Guess how the press reacted to IRS’s commissioner’s implausible testimony

posted at 10:41 am on June 24, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Guess how the press reacting to IRS’s commissioner’s implausible testimony

At a marathon hearing on Monday night, congressional investigators grilled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen over the nature of the targeting scandal and the agency’s recent revelations that it lost two years’ worth of email communications from former executive Lois Lerner.

The hearing was contentious with Republicans accusing Koskinen of charges ranging from ignorance of the law to the active misleading of Congress. Democrats, meanwhile, played defense by shielding the agency and the White House from criticism while accusing their GOP colleagues of playing politics.

The hearing was a significant event in the course of the investigation into the IRS’s alleged targeting of conservative groups. Today, U.S. Archivist David Ferriero and White House attorney Jennifer O’Connor, a former IRS counselor to the commissioner, will testify before the congressional investigators. The revelations regarding what could most charitably be described as the tax collection agency’s incompetence (malfeasance, at worst) keeps coming.

So how did the nation’s most visible media outlets react to the latest news out of the IRS?

Let’s check out the Paper of Record as of 9 a.m. ET:

NYT

Above what is the web equivalent of “the fold,” The New York Times printed nothing about the IRS commissioner’s testimony. The story barely registered on the site’s U.S. news section. It was the Times’ politics section where it was determined the IRS story should lead.

That is striking because, in one post on the Times site billed as a Q&A style explainer for the IRS scandal, many questions are asked and admittedly not satisfactorily answered. The content of the Times betrays the apolitical nature of this scandal, even if The Grey Lady’s editors hope to convey the political nature of the investigation to their readers.

Well, maybe it was just the website. Let’s check the print version of the Times:

NY_NYT

Nope.

What about this morning’s Washington Post? Surely news consumers in the nation’s capital would not stand to see this story buried:

WaPo

There it is! Above “the fold” even. Oh, no. That’s not a report, it is an op-ed by the conservative editorialist Michael Gerson. Again, the impression being conveyed is clear: the IRS scandal is a political event and not a general interest news story.

In the Post‘s limited coverage of last night’s testimony is one article which focuses on Koskinen’s claim that the White House was not informed of the missing emails. The majority of the article, however, was a roundup of Republicans spouting off indignantly about the IRS commissioner’s flippancy.

Even The Wall Street Journal, a paper with a large circulation and a relatively conservative editorial board, neglected to update their readers on the IRS scandal and last night’s hearings. Two perfunctory posts on Koskinen’s testimony and today’s scheduled hearings were buried in the Journal’s Capital Journal section, the equivalent of the paper’s politics page.

WSJ

The network newscasts, which uttered not a single word about the scandal on Monday evening, are playing catchup on Tuesday. While ABC’s Good Morning America broadcast only a one-sentence summary of last night’s events, CBS’s This Morning broadcast a detailed recap of the night’s hearings, Republicans’ concerns about the IRS’s conduct, and Democrats’ defense of the IRS and the White House.

NBC’s Today broadcast a similarly detailed package in which reporter Peter Alexander reported on the expanding scale of the allegations about the IRS’s misconduct, but focused extensively on the partisan nature of the investigation.

While the press still seems inclined to dismiss the IRS scandal, those who opine on politics for a living have a different take.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the hosts had a difficult time explaining away the apparent misconduct of the IRS based on Koskinen’s testimony. In a revelatory moment, the crew turned to MSNBC host Alex Wagner to absolve the IRS of blame. Her attempt at exculpation was not particularly compelling.

“It’s a gross, big bureaucracy,” Wagner said of the IRS. “They’re using really old machines.”

She added that, unlike server-based public email, the IRS keeps their electronic mail records on tape. “And then that tape is destroyed every 60 days, because the IRS is like 1960s Soviet-style bureaucracy,” Wagner opined.

Accepting Wagner’s premise, the rest of the group then wondered why Americans should empower this tax collection agency with more power like what was done after the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Finally, former McCain campaign veteran Steve Schmidt suggested that partisan Democrats efforts to pardon the IRS for its behavior have the potential to backfire on them if more damning revelations about the tax collection agency’s conduct are uncovered.

