MSNBC contributor wonders: Why didn’t Romney make a bigger deal about the IRS scandal last year?

posted at 7:21 pm on May 22, 2013 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, there are only two possibilities here. One: Such is the denial and obfuscation at MSNBC over Scandalmania that Republicans are now being blamed for not building a time machine and exposing Obama’s scandals before anyone (except the IRS) knew for sure there was a scandal. I hope that’s what Finney’s suggesting here, just because I like the idea that it’s somehow Romney’s fault, not Obama’s, for not being aggressive enough in revealing wrongdoing by Obama’s administration.

Two: She’s referring to the fact that Issa and his committee knew last year that the IG was investigating tea-party complaints, even though (a) they couldn’t know for sure at the time what the results of the investigation would be and the IG took care to make sure they didn’t find out before November, and (b) if Issa or Romney had taken Finney’s advice here and accused Obama and the IRS last year of targeting tea partiers without any hard proof, they would have been capital-D Destroyed by the media for it. Right? Imagine Romney walking out to a presser last October, a few points down in the polls, and declaring that he had it on good authority that the Treasury Department would find that the IRS had targeted Obama’s political opponents for extra scrutiny and that he … couldn’t actually prove a word of it. But he had sources! Just like the sources Harry Reid supposedly had showing that Romney hadn’t paid income tax in 10 years or whatever. How would our fair and newly credulous press have reacted to that claim four weeks or so out from an election, with Precious’s sweet ass on the line? How would, say, MSNBC and Karen Finney have greeted that claim? The surreal punchline to this clip is that tea partiers did complain, long and loudly, months before the election, and apart from a few outlets the media paid them no mind. The New York Times actually published a now-infamous editorial congratulating the IRS for taking a hard look at them. In fact, if the White House had pushed back hard after the news first broke two weeks ago and argued that special IRS scrutiny of conservative nonprofits was proper under the circumstances, it’s a lead-pipe cinch that there’d still be plenty of media people defending the agency today. No wonder Scandalmania’s destroying their ratings.


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We saw how the MSM handled Romney’s treatment of Benghazi

J_Crater on May 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM

“…with Precious’s sweet ass on the line…”

cynccook on May 22, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Wouldn’t matter..
Obama was scheduled to know about the IRS candelas 8 months from then..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 7:25 PM

I honestly wasn’t aware of this mess until this year. Don’t recall much being reported on Hotair let alone in the MSM.

jawkneemusic on May 22, 2013 at 7:26 PM

“Everybody knew about this investigation long before the election.”

Stop that slander of Dear Reaper, I mean Dear Leader. Dear Leader didn’t know. In fact, he didn’t even find out until he heard about it on TV next Friday.

VorDaj on May 22, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Whew. For a moment I thought it said Karen Finley. It’s doesn’, so I guess that means the video’s safe to watch.

Oh, wait, it’s MSNBC…

CJ on May 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Am I the only person who’s never heard the phrase “lead-pipe cinch” before?

cynccook on May 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

So everyone but Obama knew of the investigation right?

geojed on May 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I honestly wasn’t aware of this mess until this year. Don’t recall much being reported on Hotair let alone in the MSM.

jawkneemusic on May 22, 2013 at 7:26 PM

It was during that Fluck/whore thing last year..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

It was during that Fluck/whore thing last year..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Slut…that is..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

May 22, National Random Act of Journalism Day.

hillsoftx on May 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM

What??? Blame Romney?

jake49 on May 22, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Preposterous on so many levels.

Curtiss on May 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Because Romney could barely raise his pulse enough to go after Obama on Benghazi.

portlandon on May 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Alex Wagner’s show.

Of Course. The defacto hotbed for progspiracies.

Hey! The Charlie Cook article is already working it’s magic!

Good job, Charlie!

Defense! Defense!

budfox on May 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Wait a second. isn’t it Bush’s fault? His crystal ball was blurry before Romney’s so says San Fran Nan.

Slainte on May 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

The Left is desperate. Not only are they trying to blame Romney for the scandal going far as it did (like the LSM would have listened and not called him a liar), the NYT blames Rush for the media not covering any news of what was going on. The reason: Rush’s comment about Fluke was so huge that every reporter in the media was covering it. That’s right — if Rush didn’t call her what he did, every reporter would have been freed up to uncover what was going on at the IRS.

Right…

I love the smell of liberal fear in the evening as well as in the morning.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

Am I the only person who’s never heard the phrase “lead-pipe cinch” before?

cynccook on May 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Sorry, can’t help you out. I have heard of it before. Not sure now, however, what in the world it was ever created or what it means.

