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The IRS Email Scandal: Where's the Outrage?
Townhall.com ^ | June 18, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 06/18/2014 10:20:46 AM PDT by Kaslin

"Congressional investigators are fuming over revelations that the Internal Revenue Service has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy."

That's the opening sentence of the Associated Press story on the IRS's claim that it lost an unknown number of emails over two years relating to the agency's alleged targeting of political groups hostile to the president.

But note how the AP casts the story: The investigators -- Republican lawmakers -- are outraged.

Is it really so hard to imagine that if this were a Republican administration, the story wouldn't be the frustration of partisan critics of the president? It would be all about that administration's behavior. With the exception of National Journal's Ron Fournier, who called for a special prosecutor to bypass the White House's "stonewalling," and former CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, it's hard to find a non-conservative journalist who thinks this is a big deal.

Let's back up for a moment. In 2013, IRS official Lois Lerner planted a question from an audience member at an American Bar Association meeting. She used her answer to apologize for -- and favorably spin -- the agency's actions, and then later claimed that the apology came as an unprompted response to a question.

Lerner laid the blame for the inappropriate targeting of tea party and other groups to a few low-level bureaucrats in Cincinnati. That was a lie. Senior officials in the IRS knew and helped to coordinate the effort. She said she only heard about the problem when tea party groups protested. The targeting, in fact, had already been under internal and external investigation.

In short, Lerner worked hard at denying her agency's tactics on applications for nonprofit status from groups deemed to be hostile to the president's agenda. According to IRS officials' congressional testimony, agents were told to "be on the lookout" for groups that "criticized how the government is being run." Lerner even joked to colleagues that she should get a job at Obama's activist group Organizing for Action.

President Obama insists he didn't know about any of this until he was briefed on it the way he's briefed on so many issues: from news reports. Nevertheless, we've since learned that White House officials were aware earlier.

Lerner, who was forced to resign, took the Fifth Amendment rather than clear the air.

In the June issue of Commentary, Noah Rothman notes that the mainstream media initially treated the IRS story as a very big deal. ABC's Terry Moran dubbed it a "truly Nixonian abuse of power by the Obama administration." But as Rothman notes, the media were just as quick to buy the story that this was a minor bureaucratic screw-up being whipped up into what the president called yet another "phony scandal."

More recently, Obama proclaimed there was not even a "smidgen" of corruption at the IRS, despite the fact his administration's own investigations are still underway. Obama's assurance seemed good enough for most of the media.

This is one of the great public relations turnaround stories of all time. Liberal groups successfully spun the incident as a well-intentioned mistake by a government agency trying to deal with a deluge of new applications from right-wing crazies let loose by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The "real" story was -- again -- Republican overreach.

Never mind that there was no evidence for such an "uptick" in applications -- Lerner's word. Indeed, evidence suggests that Lerner went looking for that evidence as an excuse for abuses she had already undertaken.

So now the IRS claims that a computer crash has irrevocably erased pertinent emails (an excuse I will remember when I am audited). National Review's John Fund reports that the IRS manual says backups must exist. If emails -- which exist on servers, clouds and elsewhere -- can be destroyed this way, someone should tell the NSA that there's a cheaper way to encrypt data.

The storied City News Bureau of Chicago famously lived by the motto "If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out." The bureau closed down several years ago. Perhaps that kind of skepticism died with it.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: irs; irsscandals; irsteapartyscandal; jonahgoldberg; lerneremails; phonyscandal

1 posted on 06/18/2014 10:20:46 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
This is the cover of Newsweek October 13th 1997.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED WITH THESE CRIMINALS!


2 posted on 06/18/2014 10:23:45 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Kaslin

Wrong party is in charge, ergo, no outrage...............


3 posted on 06/18/2014 10:25:00 AM PDT by Red Badger (Soon there will be another American Civil War. Will make the first one seem like a Tea Party........)
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To: Kaslin

‘Outrage’?

Hmmm...looks like it’s all used up! None left!


4 posted on 06/18/2014 10:25:16 AM PDT by SMARTY ("When you blame others, you give up your power to change." Robert Anthony)
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To: Kaslin

Where’s the outrage over anything happening in this country from anyone at all?

This is a nation of sleeping sheep.


5 posted on 06/18/2014 10:26:13 AM PDT by chris37 (heartless)
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To: Kaslin

Most capable of critical thought noticed their outrage alarms shorted out, melted down and wore out long ago.

Most understand government at all levels have betrayed the American people...