Sure, the IRS scandal has the potential to backfire on dismissive Democrats in the same way all matter has potential energy. Not everything reaches a kinetic stage, however, and the forces that could focus the nation’s attention on the scandal are determined to treat it as yet another partisan exercise by Republicans.

Given the outstanding questions surrounding this controversy, the gravity of the charges, and the disinterest of the press, the IRS’s defenders better hope nothing more egregious is uncovered. If there are more revelations to come, many more than just the bureaucrats at the IRS will have been complicit.


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The press is the enemy. And so many people watch the 3 main Networks. It’s a little depressing.

Oil Can on June 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I don’t have to guess. If we win back the senate and keep the house we’re going to have a lot of work to do. If we don’t I don’t see a way out.

Shay on June 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM

The administration told them it was conspiracy theory. Case closed.

rogerb on June 24, 2014 at 10:46 AM

A few hard drives were lost, all from the same year, all from people directly connected with criminal actions; I fail to see anything concerning here.

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 10:48 AM

the IRS’s defenders better hope nothing more egregious is uncovered.

How much more egregious can it get than destroying subpoenaed evidence, lying to Congress, and then defiantly claiming, when caught red-handed, that you’ve done nothing wrong?

notropis on June 24, 2014 at 10:49 AM

She added that, unlike server-based public email, the IRS keeps their electronic mail records on tape.

… and the steer manure keeps flowing …. Sonasoft

corona79 on June 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM

How can the press talk about it? There’s no logical explanation for what the IRS is claiming other than they’re lying and covering up what happened. So better to just pretend it’s not a story.

Doughboy on June 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM

If there are more revelations to come, many more than just the bureaucrats at the IRS will have been complicit.

Elijah Cummings is shittin’ his pants over this. He’ll do everything in his power to squelch a special investigator and kill this investigation.

BacaDog on June 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Forget it, Jake Noah. It’s Chinatown.

Mr. D on June 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM

This will go nowhere because Boehner and McConnell were involved and they do not want their involvement becoming known.

oscarwilde on June 24, 2014 at 10:51 AM

The revelations regarding what could most charitably be described as the tax collection agency’s incompetence (malfeasance, at worst) keeps coming.

Anyone who thinks it mere incompetence is delusional. Which admittedly describes a large portion of our population. And while malfeasance is technically correct, it’s kind of a sterile word. They are doing no less than fundamentally transforming our nation, as Obama desires, into a fascist bureaucracy. It’ll still take a while, but nobody’s stopping them, certainly not our republican politicians.

Fenris on June 24, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Tax holiday for all until they cough up the emails?

talkingpoints on June 24, 2014 at 10:53 AM

And so many people watch the 3 main Networks.

Where everything is soooo awesomely cool in La-La Land, with a 95% chance of global warming. And did all you ladies see Hillary Clinton’s great new manicure?

Steve Z on June 24, 2014 at 10:54 AM

“It’s a gross, big bureaucracy,” Wagner said of the IRS. “They’re using really old machines.”

Does anyone know what kind of “OLD MACHINE” Lois Lerner and the other e-mail done gone IRS employees had destroyed when their hard drives crashed??

drivingtheview on June 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Elijah Cummings is shittin’ his pants over this. He’ll do everything in his power to squelch a special investigator and kill this investigation.

BacaDog on June 24, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Cummings craps his Depends every day just because he does, the fool is the end result of a representative republic forgetting how to choose competent people for its government. He isn’t what the Founders had in mind, in fact Cummings is the antithesis of what the Founders were hoping for long-term.

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM

So, it’s on page 5 of a 7 page report that they were really, REALLY hoping no one would actually read.

UnderstandingisPower on June 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM

“It’s a gross, big bureaucracy,” Wagner said of the IRS. “They’re using really old machines

So those “old” machines caused them to single out Conservative groups and go after them with the FBI?

sandee on June 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM

CBS’s This Morning broadcast a detailed recap of the night’s hearings, Republicans’ concerns about the IRS’s conduct, and Democrats’ defense of the IRS and the White House.

