachable Scandals of the Benghazi Cover-up and now the Illegal use of the IRS to target/intimidate/punish political enemies/threats.

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

It’s Monday, the news broke Friday. Do you think it’s going away?

Cindy Munford on May 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM

But it’s a scathing report.

This is going to blow up and blow up fast. Most Americans distrust the IRS and this just proves how rooted in truth that distrust is.

gophergirl on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Republicans rush to exploit President Obama’s murder of two children visiting the White House.

thgrant on May 13, 2013 at 11:36 AM

she’s a career government employee, not beholden to politics.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Please apply the same standard to Greg Hicks, Whistleblower #1, who is the same AND VOTED FOR CLINTON AND OBAMA TWICE.

hillsoftx on May 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

There’s no sign of Treasury or others in the administration trying to whitewash the IRS behavior.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Right and this was just the actions of a bunch of rougue GS-8s working in Ohio. Lerner didn’t have a clue that conservative groups were being targeted…… Nothing to see here, move along.

The left was demanding full access to Scooter Libby’s schedule book and the paper trail for the legal firing of 18 US Attorneys for performace issues. Yet when it comes to the IRS spying on Americans for the benefit of a political campaign? Crickets.

Happy Nomad on May 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

The IRS is holding a gun to the heads of Americans.

and guess who doesn’t care…..

ted c on May 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

This is going to blow up and blow up fast. Most Americans distrust the IRS and this just proves how rooted in truth that distrust is.

gophergirl on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Add this to the fact that it’s believed by some now that the IRS “leaked” info on Romney including some of his donations…

sandee on May 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

It’s a sure bet that if the IRS ‘looked close’ at OWS, the SPLC would call the IRS the ‘racist arm of the Republican Party’.

Let’s see what happens. The IRS didn’t seem to find anything that could harm or destroy any Conservative groups, which I bet cheesed off the liberals who started looking. Still, it’s time to look into the IRS over this. As the Romans used to say, “Who guards the guards?”

Liam on May 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

NYT: You know, this could hurt Dear Leader and ObamaCare…

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Alternate Tagline:

“The Fishwrap of Record even with no fish, still stinks”.

Alternate Headline:

“NYT to Benghazi/F&F Families: Drop Dead”.

BlaxPac on May 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Actual NYT headline on 9 August 1972:

‘Nixon Orders IRS to Investigate McGovern, Donors’…

Not…

‘IRS Focus on McGovern, Donors Gives Dems an Issue to Seize On’

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

Treasury IG has aggressively pursued and investigated these problems and is apparently about to release a scathing report.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

ohhhhhh. scathing…about…. Ms. Lerner who, as you say, is solely responsible for this.

Wouldn’t it have been easier just to fire her?

Do you ever actually think about what you believe?

29Victor on May 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

This scandal proves just how scared the Progs are of the Tea Party movement…

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 11:41 AM

David Cameron: Thanks for sending that bust of Churchill back…

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I said it in another thread….Barack Capone!

I like it….

Canape anyone…

Tilly on May 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

This is going to blow up and blow up fast. Most Americans distrust the IRS and this just proves how rooted in truth that distrust is.

gophergirl on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

So now we need to begin reminding them that this is the same organization that will be keeping track of your health-care status and asking for even more personal info.

29Victor on May 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

David Cameron: Thanks for sending that bust of Churchill back…

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Oops! Wrong thread.

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Beck has an attorney on now that has 27 groups he is representing on this irs mess. I hope to goodness they get to the bottom of this.

They are going to hold the irs and those involved accountable he just said and wants those groups to get immediate tax exempted status NOW!
L

letget on May 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I have no doubt that career government employees take actions based on liberal ideology.

(This is probably true for about 90% of career EPA employees.)

This is a problem..

Career government employees do tend to be liberal, and by extension, base decisions on their ideology, naturally. The higher one goes in government hierarchy the more likely the positions are dominated by liberals.