UnderstandingisPower on May 22, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Low Information Pundit

“The ‘D’OH!!!‘ is strong in this one.”

PolAgnostic on May 22, 2013 at 7:36 PM

I bet Crowley would have jumped up and had papers to PROVE… PROVE that Obama… oh… they would have come up with something.

UnderstandingisPower on May 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

if Issa or Romney had taken Finney’s advice here and accused Obama and the IRS last year of targeting tea partiers without any hard proof, they would have been capital-D Destroyed by the media for it.

Correct.

kunegetikos on May 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

“Everybody knew about this investigation long before the election.”

Why didn’t you report it then?

davidk on May 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

“Everybody knew about this investigation long before the election.”

Why didn’t you report it then?

davidk on May 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM

BOOM!

kim roy on May 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

with Precious’s sweet ass on the line?

Allah, your snark gets better every day.

JusDreamin on May 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Right…

I love the smell of liberal fear in the evening as well as in the morning.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

I nominate Rush for the Nobel Peace Prize..
Why not..

Hold on…
HA is taking over my horizontal…
My vertical too..
Oh..

It’s a pop-up about gun control..

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Now a judge is apologizing for keeping James Rosen’s case under seal for 18 months…a review is being called for. LOL

d1carter on May 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Steer clear of royal welcomes, avoid a big toodoo A king who would slaughter the innocents will not cut a deal for you. But Herods always out there, hes got our card on file. Its a lead pipe cinch, if you give an inch then Harod likes to take a mile…Home by another way-James Taylor Does anyone believe that this is in ANY way Romneys fault? MSNBC just lost half its audience…all 12 of them

neyney on May 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Everyone and their dog knew about this long before the election…save Obama who just found out last week when he turned on the nightly news.

Kataklysmic on May 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

She’s referring to the fact that Issa and his committee knew last year that the IG was investigating tea-party complaints, even though (a) they couldn’t know for sure at the time what the results of the investigation would be and the IG took care to make sure they didn’t find out before November,

Not to mention that Congresscritters are given heads up on secret stuff with the proviso that they don’t reveal it. At least publicly.

rbj on May 22, 2013 at 7:41 PM

He probably didn’t want his family harmed by Ogabe’s IRS— SS.

viking01 on May 22, 2013 at 7:42 PM

“Asked why he visited WH 118 times, Former IRS Commish Doug Shulman, cited the Easter Egg Roll as one reason.”

J_Crater on May 22, 2013 at 7:42 PM

Right.

It’s not like MSNBC is the media ar anything.

dthorny on May 22, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Cruz! You da man! “The senior senator of Arizona urged senators to trust House Republicans … and frankly, I don’t trust Republicans,” Cruz said. “It’s the leaders of both parties that got us in this mess. … A lot of Republicans were complicit in this spending spree

.”

http://thehill.com/video/senate/301329-cruz-i-dont-trust-republicans

davidk on May 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Well. You get the idea.

davidk on May 22, 2013 at 7:46 PM

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

*clink*..:)

PS..I’m with you..:)

Dire Straits on May 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

So Whorehouse Harry Reid can make a proclamation ( Talk out of his @$$) that Mitt paid no taxes for 20 years and it is perfectly OK according to the Drive By’s but if the Republicans brought this out before this before the election without proof they would have been laughed off by those same Drive By’s. So much BULL$h!T

hamradio on May 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Oh, good Lord…

ladyingray on May 22, 2013 at 7:49 PM

What’s on deck next for these LSM fools — The devil made the IRS do it? A case of demon-possession? Or maybe everyone in the media suddenly got religion and went holy rollin’ instead of doing their jobs?

Then again, they did their jobs — covering Obama’s azz.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Dire Straits on May 22, 2013 at 7:48 PM

*clink*

What an interesting week or so..

So much corruption being exposed..

And we have Obama pulling a Hans Solo..

“it’s not my fault….it’s not my fault”

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

No wonder Scandalmania’s destroying their ratings.

Please AP. don’t make me laugh. MSNBC never had ratings to be destroyed.

Gracelynn on May 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

Then again, they did their jobs — covering Obama’s azz.

Liam on May 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM

They not only covered his @$$ but kissed it so much that they became ChapStick addicts

hamradio on May 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/lead-pipe-cinch.html

davidk on May 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Beat me to it, by a

copper riveted, lead pipe, copyrighted, air tight cinch.