Except,
CBS News website had the following headline:

IRS chief says no obstruction of Congress in targeting probe

Interesting given all the fireworks that they choose that headline.

If someone who actually watched the hearings was choosing a headline, the one the actually went with would have been #139 on the list.

airupthere on June 24, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Guess how the press reacting to IRS’s commissioner’s implausible testimony

…the politburo press…is his toilet paper!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

…”congressional investigators grilled IRS Commissioner John Koskinen”…

To what end???…

They investigate and do what???…

Does anybody ever go to jail???…

Does anybody ever get fired and lose a pension???…

PatriotRider on June 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

You just have to wonder; what *will* it take for the citizens of this country to raze Washington DC?

Midas on June 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

She added that, unlike server-based public email, the IRS keeps their electronic mail records on tape. “And then that tape is destroyed every 60 days, because the IRS is like 1960s Soviet-style bureaucracy,” Wagner opined.

A Soviet-style bureaucracy in more ways than one – with a Soviet-style media covering it. We’ve completely lost this country if the government’s most powerful agency can be used against average citizens, who are doing nothing more than exercising their First Amendment rights. A sad day.

TarheelBen on June 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM

What other reaction could one expect from this enormous gaggle of left wing “C” average journalist majors? The “mainstream” media has been, is, and always will be the official propaganda machine of the left.

rplat on June 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM

This will go nowhere because Boehner and McConnell were involved and they do not want their involvement becoming known.

oscarwilde on June 24, 2014 at 10:51 AM

I’ve gone down that road too, just as IBD opined a few days ago. The GOP is invested in shutting down the same groups that were targeted by the IRS because the gravy train has been threatened, and NO ONE threatens the gravy train.

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM

To what end???…

They investigate and do what???…

Does anybody ever go to jail???…

Does anybody ever get fired and lose a pension???…

PatriotRider on June 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

No.

All of this blatant criminal activity will go unpunished.

Republicans are in on it.

tetriskid on June 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Cummings is just worried that the conversation will turn to his personal involvement in the IRS witch hunt…..

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Soviet-style bureaucracy,

It’s redundant, but worth repeating every day.

faraway on June 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM

The media – and ever lefty commenter here – are throne sniffers.

They want a powerful government that’s corrupt and unaccountable.

gwelf on June 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

oscarwilde on June 24, 2014 at 10:51 AM

I’ve gone down that road too, just as IBD opined a few days ago. The GOP is invested in shutting down the same groups that were targeted by the IRS because the gravy train has been threatened, and NO ONE threatens the gravy train.

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM

It is the only logical or reasonable conclusion that it is possible to draw given the evidence and actions taken thus far.

oscarwilde on June 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Who is this Horsford nut?

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 11:04 AM

The bias in the press is not mainly that they tell you want to think. The bias is that they tell you what to think about.

Or not think about in this case.

SteveMG on June 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Someone name a past Domestic Scandal more serious than this. Watergate wasn’t even close and study how that outcome happened.
I think this not only goes to the administration, it connects directly to the DNC. It is Watergate x 10. Considering Boehner’s (non) interest in this, and his past performance, I can only say, must be some pretty incriminating photos…..
If we had enough true Patriots in the GOP, the House and the Senate would be at 100% investigative mode, Harry Reid be damned.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I would trade our press for that of North Korea. At least then everyone on both sides of the medium know it’s propaganda. The phony pretenses of objectivity are what is so damaging to our political process. The media knows this and they exploit it to the hilt.

crrr6 on June 24, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Who cares whether the State-Run media covers it or not?

Seriously, if you (and by “you” I mean HA and the rest) haven’t caught on yet, that the State-Run, lapdog media is 150% in the tank for Talibama and the Dims, you are beyond help.

We all know this already. Whining about it does no good whatsoever.