And that is definitely a problem alright

hawkeye54 on May 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

There’s not enough ammunition to support the politicization story, at least not yet. First, Ms. Lerner joined the IRS in 2001 during the Bush administration. In other words, she’s a career government employee, not beholden to politics. Second, the Treasury IG has aggressively pursued and investigated these problems and is apparently about to release a scathing report. There’s no sign of Treasury or others in the administration trying to whitewash the IRS behavior.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Lemme see…you put a tax cheat in charge of the IRS….you appoint another tax as your chief of staff…you greatly expland the role of the IRS in the Obamacare fiasco….but we should accept any IRS abuse of power as just some silly beuraucratic snafu?

BTW – the investigation here is hardly ‘aggressive.’ Who has been disciplined?

Deafdog on May 13, 2013 at 11:43 AM

KCRovin ‏@KCRovin 1m
@nytimes @washingtonpost Did the #IRSscandal target any of you liberal progressives?

I won’t be holding my breath for a response.

Rovin on May 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM

There’s no sign of Treasury or others in the administration trying to whitewash the IRS behavior.

bayam

Issa and others made the charge last year so the idea that there is no whitewash is a lie, liar.

It would be easier for you to stop lying and admit that Obama is running one of the most corrupt and incompetent administrations this Republic has seen.

chimney sweep on May 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

OT:

WTF? Via The Jawa Report (http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/215989.php), the White House Twitter page has, as a background, the depiction of an embossed Presidential seal with the eagle UPSIDE DOWN! (scroll the page down to see it).

Dunno what it means or why it’s there, but thought greater minds than mine might have some insight.

LooseCannon on May 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

I thought you had to be kidding. Alas, click that second link and scroll through the first 20 or so tweets. In the gray background, the eagle really IS upside down. (Which is about the way the country feels right now.)

UnderstandingisPower on May 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

You know, this could hurt Dear Leader and ObamaCare…

The scary thing is, I doubt Dear Leader and his criminal enterprise go down quietly.

He’ll take the whole nation down with him if it comes to it.

hawkeye54 on May 13, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Click the image to enlarge, squint hard, and look way, way down:

From NYT Website FAQ:

Q: Why don’t I ever see stories that are critical of President Obama at the NYT?

A: Try pressing and holding the “Ctrl” key while tapping on the “+” key about 10 times.

Dusty on May 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

There’s no sign of Treasury or others in the administration trying to whitewash the IRS behavior.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Not Yet!

Rovin on May 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Treasury IG has aggressively pursued and investigated these problems and is apparently about to release a scathing report.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Get this through your bloody head:

IT IS AGAINST THE BLOODY LAW.

IT IS AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENCE, IF OBAMA HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT OR KNEW ABOUT IT AND DID NOTHING.

From the Articles of Impeachment for Richard Nixon:

Article 2:

Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.

This conduct has included one or more of the following:

Section 1:

He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

It is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, ILLEGAL, UNETHICAL, IMMORAL, AN ABUSE OF OFFICE, AND AN ABUSE OF POWER.

BTW: Don’t give me any of this ‘Blame Bush!’ shit. This targeting was known by senior IRS officials and likely high-level officials in the Treasury, like Geithner, and even in the White House at the latest LAST YEAR. NOTHING HAPPENED. NO ONE WAS FIRED. That is condoning such behaviour.

Furthermore, princess, we know that wealthy Romney donors were targeted for audits by both the IRS and the Department of Labour after they spoke out and supported him.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Lemme see…you put a tax cheat in charge of the IRS….you appoint another tax as your chief of staff…you greatly expand the role of the IRS in the Obamacare fiasco….but we should accept any IRS abuse of power as just some silly bureaucratic snafu?

Well, to be fair, Barry’s put cheats and liars in just about every federal position of authority and influence. Abuse of that authority and influence is just Chicago politics as usual.

hawkeye54 on May 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Warsaw Ghetto.

Page 7.

Ben Hur on May 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

There’s not enough ammunition to support the politicization story, at least not yet.