Only those drooling in cups and or those in on this big gov con-job failed to notice or would disagree.


6 posted on 06/18/2014 10:27:50 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Kaslin

Oh, there’s plenty of outrage out here and there’s plenty of trepidation in the news media over what has happened to their Golden Boy.

So much trepidation that the wagon circle has been updated with asbestos in place of the canvas covers of old. None of those Tea Party flaming arrows will be allowed to penetrate the veil of silence they so assiduously maintain.

They know that Holder wont appoint any special prosecutor for anything that will lower the protection of any of those wagons his friends in the leftist media maintain.


7 posted on 06/18/2014 10:29:43 AM PDT by CARTOUCHE (9999 EOM)
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To: Kaslin

I can assure you, no one is more outraged than the President of the United States.


8 posted on 06/18/2014 10:29:55 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.)
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To: Kaslin
The MSM spent about two solid years whipping itself into a frenzy over the crimes of Richard Nixon (I say "whipping itself" because I don't think Joe Average really cared that much), which were at least an order of magnitude less serious than those of Barack Obama.

The MSM creates these things, and the MSM can ignore them too. It's just like putting a penny behind a fuse in a fusebox.

9 posted on 06/18/2014 10:30:23 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: chris37

The outrage is coming from the Miami Heat losing to the San Antonio Spurs.

Ya know, priorities.


10 posted on 06/18/2014 10:30:54 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Kaslin

The ordinary slob has lost the ability to be outraged when they should be outraged. Their moral sense is distorted.
This is helped along by a media which deliberately and intentionally suppresses news of crimes by their favorite party, and hypes wrongdoing by normal people.


11 posted on 06/18/2014 10:35:59 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: Steely Tom

How long are we going to continue funding the corrupt media formerly known as MSM?

I want an honest debate.


12 posted on 06/18/2014 10:41:30 AM PDT by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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To: Steely Tom

I truly get tired of saying, “if this were a republican...”.

In this case, though, having lived through the Nixon years and the Iran Contra affair, it is absolutely applicable. It is an obvious double standard for anyone with the half brain it takes to know these things.

That off my chest, most of the American people don’t care when we say, “if this were a republican.” They don’t listen. It doesn’t get through the media blackout, and if they hear or read it elsewhere, they don’t know history, they’re low info voters, or they are doltish no-nothings.


13 posted on 06/18/2014 10:42:35 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: dragnet2

Just waiting for the “go” signal, I guess...

The political system has failed to secure freedom.


14 posted on 06/18/2014 10:43:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: unixfox

“The outrage is coming from the Miami Heat losing to the San Antonio Spurs.

Ya know, priorities.”

With both political parties aligning against the people, and the media doing all it can to support expanded government, I’ve given up.

I have decided to make a sport of watching Americans lose their freedom. I am hoping that if it happens that Americans figure out what they lost, I’m around to see it.


15 posted on 06/18/2014 10:43:42 AM PDT by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: Kaslin
Should we be more outraged at

(1. The IRS Scandal

(2. The lack of coverage of the IRS Scandal

(3. The lack of coverage of the lack of coverage of the IRS Scandal.

16 posted on 06/18/2014 10:44:01 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Kaslin

The fox is never outraged that the chicken coop was left open

And no one is asking the chickens for their opinion


17 posted on 06/18/2014 10:44:10 AM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: Kaslin

There is only outrage when a Republican is in charge. To the left, their kind can do no wrong.


18 posted on 06/18/2014 10:44:14 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: xzins

I’ve come to understand that leftists are totally unashamed of their hypocrisy. They have no character or principles. All they care about is power to impose their will on others.


19 posted on 06/18/2014 10:44:17 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: xzins

Yeah, what you said.

Problem is, a slight majority of the voting population has only half a brain and gets along just fine, thanks to “the safety net.”

Maybe I shouldn’t have said “slight.”


20 posted on 06/18/2014 10:44:30 AM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: MrB; Steely Tom

Yesterday, I had the joyful opportunity to pick up my daughter and grandkids at the airport. We waited at the arrival area for about 20 minutes because we were a bit early.

The airport had the TV in that room tuned to MSNBC. It was about 5 pm. It was agony. I had to listen to tripe from some ruddy complected male talking head. He was all over Bush/Cheney for the Iraqi Invasion and the WMDs. He was absolutely clueless. If he said “lied about WMDs” once, he said it a dozen times in those agonizing 20 minutes that I had to wait in that public area. When others were distracted, I even looked to see if there were controls on the TV, but...no. I looked for a phone number but we were underground and I wasn’t getting the internet on my cell phone.