No one, except the OBots, trusts a damn thing the State-Run media says anymore. So just move on. Stop giving them free publicity and IGNORE them.

All old media should be cut off entirely. Pols, if they want a statement from you they can take out of context and spin 180 degrees, tell them get bent.

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM

We all know this already. Whining about it does no good whatsoever.

No one, except the OBots, trusts a damn thing the State-Run media says anymore. So just move on. Stop giving them free publicity and IGNORE them.

All old media should be cut off entirely. Pols, if they want a statement from you they can take out of context and spin 180 degrees, tell them get bent.

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:06 AM

How did we get to the point of distrusting the media if not for pointing out why we should distrust the media?

Respectfully, I disagree with your point wholeheartedly.

airupthere on June 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Even the WSJ has it on A4.

I hope they all go to Nixon hell.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2014 at 11:11 AM

It is the only logical or reasonable conclusion that it is possible to draw given the evidence and actions taken thus far.

oscarwilde on June 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

What gave you that idea, the lifer GOP’ers hammering every TP candidate in sight, or their sidling toward amnesty as if it’s not even worth arguing about anymore.

The show trial will continue and nothing will happen when its over, that’s why Orc Boy is smiling like the demented little apparatchik that he is.

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 11:13 AM

How did we get to the point of distrusting the media if not for pointing out why we should distrust the media?

Respectfully, I disagree with your point wholeheartedly.

airupthere on June 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

I got to the point of distrusting the state-run media when they completely abandoned any and all objectivity and decided they wanted to actively influence the public in order to get THEIR GUY elected.

They have been covering up for the him and his Regime ever since.

If you don’t get that by this point, there isn’t anything I can do for you.

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:14 AM

My point is when you shut down the House and Senate and go to Def Con 1 ( or 5, I can never keep them straight), the press will have to come to the party albeit kicking and screaming. Where is our Woodward and Bernstein, there’s alot of money and fame to be made here.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

The fourth estate is little more than a fifth column enabling the progressive-fascist takeover of the American government.

They no longer report ‘news’, but instead distill and disseminate little more than propaganda primarily intended for the overwhelming numbers of LIV that really, from the ratings and subscription data, could care less. The IRS hasn’t abused them. The VA hasn’t abused them or contributed to the death of one of theirs. Obamacare hasn’t impacted their health insurance, yet.

Under Reagan, it was understood that the scariest sentence that could be uttered was – ‘We’re from the government, and we’re here to help’.

Under Obama and the mendacious, feckless, biased press, they’ve attempted to make that sentence the entire focus for ‘hope and change’…with disastrous results that should prove Reagan was right. Instead, ignorance and apathy lead the way and we fall further under the boot of a fascist regime.

Athos on June 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

It is the only logical or reasonable conclusion that it is possible to draw given the evidence and actions taken thus far.

oscarwilde on June 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

What gave you that idea, the lifer GOP’ers hammering every TP candidate in sight, or their sidling toward amnesty as if it’s not even worth arguing about anymore.

The show trial will continue and nothing will happen when its over, that’s why Orc Boy is smiling like the demented little apparatchik that he is.

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Exactly what I am thinking, this might be the most pure and genuine example of a Potemkin Show trial ever held in the United States of America.

oscarwilde on June 24, 2014 at 11:20 AM

“It’s a gross, big bureaucracy,” Wagner said of the IRS. “They’re using really old machines.”

She added that, unlike server-based public email, the IRS keeps their electronic mail records on tape. “And then that tape is destroyed every 60 days, because the IRS is like 1960s Soviet-style bureaucracy,” Wagner opined.

HAHAHHAHHAHAHHAHHAHHHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, now here’s a well informed quote. Does anyone actually
believe this in 2014?? If you do, you should not be allowed on the
Internet…it’s harmful you know….

The abject lying that comes out of Governemnt officials, then
by extension, members of our Esteemed Media is breathtaking.

“Wagner opined”. Yeah, suuuuuuure she did, in between playing with
her fingers still learning to count to 5….