Hmm, let’s see, memos and admittances from IRS leaders that they specifically targeted groups that the Obama Party and liberals ordered them to target.

First, Ms. Lerner joined the IRS in 2001 during the Bush administration. In other words, she’s a career government employee, not beholden to politics.

LOL. Unfortunately, given that Barack Obama and the Obama Party openly discriminate against and fire conservatives and Republicans, the fact that she has survived to this point means she’s a good Obama puppet.

Second, the Treasury IG has aggressively pursued and investigated these problems and is apparently about to release a scathing report. There’s no sign of Treasury or others in the administration trying to whitewash the IRS behavior.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Of course there is. Look at the NYT headline, look at WaPo trying to spin this, look at the lying David Plouffe spinning it on Twitter. The Administration is lying and spinning and screaming and trying to whitewash the fact that they deliberately politicized the IRS and ordered it to harass and punish people that Obama wants destroyed.

Keep braying, brayam. No one seriously believes you are mentally capable of doing anything but spinning for Obama any more. Sick liars like yourself are merely justifying what you did and trying to get away from the fact that you got caught.

northdallasthirty on May 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM

There’s not enough ammunition to support the politicization story, at least not yet. First, Ms. Lerner joined the IRS in 2001 during the Bush administration. In other words, she’s a career government employee, not beholden to politics.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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You didn’t convince a single person with that. That includes all the anonymous persons who only read Hotair, and don’t comment.
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Second, the Treasury IG has aggressively pursued and investigated these problems and is apparently about to release a scathing report. There’s no sign of Treasury or others in the administration trying to whitewash the IRS behavior.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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Signs won’t show until the “scathing report” is made.

But even at that, what “signs” does anyone expect a blind person to be able to see ?

listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Six times the IRS has been accused of punishing President Obama’s political opponents

3. Austan Goolsbee, Then Chair of the Council of Economic Advisors, Divulged on a Conference Call Confidential IRS Information on How Koch Industries Was Organized

In a background call with reporters, a “senior administration official” used Koch Industries as an example of how large corporations used corporate structures to avoid taxes.

In the course of attacking Koch Industries, which employs over 50,000 people and is owned by prominent conservative philanthropists Charles and David Koch, the official divulged confidential tax information about the company. The official was later outed as Austan Goolsbee, the former director of the president’s Economic Recovery Board and then chair of the Council Of Economic Advisers.

“Neither the Koch website nor Forbes’ list of private companies has information regarding Koch’s tax filling status. This is confidential information,” according to Koch Industries lawyer Mark Holden.

In 2010 an investigation led by the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, Russell George, was opened after Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee requested it. The results of the investigation have not been publicly communicated, and will not be released unless Senate Democrats permit it.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

…the Bush administration…
 
bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

 
DRINK!

rogerb on May 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

:SIGH: Off to work to help pay for Obamacare and other Economically stimulating programs of Progressives /sarc

Will be back on after 11pm tonite….Later all!

BTW, Ed, I STILL can’t log in via the Android App! :o(

BlaxPac on May 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

That is the NYT in a nutshell. Don’t they see that IRS overreach could just as easily apply to both conservative and liberal groups, depending on the circumstances? Apparently they are so myopic, they only care whether their Dear Leader might get embarrassed, not whether fundamental protections are violated. Talk about bald-faced bias.

KS Rex on May 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

“All the news that’s fit for s**t”

Shy Guy on May 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Or, “All the News Dems Shit, We Print”

The Rogue Tomato on May 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

IT IS AGAINST THE BLOODY LAW.

Logically and legally yes.

However, we live in a new era.

Barry is the Law.

What he does and what he instructs or permits to be done under his all-seeing and all-knowing omnipotence is the law.

To act against Barry then is acting against the law.

hawkeye54 on May 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

RWM, what we have to remember is this: NO Obama supporter anywhere, and especially not Obama trolls like Bayam, is mentally capable of acknowledging that “progressives” or Obama Party supporters broke the law and should be punished.

