NY Times investigation reveals NY Times did fine on IRS coverage

posted at 7:01 pm on June 28, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

Has the Gray Lady’s coverage of the ongoing, escalating IRS scandal been a bit tepid? Apparently enough people thought so – and wrote in to the newspaper – that the public editor, Margaret Sullivan, felt compelled to take the pages of her journal and apologize. Oh… who am I kidding? They weren’t going to apologize at all. But she at least noted that folks had been unhappy. (Emphasis mine.)

Has The Times been interested enough in the politically charged events involving the Internal Revenue Service?

Many readers don’t think so. One, Harry Koenig of Monroe Township, New Jersey, wrote to me this week with strong words of criticism.

Noting that he had emailed earlier complaining about a lack of coverage of I.R.S. official Lois Lerner’s missing emails, a situation that has caused accusations of a Watergate-style political cover-up, he wrote again to complain that the coverage, once it began, was inadequate

(Try to remember the highlighted phrase above. We’ll come back to it.)

Harry was polite enough, I suppose. His last letter is included in full. But I’m guessing he wasn’t exactly thrilled with the response he received. (With a snippet more emphasis from yours truly.)

The Times was somewhat late in beginning to cover the latest development about the lost emails. My office had begun to field several days’ worth of reader protests on the lack of attention when the first story finally went online. Despite that slow start and the quiet display of the subsequent stories (an analytical piece might have been a good choice for the front page), The Times has given its readers insightful coverage of a situation heavily clouded by partisan politics.

So they were “slow” to begin covering new developments as they came. And when they did provide coverage, it never seemed to make the front page. (Page 19 was the latest offering.) But hey… that’s okay. And the reason for it being okay is found in the highlighted portions of the post above.

You don’t have to read very far between the lines to get the translation. And it goes something like this:

This isn’t a story. This is a made-up, non-scandal dreamed up by Republicans to embarrass the administration. But because we are so dedicated to serving the interests and needs of our few remaining subscribers, (not to mention providing a flimsy, back-door excuse when this keeps coming up) we’ll go ahead and publish a few things. But, being such a non-story and all, we just won’t run it on the front page where everyone would notice it. (Also not to mention that it would tick off all of the liberals who keep us afloat.) And we’ll continue to describe it with code words like partisan politics so you’ll remember that this isn’t really a story.

Side note to Margaret Sullivan: If you wish to just go ahead and use the above paragraph for your next public editor journal entry on this subject, be my guest. No charge.


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John Edwards approved of their coverage of him as well.

Flange on June 28, 2014 at 7:05 PM

1) The IRS intimidation was driven by the Obama administration.
 
2) The IRS has developed internally to the point where heavily biased intimidation against conservative political groups occurred without guidance.
 
There are no other choices.
 
Which one was it, (D)s? Tell us.

rogerb on June 28, 2014 at 7:13 PM

This just in, the VA has determined that nothing is going on in the VA.

sadatoni on June 28, 2014 at 7:20 PM

The only reason they were “slow” in reporting, is that they were hoping it would die quickly. It was obviously a conscious ignorance.

Mimzey on June 28, 2014 at 7:21 PM

At least they’ve got their priorities straight (far more outraged over the treatment of terrorists than that of U.S. citizens): the NYT ran 32 straight days of front-page articles on Abu Ghraib between April 29 and June 1 during 2004 …

ShainS on June 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Jazz, I really hope Allah gives you a raise for your uncanny ability to dredge up a story from a non-story

bravo sir

nonpartisan on June 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Front page on the NYT: Obama’s poll numbers the best of his presidency. Democrats expect to take the House in November.

HiJack on June 28, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Clowns.

VorDaj on June 28, 2014 at 7:37 PM

And not a smidgeon of corruption, either.

formwiz on June 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM

nonpartisan on June 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

I knew something was up; the “F*CKING IDIOT* alarm on my desk just jumped into the air, ringing like a air-raid bell at DEFCON 5.

Midas on June 28, 2014 at 7:40 PM

If the Times and other papers were more balanced in their coverage more people would read them. They are driving off half of their potential readership. If McDonald’s said they would only sell hamburgers and not cheeseburgers they wouldn’t be in business long.

crankyoldlady on June 28, 2014 at 7:41 PM

They didn’t cover it because it was a partisan scandal. Huh… What scandal is not partisan?