Any person with a modicum of intellect knows these people
running these government agencies are lying Sh*tbags, and the
media oral fellatio varsity are just azzholes…how many
people tuned into Morning Jack*ff Joe??

Take a look at the Favorablity of our Media….then take a look
at the favorabilty of our government….these people can
keep playing with themselves, and patting each other on the
back….it no longer works….

ToddPA on June 24, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Someone also needs to watch the back door, knowing how some think “never let a crisis go to waste”. With Boehner’s mind set, we could wake up after this current distraction (which I think is 100% legit) and find our selves with 20 million new Democrats…..

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Deniers!

Tard on June 24, 2014 at 11:22 AM

My point is when you shut down the House and Senate and go to Def Con 1 ( or 5, I can never keep them straight), the press will have to come to the party albeit kicking and screaming. Where is our Woodward and Bernstein, there’s alot of money and fame to be made here.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:16 AM

If you’re waiting for some “Woodward and Bernstein” from the State-Run media to miraculously show up, you’re wasting your time. They are completely in the tank for the Regime and have been since day one.

The State-Run media is comprised of 85% Registered Dims (not squishy Dims either, true believers), and 13% that think the Dim party is too Conservative for them.

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM

When Dear Leader was made aware that the evidence had been “taken care of”, he changed his tune on the IRS scandal to “not a smidgen”……………

d1carter on June 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM

The late evening end to the hearing might allow one to argue that they just couldn’t get a good news report into print before the deadline.

But the dearth of online and broadcast coverage blows that alibi.

Perhaps this story doesn’t warrant above-the-fold coverage in Section A. But it does warrant coverage and no, it shouldn’t be buried in a location that relatively few readers get to before it’s time to finish the coffee and get to work.

Conservative Mischief on June 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Kabuki and a few early retirements. I’ve been saying it for a few years now. Absolutely nothing will come of this or any other scandal. NOTHING!!

dddave on June 24, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Just to round out the %, the remaining 3% are GOPe, establishment, Progressive (R)’s that routinely bash Conservatives so they can stay on the cocktail party invite list.

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM

“It’s a gross, big bureaucracy.”

Hmmm, sounds like a good reason to me to start downsizing government.

Bitter Clinger on June 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

“Guessing” won’t be necessary.

listens2glenn on June 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Not talking State Run Media, not all “Journalists” are Liberal. There are about 10% that believe in God, the Constitution, and Common Sense…

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

The GOP is invested in shutting down the same groups that were targeted by the IRS because the gravy train has been threatened, and NO ONE threatens the gravy train.

Bishop on June 24, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Too true. Remember how the establishment surrender weasels caved on the budget battles when it looked like Ted Cruz was beginning to mess with their power base? Boehner couldn’t get to a mic fast enough to give the “live to fight another day” and “not the hill to die on” speech.

I just saw MSDNC’s reporting on today’s hearings. They’ve concluded it is all a partisan witch hunt and there isn’t a smidgen of proof that the IRS intentionally dumped incriminating e-mails. Nevermind Lerner’s drive went bad just a couple weeks after Congress started investigating, the missing e-mails happen to be from the most critical time if there were collusion, or the chick who was IRS counsel at the time made multiple trips to the White House and is now working there……… We can trust the IRS, right?

Happy Nomad on June 24, 2014 at 11:28 AM

What is this compulsion to mention some Republican in Cincinnati as a way to bipartisan this nightmare?

John Shafer had zero to do with what went on in DC. He agreed to flag one case because it lacked detail.

He didn’t say call the Feds or the White House. He didn’t say lock these orgs down.

It’s really amazing to read how desperate proggies are to kill this, but it’s just as bad when Scarby and company play along with the ruse to make lefties feel comforted.

Someone on HA – who gets paid for this – needs to back-break the John Shafer alibi. Enough with this “fig leaf” bullshite.

budfox on June 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Not talking State Run Media, not all “Journalists” are Liberal. There are about 10% that believe in God, the Constitution, and Common Sense…

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:26 AM

That may be, but those “Journalists” and I don’t think they are anywhere near 10%, are hiding in the closet and have been the last 6+ years. They know if they come out and call it like it is, the rest of the State-Run media will ruin their lives and black ball them entirely.