Remember, bayam and his fellow Barack Obama supporters have been brainwashed. Barack Obama and the Obama Party have beaten into their heads that anyone who criticizes or disagrees with Barack Obama is a racist Nazi who should be destroyed and punished using the full force and power of the government.

It is not illegal to break the law and discriminate when attacking those who would dare criticize or vote against Barack Obama. This is Bayam’s mentality, it is the Obama Party doctrine, and it is what the media has been ordered to ceaselessly repeat.

northdallasthirty on May 13, 2013 at 11:56 AM

And libs are having a cow over the thought of the Koch brothers buying the LA Times. It would be awful if a newspaper like that lost its holy anointed independence. LOL

KS Rex on May 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Treasury IG has aggressively pursued and investigated these problems and is apparently about to release a scathing report.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Get this through your bloody head:

IT IS AGAINST THE BLOODY LAW.

IT IS AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENCE, IF OBAMA HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT OR KNEW ABOUT IT AND DID NOTHING.
.
From the Articles of Impeachment for Richard Nixon:

Article 2:

Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.

This conduct has included one or more of the following:

Section 1:

He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

It is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, ILLEGAL, UNETHICAL, IMMORAL, AN ABUSE OF OFFICE, AND AN ABUSE OF POWER.

BTW: Don’t give me any of this ‘Blame Bush!’ (expletive). This targeting was known by senior IRS officials and likely high-level officials in the Treasury, like Geithner, and even in the White House at the latest LAST YEAR.
NOTHING HAPPENED. NO ONE WAS FIRED.
That is condoning such behaviour.

Furthermore, princess, we know that wealthy Romney donors were targeted for audits by both the IRS and the Department of Labour after they spoke out and supported him.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

.
Wow, that’s much better than what I said.

Uhhh … “dittos”. : )

listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

There’s not enough ammunition to support the politicization story, at least not yet. First, Ms. Lerner joined the IRS in 2001 during the Bush administration. In other words, she’s a career government employee, not beholden to politics.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Bishop on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

How he can figure that out from a bank teller’s window in a Canadian bank, we’ll never know.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Nice spin from the NYT, no wonder they are going broke.

Axion on May 13, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Coming soon to the New York Times:
“The future must not belong to those who slander Barack Obama”

PackerBronco on May 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

There’s no sign of Treasury or others in the administration trying to whitewash the IRS behavior.

bayam

Liar. On Friday, they said that it was just a few ‘low-level people in Cincinnati.’ Ms Lerner, herself, claimed that she had just learned about it from news reports.

BOTH ARE DEMONSTRABLY FALSE.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Wow, that’s much better than what I said.

Uhhh … “dittos”. : )

listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Well, don’t say stuff like that; you’ll never get up in the clouds. :)

Axe on May 13, 2013 at 12:06 PM

In other words, she’s a career government employee, not beholden to politics.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Like Stephanie Celandine Gyamfi…

…who it has been determined, leaked numerous attorney-client privileged documents, confidential personnel information, and other sensitive legal materials to the Washington Post and various left-wing blogs throughout 2005-2007 and then lied about it under oath three times…

…and is still a staff attorney in the Obama-Holder Justice Department?

Like her?

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

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Signs won’t show until the “scathing report” is made.

But even at that, what “signs” does anyone expect a blind person to be able to see ?

listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

bayam may be blind but it can still smell it’s own vomit and feces.

VegasRick on May 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

OT:

WTF? Via The Jawa Report (http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/215989.php), the White House Twitter page has, as a background, the depiction of an embossed Presidential seal with the eagle UPSIDE DOWN! (scroll the page down to see it).

Dunno what it means or why it’s there, but thought greater minds than mine might have some insight.

LooseCannon on May 13, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Photo taken from below, when the person should have been on the other side of the room.

Passive Aggressive that is plausibly deniable…

hobbit on May 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

Treasury IG has aggressively pursued and investigated these problems and is apparently about to release a scathing report.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Get this through your bloody head:

IT IS AGAINST THE BLOODY LAW.

