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Bozell on IRS Scandal: ‘Bigger Than Watergate’
Newsbusters.org ^ | March 7, 2014 | NB Staff

Posted on 03/07/2014 12:36:36 PM PST by Kaslin

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell appeared on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” last night and chastised the networks for skipping the substance of the latest congressional hearing on the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. Bozell’s comments came after Lois Lerner, the IRS official at the center of the scandal, once again refused to answer questions during a congressional hearing, instead choosing to use her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Rather than discussing the merits of the latest hearing, all three networks chose instead to play up the verbal confrontation between Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), making it 99 days since ABC, CBS and NBC have even mentioned the actual IRS scandal. “I do believe that this IRS scandal is bigger than Watergate. And I think if you look at it objectively I think you conclude that” proclaimed Bozell.

Bozell on IRS Scandal: ‘Bigger Than Watergate’

Bozell began his analysis by pointing out that “I knew instinctively that if there was going to be any coverage, it was not going to be the bombshell of Lois Lerner taking the fifth again. It was going to be that little stunt that the Democrats pulled. This was designed solely for media attention. This was grandstanding. This was just an old game in Washington, but they knew that they can get headlines from it.”

The MRC president continued his dissection of the media’s coverage by pointing out that “we knew what they would do, which is not cover Lois Lerner, because they haven't covered her and they have ignored this scandal almost from day one… And by God, they succeeded. CBS did a story this morning, no mention, no discussion -- no serious discussion about her but they talked about Elijah Cummings. ABC did nothing at all.”

Bozell noted how “Remember I told you last week that they had done 22 seconds since June of 2013. Well, that 22 second record continues.” MRC documented how the day after the latest IRS hearing, NBC News framed the story by observing that “In Washington today, a public and startling example of the kind of behavior Congress has become known for and Congress has become gridlocked over.”

Bozell went on to argue that “In other words, Megyn, the story last night was not Lois Lerner. It was Congress.” The MRC president pointed out how with the IRS scandal it’s “becoming more and more apparent that there were serious crimes committed. The only question is how far up the ladder does this reach?”

The MRC president concluded the segment by bringing in some much needed historical context: I thought back in 1987, 1988 with Iran Contra. If you recall that, which is piddly stuff compared to this. But day in and day out, live coverage from the networks. Not a news story at night, all-day coverage to find out what Iran Contra was all about, what Ollie North had done. So, now, you have this woman who comes in to testify. She doesn't even make the news.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: brentbozell; darrellissa; elijahcummings; foxnewschannel; irstargetsteaparty; kellyfile; loislerner; megynkelly; politicalscandal
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1 posted on 03/07/2014 12:36:36 PM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
What if they gave a scandal and nobody came?
2 posted on 03/07/2014 12:37:55 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: Kaslin
Nope. If a scandal happens and nobody covers it, it is not a scandal.

3 posted on 03/07/2014 12:38:30 PM PST by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“What if they gave a scandal and nobody came?”

Exactly. If no one cares, it’s not a scandal. And if you have idiots like Issa allowing the proceedings to be an indictment of his own “racism”, versus a full on breach of the constitution, well, the country is screwed.


4 posted on 03/07/2014 12:39:40 PM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Kaslin

Mmmm—that and a quarter won’t even buy a cup of coffee.


5 posted on 03/07/2014 12:40:45 PM PST by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Kaslin

Watergate was a teenage prank compared to what is happening in Washington today.


6 posted on 03/07/2014 12:41:05 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Kaslin

Except the public doesn’t care. Why wouldn’t this just embolden them to take this further?


7 posted on 03/07/2014 12:41:11 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Kaslin

If the current administration was Repub, the media would be screaming “Bigger than Watergate” and we would have live gavel-to-gavel coverage on the alphabet networks and no one would be talking about how much the investigation is “costing the taxpayers”.


8 posted on 03/07/2014 12:41:49 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: Genoa

Fox News covered it, and just because the 0bama media ignored it doesn’t mean it didn’t happen


9 posted on 03/07/2014 12:42:03 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

> Watergate was a teenage prank compared to what is happening
> in Washington today.