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

The Chicago Tribune is ignoring the IRS scandal. A June 22, 2014, lead editorial deals with the non-appointment of a special prosecutor.

More smoke at the IRS — and not only from the hard drives

This 13-month refusal to name a special prosecutor has become its own curiosity

polarglen on June 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Someone on HA – who gets paid for this – needs to back-break the John Shafer alibi. Enough with this “fig leaf” bullshite.

budfox on June 24, 2014 at 11:29 AM

ROTFLMAO…. Yea right, as if…

oscarwilde on June 24, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Example about what I wrote. This morning the NBC local Affiliate led with the IRS hearing (not to biased either), and then went right to the new testimony out from the Whistleblower regarding the VA. Would note the local channel but their phone would start ringing pretty quickly. I live in a very Liberal City.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Note to self: when the war begins, the media are to be removed along with the politicians.

Midas on June 24, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Judy Woodruff assured us all on some Sunday program that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is a wonderful, honest man. She’s known him 30 years, not as a journalist but as an acquaintance. 30 years. Really honest guy. Wonderful.

And she calls herself a professional journalist??

PattyJ on June 24, 2014 at 11:38 AM

The Wall Street Journal news division is almost as lefty as the NY Times…the idea that they are conservative has really no basis in fact anywhere. The Editorial folks are Center-Right at best…with a healthy does of crony capitalism and statist views.

georgealbert on June 24, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Initally, they did exactly what Hot Air did; ignore it.

Amjean on June 24, 2014 at 11:40 AM

That may be, but those “Journalists” and I don’t think they are anywhere near 10%, are hiding in the closet and have been the last 6+ years. They know if they come out and call it like it is, the rest of the State-Run media will ruin their lives and black ball them entirely.

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:32 AM

If that is truly the case, with this level of corruption, we are screwed as a Nation, seriously.
This formula will be used over and over and over. I guess I could craw out of the foxhole and craw
to a warmer climate for the rest of my life, but my Father fought for this Country and I need to follow his example.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

The MSM is more concerned about covering Barack’s ass then ‘shining a spotlight on government malfeasance’.

GarandFan on June 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Example about what I wrote. This morning the NBC local Affiliate led with the IRS hearing (not to biased either), and then went right to the new testimony out from the Whistleblower regarding the VA. Would note the local channel but their phone would start ringing pretty quickly. I live in a very Liberal City.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Well, if you have the patience to watch them, more power to you.

MSLSD, CNN etc. are all blocked in my house (gotta love parental controls, and I don’t even have kids). The old channels, abc, nbc and cbs are still there only for sports or they’d be gone too.

I’ll never buy or read another paper, ever. So yeah, I pretty much boycotted the State-Run media a long time ago.

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Craw=Crawl x 2. I’ll blame it on the Pad, seems to be easier than accept responsibility.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Judy Woodruff assured us all on some Sunday program that IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is a wonderful, honest man. She’s known him 30 years, not as a journalist but as an acquaintance. 30 years. Really honest guy. Wonderful.

And she calls herself a professional journalist??

PattyJ on June 24, 2014 at 11:38 AM

One of the biggest all time media hacks. I watched her on
one of the networks during the Bush Kerry race. She was downright
nasty when the name Cheney came up. She can rot in Hell.

ToddPA on June 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Trey Gowdy took the IRS guy apart in less than 5 minutes time.

matthew8787 on June 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM

If that is truly the case, with this level of corruption, we are screwed as a Nation, seriously.
This formula will be used over and over and over. I guess I could craw out of the foxhole and craw
to a warmer climate for the rest of my life, but my Father fought for this Country and I need to follow his example.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Well, I commend you. I’m not giving up the fight, not at all. I’m just not listening to media who are actively working to cover up for this Regime.