IT IS AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENCE, IF OBAMA HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT OR KNEW ABOUT IT AND DID NOTHING.

From the Articles of Impeachment for Richard Nixon:

Article 2:

Using the powers of the office of President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, in violation of his constitutional oath faithfully to execute the office of President of the United States and, to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, and in disregard of his constitutional duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has repeatedly engaged in conduct violating the constitutional rights of citizens, impairing the due and proper administration of justice and the conduct of lawful inquiries, or contravening the laws governing agencies of the executive branch and the purposed of these agencies.

This conduct has included one or more of the following:

Section 1:

He has, acting personally and through his subordinates and agents, endeavoured to obtain from the Internal Revenue Service, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, confidential information contained in income tax returns for purposed not authorized by law, and to cause, in violation of the constitutional rights of citizens, income tax audits or other income tax investigations to be initiated or conducted in a discriminatory manner.

It is UNCONSTITUTIONAL, ILLEGAL, UNETHICAL, IMMORAL, AN ABUSE OF OFFICE, AND AN ABUSE OF POWER.

BTW: Don’t give me any of this ‘Blame Bush!’ shit. This targeting was known by senior IRS officials and likely high-level officials in the Treasury, like Geithner, and even in the White House at the latest LAST YEAR. NOTHING HAPPENED. NO ONE WAS FIRED. That is condoning such behaviour.

Furthermore, princess, we know that wealthy Romney donors were targeted for audits by both the IRS and the Department of Labour after they spoke out and supported him.

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Damn, I just got my daily dose of RWM porn in one post :)

I could use a cigarette right now. If I smoked, that is.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

When you have an Administration whose religion is increasing the size and power of government and grabbing every tax dollar that can possibly grabbed to pay for it, anyone who commits blasphemy and sacrilege will be stoned.

The mindset is “all your dollars belong to us” so any excuse to prevent citizens or organizations from keeping their money is to be deployed. Liberal groups were not targeted because they are helping to promote the religion of more government and higher taxes.

rockmom on May 13, 2013 at 12:11 PM

“All the news that’s fit for s**t”

Shy Guy on May 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Or, “All the News Dems Shit, We Print”

The Rogue Tomato on May 13, 2013 at 11:52 AM

#BenghaziInFourWords…

NYT: ‘Unfit to print’

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Damn, I just got my daily dose of RWM porn in one post :)

I could use a cigarette right now. If I smoked, that is.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 13, 2013 at 12:09 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpPQBL7PNhs

:-)

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

So there you go. The GOP now has an issue to seize on which might well destroy the left’s dream of tighter campaign-finance scrutiny of nonprofits, unless Republicans “overreach” and end up destroying their political advantage in the process

Right on. Next step is to declare that the GOP has indeed overreached. Throw in the most aggressive out of context Republican soundbite available, and then bring on a very reasonable sounding guest to talk about reforming the process without mentioning any of the leftist groups enjoying tax exempt status.

forest on May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Apparently the NYT thinks what the IRS did was not really particularly newsworthy or alarming. At least not when compared to what the GOP has to say about it. There’s the real story. They are getting out in front of Dear Leader on this, running interference for him.

It is basically what they did with Benghazi when it was “new” news. The real story was what Romney and the GOP had to say about it. Now what actually happened before, during, and after Benghazi is “old” news and not particularly newsworthy. But that the GOP is still allegedly trying to use it for political purposes is a “new” and newsworthy story.

Pravda on the Hudson’s propaganda strategy is transparent.

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Sandra Fluck

Heh. Wonder if that was an intentional mis-speak.

nukemhill on May 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Second, the Treasury IG has aggressively pursued and investigated these problems and is apparently about to release a scathing report. There’s no sign of Treasury or others in the administration trying to whitewash the IRS behavior.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

AS RWM makes explicitly clear above, THIS WAS AGAINST THE LAW AND IS PUNISHABLE AS SUCH!
I’ll believe your “no whitewash” claim when Holder’s justice dept files charges and convicts.

Wow, that’s much better than what I said.