What’s going on in Washington today is a full blown bolshevik revolution.


10 posted on 03/07/2014 12:42:25 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Exactly


11 posted on 03/07/2014 12:42:42 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
The IRS scandal is HUGE because the Obama Administration actually carried out process of using the IRS to harass Conservative 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) groups. And it's possible confidential tax information may have been passed (in major violation of Federal privacy laws!) to higher-up political operatives.
12 posted on 03/07/2014 12:43:11 PM PST by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Kaslin
Oh, but Fox is out to get the Won, and they are racists, right? I mean nobody else.

13 posted on 03/07/2014 12:43:47 PM PST by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: nickcarraway

Are you saying that you don’t care? If so, than shame on you


14 posted on 03/07/2014 12:44:16 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: jeffc

You said it


15 posted on 03/07/2014 12:45:10 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Genoa
"If a scandal happens and nobody covers it, it is not a scandal."

Not quite.

More relevant would be

"If a scandal points to a Democrat, it is not a scandal."

16 posted on 03/07/2014 12:45:46 PM PST by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: Kaslin

Read what I said. Just because I care about something, doesn’t mean other people do.


17 posted on 03/07/2014 12:45:49 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Kaslin
Straight out of the DNC/Media/Industrial Complex playbook for government-run propaganda .....

If it's a Republican scandal, it's always covered as a scandal," but, "if it's a Democratic scandal, it's covered as, how are these cynical Republicans are going to take advantage of this for political points?"

18 posted on 03/07/2014 12:46:16 PM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: RayChuang88
>>The IRS scandal is HUGE...<<

Let's not forget, the IRS being used as a tool to alter an American election.

This is Huge-r than most believe. May take time, but the truth will emerge.

19 posted on 03/07/2014 12:46:34 PM PST by servantboy777
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To: nickcarraway

The public doesn’t care because the media doesn’t care. If there were a constant drumbeat of objective reporting, the public would demand removal from office.


20 posted on 03/07/2014 12:47:23 PM PST by tatown ("So a Hispanic shoots a black and is acquitted by women, but it's still white men's fault.")
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To: Kaslin

The courts have something called “the clean hands doctrine”.

It is based on an ancient principle of law “Those who seek equity must do equity”...

Unclean hands makes the person lose standing.

I am sure FReepers on the ball can figure out what this means.


21 posted on 03/07/2014 12:47:52 PM PST by djf (OK. Well, now, lemme try to make this clear: If you LIKE your lasagna, you can KEEP your lasagna!)
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To: Kaslin

““I knew instinctively that if there was going to be any coverage, it was not going to be the bombshell of Lois Lerner taking the fifth again. It was going to be that little stunt that the Democrats pulled. This was designed solely for media attention. This was grandstanding. This was just an old game in Washington, but they knew that they can get headlines from it.”

And that idiot Issa fell for it. He gave Elijah Cummings (Lawn Jockey, MD) exactly what he was looking for. And he “cemented” his “relationship” with his constituents as a fringe benefit because “he gave it to Whitey.”


22 posted on 03/07/2014 12:49:09 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Kaslin
Yes, one would think the IRS SHUTTING DOWN THE TEA PARTY AHEAD OF THE 2012 ELECTION, thereby SUPPRESSING THE REPUBLICAN VOTE would be far worse than President Nixon covering up for some guys who broke into hotel room to steal a Democrat campaign strategy document. Why would Lerner do this on her own volition without being ORDERED TO DO SO? She WOULDN'T!

She MUST be given prison time and this must be pursued further up the chain. Get Valerie Jarrett to testify. Why is this woman always hidden in the shadows? This government unaccountable to the people and not held accountable for their crimes must be stopped.

23 posted on 03/07/2014 12:50:41 PM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: djf

> The courts have something called “the clean hands doctrine”.

The “courts” are in almost complete control of the bolsheviks taking over the country.

I’m not sure we can get out of this without a very messy struggle.