I wish I was wrong about the media, but I just don’t think I am. And yes, it’s sad. If they were a real “press”, Obama and his Regime wouldn’t have been able to get away with half of what they have to this point.

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Craw=Crawl x 2. I’ll blame it on the Pad, seems to be easier than accept responsibility.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:43 AM

LOL, all good. I knew what you meant. :)

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Know your enemies, keeps me motivated. I only watch 30 minutes of news in the morning with coffee. Rush, Drudge, Blaze, Levin, H.A., the rest of the day. Canceled the newspaper two years ago. Speaking of, it’s almost 12:00 eastern here, (actually 9 pst here). Time for work, and Rush. Make it a good day.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Ahhhh our six local National Guard Fly Boys just left in their F’s, right over the top of me. What a thing to wake up too! Love the sound of Afterburners in the morning.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:53 AM

The press is the propaganda arm of the socialist state. That much is obvious. But Obama also gets a special affirmative Action discount in that nothing he does wrong and no scandal which, under his stewardship, is his personal responsibility (including the IRS scandal) ever gets reported or, if reported, is spinned and twisted into complete distortions. Hence any legitimate inquiry becomes a “witch hunt” or, if the scandal so ludicrous, obvious and outrageous– that not even their own ox-stupid sycophants can believe it, it goes unreported–as in this case.

MaiDee on June 24, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Ahhhh our six local National Guard Fly Boys just left in their F’s, right over the top of me. What a thing to wake up too! Love the sound of Afterburners in the morning.

Whiterock on June 24, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I live a half a mile or so from an AFB also, absolutely LOVE watching the fighters take off and land. I never get tired of that.

Meople on June 24, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is something that can be easily resolved with a little piano wire.

bbinfl on June 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Why can’t we just get the emails from the NSA? They’re violating all of us anyhow they may as well be of some use.

magicbeans on June 24, 2014 at 12:01 PM

I’ve stopped bothering calling them the Mainstream News Media. Since they are overwhelmingly Democrat and “report” like it, I now call them #DemocratNewsMedia.

WannabeAnglican on June 24, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Anyone who has not read ’1984′ (or hasn’t read it lately) should read it now. The press’ function, in a socialist state, is not only to lie but to change, distort or even obliterate history. The main character in Orwell’s book, Winston, worked for the government Ministry of Truth whose job it was to recreate history, changing defeats (military and economic) into victories and numerous ‘persona non grata’ “heretics” into people who officially never existed. Whereas papers such as the ‘NY Times’ are technically separate from the government, they effectively act as its propaganda arm and become Obama’s Ministry of Truth.

MaiDee on June 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Steve Schmidt-for-brains, LOL!

Jayrae on June 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Given the outstanding questions surrounding this controversy, the gravity of the charges, and the disinterest of the press, the IRS’s defenders better hope nothing more egregious is uncovered. If there are more revelations to come, many more than just the bureaucrats at the IRS will have been complicit.

Yes, because… the current evidence just isn’t enough, right? Including the weird coincidence that the former Obama election team is now hard at work supporting Ro Khanna.

http://libertyunyielding.com/2014/06/22/board-sonasoft-irs-email-contractor-working-get-silicon-valleys-wannabe-obama-elected/

Maybe the Washington Free Beacon should do a story on this that would, through jealously and frustration, goad the MSM into covering this IRS non-story a bit more?

ROCnPhilly on June 24, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I am trying to remember a time in USA history where the media was such lap dogs of the gov’t. I don’t think there was a time till the present. Its scandalous that the media isn’t the watch dog of the government but merely its propaganda piece.

garydt on June 24, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I love the image of Democrats like Cummings apologizing to the IRS guy. What a lovely commercial to run this fall.