Uhhh … “dittos”. : )

listens2glenn on May 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

I KNOW! How do we set her up for making a comment, you know, the way Rush takes callers?

Maybe a few carelessly chosen retorts to trolls, then watch their attack come rolling in –right to her death by thousands of poisonous lethally targeted slices. And occasional nukes.

questionmark on May 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Joe Scarborough marveled on Saturday morning that the IRS story somehow didn’t make the Times’s front page;

It is unsurprising that Scarborough is surprised by this.

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Maybe someone reading this might think to themselves, “Hey, I could be more like her. Maybe, or maybe not such a long argument — but I could be logical, concise, and right up the middle. From now on, occasionally, for practice, I’m going to argue like RWM.”

^ Not for everyone. Only for the chosen.

Axe on May 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM

What if this happened under the GOP / a GOP President?”

easyt65 on May 13, 2013 at 11:35 AM

It did. Richard Nixon’s impeachment papers had these same charges in the counts brought forth. No speculation required. ;-)

totherightofthem on May 13, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Obama is now a LAME DUCK … no doubt about it.

J_Crater on May 13, 2013 at 12:38 PM

There’s not enough ammunition to support the politicization story, at least not yet. First, Ms. Lerner joined the IRS in 2001 during the Bush administration. In other words, she’s a career government employee, not beholden to politics.

bayam on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

And when you thought bayam couldn’t get any stupider…

jimver on May 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Obama is a dispicable lying douchebag… I flucking dispise that man…’nuff said…

In a normal sane world, this would bring down anyone else, but no, not the 0.

The people (0 voters and progs) of the US of A are all insane!

Scrumpy on May 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

That is the NYT in a nutshell. Don’t they see that IRS overreach could just as easily apply to both conservative and liberal groups, depending on the circumstances? Apparently they are so myopic, they only care whether their Dear Leader might get embarrassed, not whether fundamental protections are violated. Talk about bald-faced bias.

KS Rex on May 13, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I think it goes deeper. a) They believe that their hold of the hearts and minds of the American Public is unassailable and will last forever, b) they recognize that most of the public doesn’t remember what happened in the news last week, let alone years prior unless they remind the public in one of their articles, therefore c)They believe that whatever they say and print on any given day will be received and accepted by most of the public without question. Thus, knowing this d) they are not worried about what they will do when a liberal group is equivalently targeted by a future GOP or other opposition president because when that happens e) they will go full on attack mode midieval on that administration, wringing their hands and howling to the heavens about the attack on the civil rights of that liberal group and call for the impeachment of the sitting GOP leader and destruction of the party. Sad thing is f) given the behavior of the average citizen, they have the right gauge on public perception and reactions.

So they aren’t worried about what happens when this happens to their own, they will just take the opposite position they are taking now and think they will get away with it

AZfederalist on May 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Resist We Much on May 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Beat me to it. ;-)

totherightofthem on May 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM

And when you thought bayam couldn’t get any stupider…

jimver on May 13, 2013 at 12:41 PM

The trolls may be starting to take note of what HAL is allowed to post and get away with.

farsighted on May 13, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Does anyone think that if the NYT were in the south or the midwest it would still be in business? There are just enough looney leftists in NY to keep this paper barely afloat.

I’m going to quote from a favorite song of mine “I’m tired of waiting for reason to arrive” and another line “the trouble with you and me my friend is the trouble with this nation, too many blessings and not enough appreciation” and finally “have you ever noticed that an angry man can only get so far, until he reconciles the way things ought to be with the way things are” This was written by a known leftist Don Henley. I think everyone is getting sick and tired of this government, of it’s overreach. Of the endless spin of the msm. When even their side is growing a case of tired head then maybe it’s time to reassess.

NYT is the biggest spinner of all. They owe us all an apology for what they’ve done to their brand, to conservatives, and to this nation. I won’t hold my breath.

neyney on May 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Follow the facts down the rabbit hole. Inevitably it will lead you to GWB.