The alternative is to slip into the black abyss of totalitarian statism until it is either crushed from within or without or both.


24 posted on 03/07/2014 12:52:02 PM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: nickcarraway

My apologies for misunderstanding you


25 posted on 03/07/2014 12:52:28 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

Cummings plus the MSM. Whadda Team. Give the Dems some credit. There is simply no doubting their excellent orchestration skills. Issa should have walked out immediately after he adjourned the meeting.


26 posted on 03/07/2014 12:54:31 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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To: Kaslin

27 posted on 03/07/2014 12:55:48 PM PST by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: CivilWarBrewing
Why would Lerner do this on her own volition without being ORDERED TO DO SO? She WOULDN'T!

On the contrary, she would SO do this "of her own volition" but would be restrained by the possibility of being punished for it. However, with the current admin, Obama and Holder, that restraint was inherently removed.

28 posted on 03/07/2014 12:56:14 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: vette6387
blah, blah, blah.

When your party does better than I will listen to you

29 posted on 03/07/2014 12:56:25 PM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Watergate was a John Dean operation to retrieve the Black Book of prostitutes the DNC used for entertainment. Among the names was Dean’s girlfriend and future wife.

Nixon was never involved in any aspect of the break-in but only the cover-up to protect his lieutenants.


30 posted on 03/07/2014 1:01:11 PM PST by newfreep
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To: Kaslin

Anyone who believes that the MSM and its allies will report anything but rainbows and unicorns about the Marxist takeover of this nation is simply deluding themselves.


31 posted on 03/07/2014 1:01:21 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Kaslin

The difference this time is that the entire Rat Party is in on the coverup.


32 posted on 03/07/2014 1:01:34 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Pretty much the case.

And whatever the facts of the scandal, you can rest assured that the inept Issa won’t get to the bottom of it.


33 posted on 03/07/2014 1:01:59 PM PST by RIghtwardHo
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To: Kaslin

Bozell is right, of course.

But Benghazi is bigger than the IRS scandal
And Fast and Furious is bigger than Benghazi
And Obama’s identity is bigger the Fast and Furious.

I guess the IRS scandal is given the most attention because it has the most active leads.


34 posted on 03/07/2014 1:04:24 PM PST by kidd
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To: Genoa
If a scandal happens and nobody covers it, it is not a scandal.

Conversely, if the media beats a constant drumbeat proclaiming that something is a scandal, it becomes one. The MSM could make a scandal over a Republican having scrambled eggs for breakfast.
35 posted on 03/07/2014 1:06:04 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines

Exactly. If the media were doing its job and acted as aggressively as they did with Watergate—recruiting sources, connecting the dots, all the things reporters used to do—this Administration would be toast.

There is no crime this Administration could commit which would arouse the slightest interest on the part of the lame-stream media.


36 posted on 03/07/2014 1:07:28 PM PST by huckfillary
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To: Kaslin
In a tyranny or a despotism, the government never commits crimes against its subjects.

It's only after the tyrannical government is deposed that the guilty parties become criminals.

Ironically, the United States of America actually prosecuted the leaders, politicians, police and soldiers of such a tyranny within the last 70 years.

And now, the United States has become what it prosecuted. The hypocrisy is many layers deep.

37 posted on 03/07/2014 1:10:27 PM PST by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Kaslin

All obama scandals are bigger than watergate...

The only thing that made Nixon’s watergate a scandal, was the media...IMO!

In my view it was nothing more than political shenanigans, as a result there weren’t dead bodies, and thousands of honest citizens harassed by the IRS.


38 posted on 03/07/2014 1:10:47 PM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: huckfillary

President Nixon later joked about it. He said it was a really dumb idea to bug the DNC HQ. They should have bugged McGovern’s HQ.


39 posted on 03/07/2014 1:11:12 PM PST by Trapped Behind Enemy Lines
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To: Genoa

They ONLY cover scandals involving Republicans.

So...no scandal


40 posted on 03/07/2014 1:12:33 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

NOthing puts the fear in Americans of any background, political pursuasion or economical status than being targeted by the IRS. One came to my house once, I wasn’t home, and left her card to call her. I was late in paying my taxes one year.