The IRS was found to target people based on their political beliefs. Your elected official – the guy who’s salary YOU pay – apologized to

The IRS

Is he on your side, or against you and for his government?

kurtzz3 on June 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

Of course, the exact opposite would be happening if there was an R President in the White House.

cat_owner on June 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM

A fairy tale…

Athos on June 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Again, here’s the simple math. According to Koskinen, roughly 2000 hard disk crashes occur annually, out of a workforce of some 90,000. Leaving aside for the moment the incompetence necessary to accept such an enormous failure rate while handing out bonuses, there are 7 people relevant to the discussion who claim this occurred. Each person’s chance of being so victimized is 2 out of 90, or roughly 2%, i.e. 0.02. The chance of this happening to all 7 of these folks is 0.02×0.02×0.02×0.02×0.02×0.02×0.02, which is 128×10-14, or roughly 1 in a trillion. Not one in a thousand, a million, or even a billion. Color me skeptical.

pehrsson on June 24, 2014 at 1:16 PM

..hey, fellow old guys! Remember the third rate burglary that Nixon tried to cover up. Remember Butterfield and the Nixon tapes revelation? Remember the hearings? Remember that nutless squish, John Dean? Remember the media and all of your lib friends hyperventilating about how oppressive that executive branch was?

When the shoe is on the other foot, it’s crickets.

I hate them all!

The War Planner on June 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

Even The Wall Street Journal, a paper with a large circulation and a relatively conservative editorial board, neglected to update their readers on the IRS scandal and last night’s hearings.

While the opinion pages of the Wall Street Journal might be conservative, their news pages are not, and it is why I dropped my subscription 10 years ago. If you want consistent conservative news and opinion, subscribe to Investors’ Business Daily where the great political cartoonist Michael Ramirez resides.

earlgrey on June 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Editing my previous post — the Chicago Tribune is NOT ignoring the IRS Scandal.

Sorry, I goofed.

The Chicago Tribune is ignoring the IRS scandal. A June 22, 2014, lead editorial deals with the non-appointment of a special prosecutor.

More smoke at the IRS — and not only from the hard drives

This 13-month refusal to name a special prosecutor has become its own curiosity

polarglen on June 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM

polarglen on June 24, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Sure, the IRS scandal has the potential to backfire on dismissive Democrats in the same way all matter has potential energy.

Ever seen what happens when a few grams of antimatter escapes the magnetic field that encapsulates it?

I don’t really care to, but I think the Democrats are about to bear witness.

Turtle317 on June 24, 2014 at 2:43 PM

This reminds me of the grand jury scene from “On the Waterfront” when the union thug was in the witness box. The prosecutor asked to see their financial records. The union thug responded, “we had a fire last night.”

Bevan on June 24, 2014 at 3:08 PM

It looks like the New York Times has given its readers plenty of information about this scandal, at least compared to what the Los Angeles Times has given their readers. Aside from a Jonah Goldberg piece on the op-ed pages, there has been nothing, based on searching for “Koskinen”, “Lerner”, and “IRS”. No mention of any hearings, no mention of Lerner’s hard-drive crash or of the IRS reporting to Congress that the e-mails could not be recovered–nada. Well, except for a couple little things: a story about the governor’s race that included a quote from the Republican candidate about the hearings, in the middle of the story, but nothing else. And a crack from David Horsey calling the IRS “controversy” (his quotes)

a bogus scandal that has seized the attention of almost no one outside the paranoid hothouse of right-wing radio

Totally appalling.

ajb3 on June 24, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Are there any conservative millionaires or billionaires out there who want to fund the Breitbart School of Journalism at some major university?

It’s time.

Fallon on June 24, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Might be a tad unfair here. Need to keep in mind when the papers go to press and when this news occurred. The WJ prints 4 additions with the first coming off the presses at 8:00 pm and the last at 11:00 PM. The Washington Post, New York Times and USA Today start printing about 11:00 PM. The only local is the Washington Times at about 1:00 AM. Give a modest 2-3 hrs to get the news, write the article and mock up the paper and what happens is you don’t get much news that happened after 6:00 PM. In 30 years in the trucking end of this business I only saw “STOP THE PRESSES” once and that was with the Washington Times and the first Iraq War. They were also the only paper to cover that.

jpcpt03 on June 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM