Brent Bozell

The House committee found that Wilkins and Co. were digging for dirt on tea party groups and their political activities leading up to the 2010 election. They demanded a very unusual multi-tiered review in Washington. This obsession with wringing out details of these groups and their troubling anti-Obama activities delayed tea party applications for years, to the point where applications for tax-exempt status filed in 2010 are still pending approval.

Where were the networks on this unfolding story of political corruption at the IRS? Nowhere to be found. Not one report. Speaker John Boehner mentioned the "IRS scandal" and other Obama scandals on CBS' "Face the Nation." CBS only assembled a story for its "Morning News" -- which airs in Washington at 4:00 a.m.

CNN offered one story on the afternoon of the hearings on "The Situation Room," and true to form, reporter Dana Bash cleared Team Obama of any suspicions: "After some half a dozen IRS hearings and 16 transcribed interviews, Republicans have no proof of White House involvement in IRS targeting.

Democrats were fed up and tensions high. Despite no evidence that the president was involved, Rep. Darrell Issa won't let him off the hook."

CNN and Bash are guilty of a dramatic double standard in presidential accountability. Here's Bash playing hardball in early 2006, promoting leftists comparing President Bush to Saddam Hussein on torture: "Human Rights Watch released an annual report saying Mr. Bush may be no Saddam, but no saint either, concluding that in 2005, 'the abuse of detainees had become a deliberate, central part of the Bush administration's strategy of interrogating terrorist suspects.'"

CNN has more compassion for terrorist suspects than tea party activists. That might explain their ratings.

You can forget scrutiny from MSNBC, which openly supports punishing the tea party. Lawrence O'Donnell boldly declared in May, "If the words 'Tea Party,' or the name of any political party at all appears in the title of your 501(c)(4), you absolutely do not qualify for 501(c)(4) status under the law, and you should be challenged."

The media's refusal to report and investigate the targeting of tea party groups cuts to the very heart of their corrupt collusion with Obama. This IRS outrage demands firm, prolonged scrutiny. Instead, reporters by their inaction suggest, like O'Donnell that conservatives who dare to oppose the White House deserve every punishment the Obama administration hands out.

That outrage demands scrutiny, as well.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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