I can’t tell you the stress it caused me dealing with them.

And now we learn that the targeting continues.

The only voice I hear out there is Ted Cruz, who eloquently argues that we should get rid of the IRS. This should be a battle cry for all republicans. IT should unite us all.

I’m sick of this whole thing. I can’t believe that the IRS scandal is getting no coverage. Can’t believe it.


41 posted on 03/07/2014 1:13:52 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: Blood of Tyrants

The difference this time is that the entire Rat Party is in on the coverup. “

AND many of the GOPe dirty dogs like Bonehead, no guts Mitch, lame McCain, and many others are in on the coverup. THEY too, hate the TParty and/or any conservatives. So, they also let this continue. Issa is all talk and no action.

Where are the convictions on Fast and Furious, IRS, HHS, Swat teams, Benghazi and all the other small scandals such as Arne Duncan, Val Jar et al???? Makes you sick to your stomach.

Even my own, previously very good Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner is going south on Voter ID. What the heck.

Love Ted Cruz, Trey Gowdy, Mike Lee and anyone else that stands up to these feckless GOP/Dem entrenched in DC.

Rant off.


42 posted on 03/07/2014 1:14:53 PM PST by WaterWeWaitinFor (Would Winston Churchill stand still for all this nonsense? Cruz our new Churchill?)
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To: Kaslin

Not a Scandal , because Obama is NEVER leaving the White House


43 posted on 03/07/2014 1:15:21 PM PST by molson209 (Hillary Clinton)
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To: PoloSec
In my view it was nothing more than political shenanigans, as a result there weren’t dead bodies, and thousands of honest citizens harassed by the IRS.

Maybe it's time honest citizens harass the IRS. In fact, we should be daring them to cross the line. Time to put an end to this lawless bunch.

44 posted on 03/07/2014 1:16:54 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Kaslin

Wonder if they have her cuffed and arrested, will that make news? They better do it before holder declares their is not enough evidence to convict her or finds some peon to blame.


45 posted on 03/07/2014 1:20:15 PM PST by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: Kaslin
On any scale, other than media interest, the IRS abuses dwarf anything Nixon ever did or even contemplated doing.

Congress has to start jailing people like Lerner. The media can't do their usual "poor victim of Republicans" story on her in prison without discussing the issue.

If they still ignore the story and let Lerner rot in prison unlamented, at least we'll have that.

46 posted on 03/07/2014 1:20:27 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Kaslin
BTW, the US also prosecuted and jailed the media in that country for crimes, after the tyranny was destroyed. Oh, the irony...
47 posted on 03/07/2014 1:22:17 PM PST by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: vette6387

And that idiot Issa fell for it. He gave Elijah Cummings (Lawn Jockey, MD) exactly what he was looking for. And he “cemented” his “relationship” with his constituents as a fringe benefit because “he gave it to Whitey.”


If Issa let him talk for 2 hours the media would cover every second of it. When republicans start calling out the media for not reporting the truth, maybe things will change. Rinos/leadership just want to be liked by the media.


48 posted on 03/07/2014 1:25:26 PM PST by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.)
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To: Kaslin

Meanwhile, non-privileged Americans all over America are being held in contempt and jailed for yawning, cell phone ringing and various other minor insignificant incidents..

But here are insider agents and top government officials, the hired guns and money collection hierarchy of the government, telling the American people to F off, they’re not answering any legitimate questions.


49 posted on 03/07/2014 1:26:38 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Kaslin
“we knew what they would do, which is not cover Lois Lerner, because they haven't covered her and they have ignored this scandal almost from day one…

The SRM is busier than a cat covering up crap on a hot tin roof in Texas in August. If they reported all the lies and cover-ups in this administration as they tried to in the Bush years, they would never get a wink of sleep.

50 posted on 03/07/2014 1:43:42 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (The Second Amendment is NOT about the right to hunt. It IS a right to shoot tyrants.)
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