AesopFan on May 22, 2013 at 7:53 PM

hamradio on May 22, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Noticed your handle..

Are you a ham operator?

Electrongod on May 22, 2013 at 7:54 PM

Fawning media leads Obama into illusions of invincibility.

From the City Journal.

esr1951 on May 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM

First of all… The targeting of TeaParty & other non RINO conservative groups started in 2010….

So it benefited not just Obama in 2012… But it benefited Romney nomination too….

Why didn’t Romney complain more or at all about the reports of CONSERVATIVE groups being targeted and sidelined by the IRS… Because it helped him as much as it help Obama later on…

Y314K on May 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

“Everybody knew about this investigation long before the election.”

If only there were some way that everyday Americans could get information about important happenings in the country. I dunno say by television broadcast or maybe radio or even if there were such things as news items on papers that could be delivered door to door or something. We could have knowledgeable people report on what is happening everywhere.

Too bad Romney didn’t invent those things. Then the President of the United States and his loyal subjects wouldn’t have to wait around in the dark and wonder what important things were going on around them.

Lily on May 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

While the IRS investigation was concluded about a year ago, the results were not presented to Congress until a few weeks ago.

bw222 on May 22, 2013 at 8:01 PM

Because Romney could barely raise his pulse enough to go after Obama on Benghazi.

portlandon on May 22, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Good grief, you’re such a dishonest anti-Mormon bigot. Romney went after Obama right away and the media ferociously closed ranks around Obama and attacked Romney for politicizing “a tragedy”. The story had no traction despite Romney’s efforts. The issue should have helped him but the majority wasn’t interested in pinning responsibility on Obama and Clinton, whose approval ratings were in the mid 60′s after the attack.

Basilsbest on May 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Am I the only person who’s never heard the phrase “lead-pipe cinch” before?

cynccook on May 22, 2013 at 7:28 PM

I’ve heard of it. Maybe it depends on where or when you were born.

INC on May 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

WI Gov. Walker Heads to Iowa

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is gearing up for re-election next year, his third race in four years. But the Republican’s courting of out-of-state donors and conservatives, his plans to visit Iowa this week and his refusal to say whether he would serve out another full term if elected suggest he might be seeking a much bigger prize _ the presidency….

Maybe we’ll see some real hope and some good changes.

INC on May 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Maybe we’ll see some real hope and some good changes.

INC on May 22, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Dream ticket… Walker/Cruz 2016

Y314K on May 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Maybe Romney would have looked into it if you would have delivered the info in a Binder.

Karen, thy name is Grasping.

can_con on May 22, 2013 at 8:18 PM

Everybody knew about this investigation long before the election.”

If only there were some way that everyday Americans could get information about important happenings in the country. I dunno say by television broadcast or maybe radio or even if there were such things as news items on papers that could be delivered door to door or something. We could have knowledgeable people report on what is happening everywhere.

Lily on May 22, 2013 at 7:59 PM

Indeed. For the umpteenth time the media wonders how the American public doesn’t ‘know’ about an investigation, or whatever.
Geez Karen. Look in the mirror. It’s called reporting.

egmont on May 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

MSNBC contributor wonders: Why didn’t Romney make a bigger deal about the IRS scandal last year?

Uh, because you guys wouldn’t have aired it.

Dream ticket… Walker/Cruz 2016

Y314K on May 22, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Yeah, sure.

Wait until Cruz gets hammered by the Lefties over his Natural Born status…he won’t get the same pass Obumbles did.

As for Walker and his particular version of Hope and Change:

Unfortunately, the U.S. Chamber, in a report released at the event, didn’t share Walker’s enthusiasm.

Its annual scorecard on state economies ranked Wisconsin 44th for overall economic performance and 50th — as in dead last — for short-term job growth as measured between September 2010 and November 2012. It also has Wisconsin 39th in “business climate” — on par with the state’s ranking under Gov. Jim Doyle.

And


Energy sales to the Milwaukee-based public utility company’s large commercial and industrial customers declined by about 3.9 percent in the first quarter compared with the first quarter of 2012. The main drivers were lower energy sales to the company’s largest customer category — iron ore mines in Michigan’s upper peninsula — and the impact of leap year in 2012, Klappa said.

Leap year? Really? Surprised Obama’s handlers didn’t think that one up to cover their own a$$es on sorry economic reports last year.

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 22, 2013 at 8:35 PM

Why make MSNBC out to be more “important” than what they deserve?

