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The Dog Ate Our Country ^ | June 15, 2014 | Paul Jacob

Posted on 06/15/2014 2:21:52 PM PDT by Kaslin

“If I had to choose between government without newspapers, and newspapers without government,” Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “I wouldn’t hesitate to choose the latter.”

In his day, Mr. Jefferson was attuned to a hyper-partisan, mudslinging, muckraking, bulldog press corps, not our modern mainstream media lapdogs. Today, with our government taking on more and more while competently performing less and less, the public needs more mud slung and more muck raked.

Yet, the Washington Post that had been slung onto my driveway Saturday morning carried not a single word, much less an in-depth story, about the Internal Revenue Service scandal that strikes at the very core of a free versus an authoritarian society: the ability of citizens to organize and speak out politically.

Let’s review:

That’s not news? Not worth a mention?

The Washington Post isn’t alone; I couldn’t find any online reporting by The New York Times or The Chicago Tribune or The Los Angeles Times, either. Maybe I missed something, but The Wall Street Journal headlined their editorial,

The IRS Loses Lerner’s Email
And other news that the Beltway press corps won’t cover.

Tom Jefferson’s fears have been realized: We have mega-government without properly functioning newspapers. Thank goodness for the Internet, cable news and social media that provide other avenues for information.

This IRS email glitch reminds many folks of the 18.5-minute gap in one of President Richard Nixon’s recordings of White House phone conversations. Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, said she made “a terrible mistake” by accidentally recording over that length of another conversation.

That was news, certainly, back in the day.

Even beyond the scandal itself, simply as a matter of allowing the public to understand the level of competence, or lack thereof, in an important federal agency, shouldn’t citizens be informed that the IRS is “challenged” when it comes to data retention and protection?

This is, after all, an agency that is tasked with a lot of record-keeping, not to mention enforcement of the new national healthcare regime.

The Blaze found a newsworthy angle to question the official pronouncement, interviewing Norman Cillo, an IT professional who has worked with Army intelligence and as a program manager at Microsoft. “If the IRS’ email server is in such a state that they only have one copy of data and the server crashes and it’s gone,” Cillo offered, “I’ve never heard of such a thing.”

He suspects that Congress is “being lied to” by the IRS about those emails.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way, though. U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tx.) suggests another common sense method of capturing this important email evidence: the National Security Agency. Stockman sent Admiral Michael S. Rogers, the NSA director, a letter asking the agency to “produce all metadata it has collected on all of Ms. Lerner’s email accounts for the period between January 2009 and April 2011.”

This government knows every phone call we’ve made in more than a decade and every email we’ve sent. It polices the entire world, even tapping the phone lines of foreign leaders. And it always seeks to expand its role in every facet. Surely the NSA can locate those emails at the center of the IRS scandal that somehow someone forgot to back-up.

There would be something especially droll about a government fulfilling its leader’s promise of transparency courtesy of its most secretive agency.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: irs; loislerner

1 posted on 06/15/2014 2:21:52 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Of course this is a lie. But I’m stunned it didn’t get any coverage. That is a new low for the Praetorian Guard as someone calls the MSM re: Obama.

2 posted on 06/15/2014 2:24:13 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Kaslin

We live in The Soviet Union. Just exchange the Democrat Party for the Communist Party and see if I’m wrong.

3 posted on 06/15/2014 2:25:36 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin
our modern mainstream media lapdogs.

MSM is only a lapdog for Democrats. They still go after conservatives with enthusiasm.

5 posted on 06/15/2014 2:37:33 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Perception wins all the battles. Reality wins all the wars.)
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To: Kaslin

The first mistake was having the Washington Post slung upon your yard. Do not purchase lies, and they will become fewer.

6 posted on 06/15/2014 2:42:01 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: Kaslin; Liz; AT7Saluki

7 posted on 06/15/2014 3:25:21 PM PDT by Libloather (Embrace the suck)
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To: Kaslin

To jail with all of them.
Then straight to hell.

8 posted on 06/15/2014 3:46:15 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: Kaslin
It is all but impossible that the emails and backups were lost. Members of the Propaganda Corps won't even deny it. They just refuse to cover the story because it could bring down Obama.

And so, the story goes down the memory hole. Loyal servants of the state will never remember that it happened, and we've always been at war with Eastasia.

9 posted on 06/15/2014 7:57:33 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: Libloather

That’s brilliant.

10 posted on 06/15/2014 8:00:23 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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