Because if Bush’s IRS was targeting Lib groups and then a Repub partisan hack at center of the targeting pleaded the 5th, destroyed her hard drive and deleted 2 years worth of emails – the Dems would not act “partisan.” LOL!

Do these people actually believe the spin they write?

kevinkristy on June 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Well that’s a relief!

/

Laura Castellano on June 28, 2014 at 7:44 PM

The American Nazi Party “investigated” the claims of the Holocaust and found that they were not true.

Back to you, NYT.

GarandFan on June 28, 2014 at 7:49 PM

News flash; NYT staffers admitted to ER in large numbers due to broken arms caused by excessive patting themselves on backs.

Film at eleven.

clear ether

eon

eon on June 28, 2014 at 7:50 PM

the politically charged events

A president ordering the IRS to persecute those on his Enemies List is definitely “politically charged”.

Objecting to it and investigating it is not.

forest on June 28, 2014 at 7:51 PM

The IRS scandal is only partisan in the sense that only the dems are refusing to acknowledge the reality of the IRS going after conservatives. Other than that it is a valid investigation according to 76% of the public.

Ta111 on June 28, 2014 at 7:55 PM

1) The IRS intimidation was driven by the Obama administration.

2) The IRS has developed internally to the point where heavily biased intimidation against conservative political groups occurred without guidance.

There are no other choices.

Which one was it, (D)s? Tell us.

rogerb on June 28, 2014 at 7:13 PM

Abolish Public Sector Unions.

Why do our employees need protection from the people who pay their salaries?

Abolish the Public Sector Unions and the Dems will be crushed.

Key West Reader on June 28, 2014 at 8:01 PM

The Times has given its readers insightful scant coverage of a situation we heavily clouded by with partisan politics.

FIFY

squint on June 28, 2014 at 8:12 PM

High quality snark, Jazz.

rbj on June 28, 2014 at 8:21 PM

This just in, the VA has determined that nothing is going on in the VA.

sadatoni on June 28, 2014 at 7:20 PM

I’m pretty sure that is exactly what the scandal is about – that nothing is happening when things should be happening.

That aside, I think you’ve stumbled onto something. Think of how much money we could save if each person investigated himself or herself. We could disband all the police forces and most of the courts. Unicorns crapping skittles could not be far behind.

Oh wait, that’s personal responsibility. Too painful. Back to fascism.

platypus on June 28, 2014 at 8:21 PM

In related news the NY Times / Walter Duranty still consider Uncle Joe Stalin their hero.

viking01 on June 28, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Jazz, I really hope Allah gives you a raise for your uncanny ability to dredge up a story from a non-story

bravo sir

nonpartisan on June 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

The real story of the day is you’re still a mindless liberal drone. Don’t you believe there’s a real issue with the IRS playing political favorites and targeting conservative groups? This isn’t just denying tax exempt status. This is leaking personal info. It’s intimidation and more.

How the hell do you sleep at night being such an unfair person. You’re a dreadful human being, but you know that right?

hawkdriver on June 28, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Jazz, I really hope Allah gives you a raise for your uncanny ability to dredge up a story from a non-story

bravo sir

nonpartisan on June 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Hey, don’t you need to display your limitless ignorance on the Stand Your Ground thread?

Go on…you know you want to.

Dolce Far Niente on June 28, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Since Pinch Sulzberger took over, the NYT has become a joke. They are pathetic, lying, partisan hacks.

The only times Krugman has ever been correct are those where he contradicts himself, which happens with some frequency. But in some cases, he is wrong both times even then.

If not for Carlos Slim’s massive ego and pocketbook, the NYT would have been bankrupt years ago.

Adjoran on June 28, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Somebody farted last night while watching World War Z on Netflix after a heavy italian dinner.

I did an investigation and it was definitely my dog, not me.. :)

celt on June 28, 2014 at 9:50 PM

The New NYT motto-All the news that fits our agenda.

talkingpoints on June 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Jazz, I really hope Allah gives you a raise for your uncanny ability to dredge up a story from a non-story

bravo sir

nonpartisan on June 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

At first I thought it was a cute play on words-the NYT was calling this a non-story and covering up the actual use of the IRS for political purposes (as opposed to Nixon’s thwarted attempts) And Jazz was writing a column about press corruption due to the NYT viewing this gross abuce of power as a non-story due to their political agenda. However, sadly, I think non-partisan views the President using the IRS as a bludgeon against his political enemies and to suppress opposition during an election as a non-story, and also views the failure of a major and once respected media outlet to cover the story in an appropriate fashion as a non-story.

