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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The IRS Scandal, Day 139

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The Administration has gone beyond just leaking information to a reporter for favorable spin. Now it’s leaking information about a whitewash report to a Democratic politician for a favorable spin, and the press is reporting the spin as the truth. We don’t know what the internal report says. All we know is what the Democratic Party says it says. Butt his doesn’t get reported as “Leading Administration defender claims that an internal administration report says Lois Lerner had no political bias against the Tea Party”. Instead it gets reported as (from Forbes, a typical source):
“The IRS Accountability Review Board was charged with reviewing emails and other correspondences relating to Lerner’s activities and ultimately found that there were no instances of political bias or willful misconduct. But that doesn’t mean that Lerner was off the hook. The Board was reportedly going to recommend that Lerner be fired for “neglect of duties” – basically, saying that she was a terrible manager.” (http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyphillipserb/2013/09/24/lesson-lerner-ed-disgraced-irs-official-tenders-resignation/)
Note something else. When you ask about something in a coverup, academic or political, the anser is always “That;’s a political matter; we can’t discuss it” or “That matter is under legal investigation; we can’t discuss it”. Here, someone in the IRS or Justice has leaked information about an ongoing investigation into illegal behavior.

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Sep 25, 2013 7:48:09 AM