WaPo wonders: Was IRS revelation a Friday night dump?
posted at 11:47 am on May 11, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Distractions, distractions. The editors at the Washington Post castigate the IRS and demand a full and independent inquiry in their lead editorial today, and immediately reject any proposal that allows the agency to investigate itself over their admission that they targeted groups for scrutiny based on their political affiliations. They also pose a question near the end that’s worth pondering, emphasis mine:
Did some officials hope never to reveal this wrongdoing? Did others hope it could quickly get lost in the weekend news cycle? Misguided, if so. We hope to hear Democratic leaders as well as Republican ones loudly saying so.
Actually, one would have to be nuts to think this will disappear over a weekend news cycle. Rather than getting lost in other news, it actually reinforces an emerging pattern of executive-branch intimidation that exists in the Benghazi scandal and the Inspectors General corps, most recently regarding Afghanistan reconstruction funds, and more.
That doesn’t mean some organizations won’t try to downplay it in the hopes it will go away:
Not front page material in the Grey Lady’s news judgment. But good enough for page A-11. With the third paragraph reassuring readers that an agency spokesperson had insisted
… that the move was not driven by politics, but she added, “We made some mistakes; some people didn’t use good judgment.”
Compare that to the WaPo’s much more skeptical tone in the editorial:
The agency said that it now has rules in place to make sure this sort of thing never happens again. How could such basic safeguards not have existed in the first place? And what are the new rules? In response to our questions, officials did not say.
So what did the Times’ editorial have to say? Er …. nothing. The persecution of conservative groups by the IRS wasn’t enough to get the Gray Lady’s editors interested, apparently.