What would nonpartisan view as an appropriate page 1 story? Michelle’s arm exercise work out? Obama golf tips? Obama’s World Cup brackets? (Do they have World Cup brackets?) The arrest of the person that made the video responsible for Benghazi/Syria/the Ukraine/ Iraq/the illegal minor immigration problem? Perhaps nonpartisan has confused the NYT with People Magazine. They need more stories on the Kardashians to make the transition complete.

talkingpoints on June 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Phew. I was worried about that. Glad they can sleep well.

BKeyser on June 28, 2014 at 10:28 PM

And for balance, they went to their writer in DC that did the piss poor articles and asked him if NYT was covering it OK. He goes on for paragraphs to say, of course!

I wrote a comment to the article, about 10 hours ago that has not been published yet. Don’t know why I bother commenting there.

GlobalTrvlr on June 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Jazz, I really hope Allah gives you a raise for your uncanny ability to dredge up a story from a non-story

bravo sir

nonintelligent on June 28, 2014 at 7:28 PM

And we all hope Soros gives you a raise for making such a non-intelligent comment.

After all, you’re his kind of Useful Idiot!

F-

Del Dolemonte on June 28, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Then Hillary Clinton is really a beautiful dame.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM

The Times (and hyperpartisan by extension) is implying that we should trust Holder’s integrity in looking into this matter, despite that LL’s 5th plea and a rash of hard drive failures for all key players not only appears damming but is preventing us from corroborating that assurance. They would rather tell us we have to believe the absurd than do any investigative reporting that would get their little precious impeached.

crrr6 on June 29, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Great…and we reveal that they are POS!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 29, 2014 at 12:48 AM

The NYT: Democratic staffers with bylines.

Fred 2 on June 29, 2014 at 3:22 AM

And in other news Obama says everyone is picking on him… :/

snoozinglion on June 29, 2014 at 5:13 AM

The paper of record since 1851.

I don’t care. Die, NYT, die. You richly deserve it.

Grace_is_sufficient on June 29, 2014 at 6:09 AM

yes the NYT is honest, fair and accurate… and the shipment is on the way, the check is in the mail and Bill Clinton did NOT leave a stain on that blue dress {it all depends on what the definition of honest fair a accurate is….}

Dostacos on June 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

NYT … NYT … Hmmm… I seem to remember my grandfather telling me that used to be a newspaper. But he’s been dead for twenty years, and he was approaching senility when he said it.

ricoliv on June 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

I wrote a comment to the article, about 10 hours ago that has not been published yet. Don’t know why I bother commenting there.

GlobalTrvlr on June 28, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Maybe because it was ASCII art of male genitalia.

Reuben Hick on June 29, 2014 at 1:21 PM

I’ve said it before, and will say it again: every IRS employee who participated in the targeting of political opponents, regardless of who directed it, must be identified, and removed from their post.

Nothing less can make us whole.

If we are not made whole from this violation, I do not see how this country can continue.

Voyager on June 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

NY Slimes investigation reveals NY Slimes did fine on IRS coverage

Filthy 8-year-old coming from bathtub says: “But Mommy ! Daddy! I really did wash everywhere on my body! Behind my ears too!

cableguy615 on June 29, 2014 at 4:04 PM

yes the NYT is honest, fair and accurate… and the shipment is on the way, the check is in the mail and Bill Clinton did NOT leave a stain on that blue dress {it all depends on what the definition of honest fair a accurate is….}

Dostacos on June 29, 2014 at 10:08 AM

…don’t forget obama bin laden is Christian too!

cableguy615 on June 29, 2014 at 4:18 PM

The New York Times is part of the media wing of the Democratic Party (thank you Roget Hedgecock) and should always be noted as such. Their coverage can’t be trusted and they will do everything they can to obscure the issue in favor of the Democrats.

bflat879 on June 29, 2014 at 8:58 PM

Naturally. Everything went according to plan.

LancerDL on June 29, 2014 at 9:06 PM