Oxymoron on May 13, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Sure…Congress needs to investigate the IRS…

But…

Benghazi is directly connected to then Sec. of State Hillary Clinton…
Only the Sec. of State could grant a waiver on embassy security standards – Nordstrom

Benghazi is directly connected to President Obama…Only the President can issue a Stand Down Order to the military (Pentagon/Africom) as CIC of the military.

Benghazi coverup involves WH,State,DOD,NSC and a complicit driveby media where three networks have family members at NSC advising both WH and State on Benghazi.

Benghazi resulted in 4 murders and serious injury to embassy/security personnel…ruined diplomacy…impotent international security that demoralizes our military and our foreign service…Obstruction of Federal Criminal Investigations & Obstruction of Justice…Witness Intimidation and Abuse of Power at the highest levels of Office…A breach of Trust between branches of Government, between agencies of Government and between the American People and the Government we elect to serve our Nations Interests.

So…I’m not buyin’ into the sudden concern of the media about Conservatives Think Tanks,Tea Party Activists and Pro-Israeli Jewish activists being targeted by the IRS.

workingclass artist on May 13, 2013 at 1:13 PM

I think the days of the NYT being the “Paper of Record” are long past. These days it’s about as significant as a local weekly paper in the Hinterlands.

Bitter Clinger on May 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM

To my liberal friends, I joke about the NYT being “the left-wing answer to the Limbaugh letter”. Grossly unfair to Rush Limbaugh, but it really gets the lefties all steamed up.

SubmarineDoc on May 13, 2013 at 1:19 PM

AZfederalist on May 13, 2013 at 12:43 PM

Good analysis/characterization.

KS Rex on May 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM

“Back when leaders of tea party groups were just alleging their organizations were being targeted by the Internal Revenue Service, The New York Times defended the agency for applying extra scrutiny to the conservative groups.

“Taxpayers should be encouraged by complaints from tea party chapters applying for nonprofit tax status at being asked by the Internal Revenue Service to prove they are ‘social welfare’ organizations and not the political activists they so obviously are,” a New York Times editorial, ”The I.R.S Does Its Job,” from March. 7, 2012 began…”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/13/flashback-ny-times-defended-irs-targeting-tea-party-groups-in-2012/#ixzz2TCDi2z94

*Blech*

workingclass artist on May 13, 2013 at 1:49 PM

This scandal could bring down their master…they know it. And they know we know it. The American media is the process of committing suicide. Let’s not get in their way.

d1carter on May 13, 2013 at 11:24 AM

+infinity

kim roy on May 13, 2013 at 2:19 PM

So there you go. The GOP now has an issue to seize on which might well destroy the left’s dream of tighter campaign-finance scrutiny of nonprofits, unless Republicans “overreach” and end up destroying their political advantage in the process

Right on. Next step is to declare that the GOP has indeed overreached. Throw in the most aggressive out of context Republican soundbite available, and then bring on a very reasonable sounding guest to talk about reforming the process without mentioning any of the leftist groups enjoying tax exempt status.

forest on May 13, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Anyone that’s concerned about ‘overreach’ and of this issue taking up time in Congress that should be spent otherwise, should be supporting an Independent Special Prosecutor.

Put it in their hands, and Congress can ‘get back to business’.

slickwillie2001 on May 13, 2013 at 2:36 PM

How about the actions of the IRS, even implied, are so Un-American that it defies the moral fabric of who we are as a country! This is one big whack job on individual rights and freedoms. CORRUPTION.

karlinsync on May 13, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Which is EXACTLY how they covered the latest Benghazi hearing, which apparently they think is nothing more than a partisan attack on Hillary Clinton.

There’s an old joke about a New York Times headline:

WORLD ENDS: WOMEN AND MINORITIES HARDEST HIT

Looks like we need an updated version.

PARTISAN ATTACKS UNDERMINE PRESIDENT AS HE DECLARES HIMSELF DICTATOR FOR LIFE

Hmmm. Needs work…..

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 13, 2013 at 6:37 PM

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