Pure torment listening. As you say, they absolutely are not ashamed of their propaganda.


21 posted on 06/18/2014 10:55:34 AM PDT by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: al_c
"Pas d'ennemis sur la gauche"
22 posted on 06/18/2014 11:08:57 AM PDT by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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To: Kaslin

I’ll say it for the gazillionth time. The GOP screams at EVERYTHING so, consequentially, nobody cares. Add to that the utterly inept investigation by Issa and, well, neither this nor Benghazi is going anywhere.

When trying a case you have to pick and choose. If you throw in everything, the jury no longer cares. You emphasize your strengths.

But. The GOP doesn’t ask me for my advice so ...


23 posted on 06/18/2014 11:09:04 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Kaslin
Where is the outrage?

Fast and furious, immigration, Benghazi, voter rights, immigration, IRS, gun control lies, EPA, Justice Dept., Obama Care, immigration, fast & FURIOUS, Arab Spring, Dream Act, BLM, Dept of Homeland Security, Executive Orders, The complete destruction of America.

Overload.

very silent now time for action need to get organized.

24 posted on 06/18/2014 11:11:06 AM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country)
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To: Kaslin

I think the American people are outraged but there is so much coming down from all sides they get worn out. That is the Alinsky and Cloward Piven plan. It actually works quite well. The country is spiraling out of control which is gong to only end one way. And its not going to be an Article V convention.


25 posted on 06/18/2014 11:20:29 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Kaslin
You are all racists and should be ashamed of your self's. The dog ate the emails and that's that. What you hate dogs?
26 posted on 06/18/2014 11:23:00 AM PDT by lostboy61 (Lock and Load and stand your ground!)
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To: Kaslin
Where's the Outrage?

An outrage placed atop an existing outrage placed atop a previous outrage that was placed atop a previous outrage that was placed atop a previous outrage, etc, etc, etc, may be difficult to locate ... but it is there.

27 posted on 06/18/2014 11:38:25 AM PDT by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: Kaslin

The MSM gins up outrage - - or they don’t.

The MSM’s NOT ginning up outrage because they’re biased and one-sided. They’re ON THE SIDE of the IRS because the IRS is hurting conservatives.

That’s why there’s no outrage... low information types get their news from the MSM ... the MSM doesn’t care.

Low information types were never told to be outraged. So they’re not. Because they’re stupid.


28 posted on 06/18/2014 12:11:05 PM PDT by GOPJ (#2 reply spot RESERVED for Tokyo Rose comments: "nothing works - give up - it's all hopeless".)
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To: Kaslin

The MSM gins up outrage - - or they don’t.

The MSM’s NOT ginning up outrage because they’re biased and one-sided. They’re ON THE SIDE of the IRS because the IRS is hurting conservatives.

That’s why there’s no outrage... low information types get their news from the MSM ... the MSM doesn’t care.

Low information types were never told to be outraged. So they’re not. Because they’re stupid.

And the MSM’s vile.

It’s that simple.


29 posted on 06/18/2014 12:11:51 PM PDT by GOPJ (#2 reply spot RESERVED for Tokyo Rose comments: "nothing works - give up - it's all hopeless".)
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To: GOPJ

Time for 61 seats in the senate before the country collapses or is conquered by foreign enemies.


30 posted on 06/18/2014 12:14:30 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Kaslin
Terry Moran dubbed it a "truly Nixonian abuse of power by the Obama administration."

Nixon had NOTHING on Obama... When Jonathan Turley calls the Obama regime an "Imperial Presidency," you know Barky has gone WAY off the reservation.... "Nixonian?" Hell, Obama is "Calligulan!"

Mark

31 posted on 06/18/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MarkL
Nixon had NOTHING on Obama... When Jonathan Turley calls the Obama regime an "Imperial Presidency," you know Barky has gone WAY off the reservation.... "Nixonian?" Hell, Obama is "Calligulan!"

Ding, ding, ding - we have a thread winnah!

32 posted on 06/18/2014 4:43:21 PM PDT by GOPJ (#2 reply spot RESERVED for Tokyo Rose comments: "nothing works - give up - it's all hopeless".)
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To: Kaslin

Let’s not forget that this is the agency that we are supposed to trust to manage our health care accounts!


33 posted on 06/19/2014 10:59:09 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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