If rightwing pundits stop watching MSNBC to pick on them, the viewership will drop to 1/3rd of the current number.

Sir Napsalot on May 22, 2013 at 8:37 PM

Re/ MSNBC’s ratings collapse:

The scandals might be coincidental to them hiring the nerd at 7pm Chris Hayes who has disastrous ratings versus O’Reilly and from what I read is bringing down Rachel Maddow’s and Crazy Larry’s from what they had when Sgt. Shultz had that time slot.

Marcus on May 22, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Headline answer
No one has the balls.
Time somebody had a talk with a Paul, a Cruz, a Perry, and said, what are you waiting for?
Time somebody stood up.

seesalrun2 on May 22, 2013 at 8:58 PM

This is completely insane.

This woman should be heavily medicated and in an institution that isolates society from the consequences of her behavior/

Yet – her opium-tinged, fever-dream maundering is accepted as “normal” conversation.

williamg on May 22, 2013 at 9:00 PM

Is she suggesting that the Republicans deliberately chose not to politicize this issue during the 2012 campaign?

NorthernCross on May 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Romney has class – he wanted to make it about what he could do FOR the country instead of what Obama was doing TO the country.

easyt65 on May 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

The MSM have essentially been street whores for The Chosen One. MSNBC is an actual whorehouse.

GarandFan on May 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Basilsbest on May 22, 2013 at 8:05 PM

Romney didn’t go after Obama. He kept his mittens on and wouldn’t take his gloves off. No sarcasm.

Oh and I hate Romney because he is a Mormon. /sarc

SparkPlug on May 22, 2013 at 9:43 PM

Huh?

pat on May 22, 2013 at 9:55 PM

Karen & Pals…..bwahahahahahaha..

allow me to interrupt, to bring you a more intelligent analysis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_73NU6OlNuw

roflmmfao

donabernathy on May 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM

Dear MSNBC,

This is the type of shlock reporting you get when your talking heads are limited to reading headlines and can’t read type font smaller than 14 point.

The devil’s in the details, always has been, always will be.

Unless, of course, all you want to do is pander to the baser instincts of humanity . . .

EB

EdmundBurke247 on May 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM

Dear Ms. Finney,

Please go stand in front of a mirror and ask your question(s) again using only the first person and pronouns. Proper names not allowed.

HINT-It looks something like “I want to know why I didn’t make more of a deal about the IRS scandals since I knew . . .?

Only AFTER you have publicly answered that question can you even start to consider yourself a journalist.

Thanks,
EB

EdmundBurke247 on May 22, 2013 at 10:53 PM

I think this may have been a freudian slip. What she was really saying is hey whats the big deal we in the MSM have known about this stuff (but didnt report it ) for years.

neyney on May 23, 2013 at 12:07 AM

“Lying to get us into a war…” LIE! “outed Valerie Plame…” LIE. Yet the remainig Kool Aid slurping, MSNBC Kool Aid delusionistas will just look away. Let’s just get this over with…it was Bush’s fault. Time to Move On.

Kenz on May 23, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Well, Gosh, Obama didn’t even know about it until he saw it on the news last week.

Tom C on May 23, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Let’s see, why wouldn’t Mitt (that’s the House I’m running for the Senate) Romney do something Bold, rather than Safe?

Gosh, I don’t know… because he’s a Milquetoast Squish?

jaydee_007 on May 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM

MSNBC contributor wonders: Why didn’t Romney make a bigger deal about the IRS scandal last year?

The question answers itself. Had Romney made a bigger deal about the IRS scandal, the Main Stream Media would have pilloried him like they did when he mentioned Benghazi during the debates.

olesparkie on May 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

MSNBC contributor wonders: Why didn’t Romney make a bigger deal about the IRS scandal last year?

olesparkie on May 23, 2013 at 9:47 AM

The reason? I would only guess. I think Mitt had so many issues that bringing up everything in this hydra of a government would have engendered a chaotic campaign. Message focus, you know.

MSNBC? They are doing the old deflect the disaster and then defecate on the GOP dance. The media usually does this. One of my twelve suggested media reforms handles it.

In shorthand, two wrongs do make a right when you get desperate in politics — like in a family fight over wearing the other kid’s clothes.

IlikedAUH2O on May 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Is she suggesting that the Republicans deliberately chose not to politicize this issue during the 2012 campaign?

NorthernCross on May 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Yes. And idiot Mitt had his own issues. Yea, run for POTUS when you have off shore accounts, really a way to make taxpapers love you to death. Duh?

