View Full Version : Four years later, the IRS tea party scandal looks very different. It may not even be a scandal.

Fear the Hawk
10-05-2017, 09:39 PM
The new finding suggests Republicans and the media provided an incomplete or even misleading account of what the IRS was up to when it was reviewing political organizations that sought tax-exempt status. While not of the order of the news media’s credulous (and flawed) reporting about supposed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the U.S. invasion in 2003, the report offers a check on the prevailing narrative of the time.

It may also offer a measure of vindication to Obama, at least according to one of his senior advisers.

“The Obama administration was often accused of Nixonian wrongdoing,” Eric Schultz, the former president’s spokesman and a deputy White House press secretary under him, said Thursday. “At some point, I lost track of how many Watergates we had. But we live in an environment where the more hyperbolic your allegation is, the more likely it will get headlines, no matter its veracity. This report substantiates our argument that our White House did not politicize the IRS, but those allegations, A1 material at the time, have lived online for four years and now that the public has moved on, they’re proven false.”


10-06-2017, 04:33 AM
The new finding suggests Republicans and the media provided an incomplete or even misleading account...

You could stop right there and cover pretty much everything that issues from Republican lips.

10-06-2017, 05:14 AM
It's still a scandal but the perps and the victims have now switched sides.

Smiling Assassin27
10-26-2017, 01:36 PM
'Not even a smidgen of corruption.'--Obama

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">JUST IN: Justice Dept. settles with groups improperly targeted by IRS: “There is no excuse for this conduct.” <a href="https://t.co/9bSGp80kxz">pic.twitter.com/9bSGp80kxz</a></p>&mdash; ABC News (@ABC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ABC/status/923523462924324864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 26, 2017</a></blockquote>
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10-26-2017, 01:49 PM
^Trump supporter upset about corruption.


Fear the Hawk
10-26-2017, 02:07 PM
So basically, the IRS's "guilt" in this matter was determined by conservative republican Jeff Sessions, and "admitted to" by the republican-controlled IRS. Quelle suprise!

Smiling Assassin27
10-26-2017, 02:14 PM
Denial looks good on you. Gov't would've lost its ass in court. Here's why they settled:

Lawyers think they have finally found the smoking gun in the IRS’s tea party targeting scandal: an email from an IRS agent to her supervisors alerting them that the agency was, in fact, singling out some groups’ applications for extreme scrutiny “primarily because of their political party affiliation.”
The email was released last month as part of a massive document dump in a class-action lawsuit filed in Ohio by hundreds of conservative groups who were targeted for extra review and intrusive questioning.
It contradicts the IRS’s official stance over the years contending that conservative groups were wrongly scrutinized, but it was a result of their behavior, not their politics.

Instead, the April 1, 2011, email from Elizabeth C. Kastenberg, an official in the agency’s exempt organizations division, says it was explicitly the organizations’ politics that landed them on the target list.
“These cases are held back primarily because of their political party affiliation rather than specifically any political activities,” Ms. Kastenberg wrote in an alert to other IRS employees, including her supervisor.


Fear the Hawk
10-26-2017, 03:42 PM
Denial looks good on you. Gov't would've lost its ass in court. Here's why they settled:


Was that a matter of Kastenberg's personal opinion? Where's the e-mail in its entirety? Any proof that Obama himself ordered such IRS discrimination?