They would have been better off with a welfare cheat as candidate.
If he brought it up, POTUS laughs at him and then talks about the missing returns, the Cayman accounts, the tax sheltered deals, the…comedy gold!

The last thing any candidate wants.

IlikedAUH2O on May 23, 2013 at 10:18 AM

How about this: MSNBC might just PRETEND to care about covering their political masters behinds for one single solitary selfish second and ACT like they are REAL journalists and NEWS reporters…. go to one source the applications that are sitting in a humongous stack on government agencies desks, start with the FOIA files requests that are and have been ignored on all levels with this administration…. MOST TRANSPARENT ADMINISTRATION EVER (sarc)

Then meander over to the complaint files on the applications being sidelined or outright denied for the Non-Profits that uh, just happen to be considered to be Conservative or Tea-Party, Religious, Anti-Gay, Pro Gun, Pro-Life, pro-constitution, Pro-private sector or anything that doesn’t fall into the nice neat progressive Democrat party agenda….

Take a walk over to the pile of complaints filed on behalf of the dealerships that were shut down when GM was SAVED by the American Taxpayer (with skin in the game but no stock options or input required)the dealerships that were owned by Republicans or conservatives or any NON Democrat political party civilian were shut down EVEN IF the Republican dealership or non-Dem Dealership was in business longer, had more employees and was more profitable overall….. UNION BULLIES were presented on a gold platter their own COMPANY…. LOCK, STOCK and the Taxpayer over the barrel, we still don’t even know WHO actually is running that Company and WHY the Bankruptcy procedures were not allowed to go through which would have made sure stock holders/investors and venders got paid under the good faith contracts they had indicated.

Fast and Furious….HO-HUM you all could care less called us Stupid gun toting lunatics….

Obama….. any question asked about him or his policies… or well we were told NO QUESTIONS ALLOWED, NO INFORMATION OR RECORDS ALLOWED, birther’s, Bush….. just shut up.
GREEN Schemes galore…Millions and billions…slush fund to donors
Cash for clunkers……. slush fund.. to donors.
Housing crisis, bank bailouts…. sigh
Gulf coast BP oil spill…. days and days of NO RESPONSE and we still have a ban on offshore drilling in place right now!
Occupy Wall Street…. seriously…. Union, Democrat…. accomplished What again… OH and they GOT THEIR TAX EXEMPT STATUS APPROVED… FAST LANED AS A MATTER OF FACT
Benghazi….. Good Lord above, you would have had to have a brain tumor the size of Texas to NOT have known these incompetent morons were so busy partying and campaigning to give a rats butt about anything else. Obama himself stood on the UN floor and spewed his sick lies, almost giving the e-mail address for the low information voters to go to the video link of the stupidest video on the planet….
VOTER FRAUD AG suing states whose citizenry voter for Voter ID laws

This list doesn’t even come close to outing the incredible endless infractions and outright illegal activities of the President and ALL THOSE UNDER HIM…. including a happy willful media, not partial, not without an agenda but instead willing water boys carrying the buckets of lies and hiding the facts all so an ignorant voter base would re-elect an incompetent possibly the most deceitful and foolish President and his administration of new world order brown shirts.

How come Romney didn’t make a bigger deal out of this? The answer would be: YOU KNOW WHY….. History will not be kind to you and your fellow media whores and miscreants. You and your fellow operatives have destroyed any and all aspects of TRUTH.

ActinUpinTexas on May 23, 2013 at 11:54 AM

Low Information Pundit
“The ‘D’OH!!!‘ is strong in this one.”
PolAgnostic on May 22, 2013 at 7:36 PM
AND
“Everybody knew about this investigation long before the election.”
Why didn’t you report it then?
davidk on May 22, 2013 at 7:37 PM
BOOM!
kim roy on May 22, 2013 at 7:39 PM

Right there … the first two rounds for record and they’re both in the X-ring.

Missilengr on May 23, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Blame yourself… everyone who hates Romney.

We could have won but you elected Obama. No matter who you voted for or if you even voted. Your attacking of Romney elected Obama.

And it is your fault we have the IRS who is a police force censoring free speech.

You are still free to blame Romney. But for how long?

YOU did this to the rest of us.

petunia on May 23, 2013 at 2:06 PM

It’s amusing that Barry pretended he didn’t know Code Pinko Madea Benjamin.

Philly on May 23, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Matthews shows out.

In all fairness, of course.

Liam on May 23, 2013 at 9:54 PM