Brent Bozell

In August, NPR's website posted a chart from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that revealed there were only seven "progressive" groups targeted and all seven were approved for tax-exempt status. By contrast, the IRS targeted 104 anti-Obama groups, and 56 of them were still waiting for approval (or stopped trying to gain approval). The seven left-wing groups were asked 33 questions by the IRS. The 104 anti-Obama groups were asked 1,552 questions.

So there's no reason, none whatsoever, for the "news" media to drop coverage of a scandal involving the Obama administration using the most feared arm of the federal government to persecute its critics.

How can this Washington Post media specialist proclaim what's been unfolding since May is "a lot less scandalous"? In October alone, there were at least three scoops worthy of national coverage.

On Oct. 1, the Washington Times reported that Dr. Ben Carson revealed he had his first-ever encounter with the IRS after he delivered remarks against Obamacare in front of Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast back in February. Coincidental -- in this atmosphere?

On Oct. 9, The Blaze reported Sarah Hall Ingram, the IRS bureaucrat who used to head the office directly involved in the targeting of conservative groups, "may have shared confidential taxpayer information with White House officials, according to 2012 emails uncovered by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Ingram, who now heads the IRS's Obamacare enforcement division, counseled senior White House officials on how to deal with a lawsuit from religious groups opposed to the Obamacare contraception mandate."

On Oct. 31, the Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard reported the IRS "shared highly confidential tax information of several Tea Party groups with the Federal Election Commission, a clear violation of federal law, according to newly obtained emails."

The networks are dismissing this as a trumped-up GOP-Fox News bag of air. ABC, CBS and NBC have ignored every new IRS scandal scoop. It's been 131 days since ABC last mentioned the IRS scandal, 102 days for CBS and 125 days of silence on NBC -- until there was a very brief Chuck Todd mention of the IRS probe on Oct. 30.

Obama only looks "relatively scandal-free" when the media quit doing their job and choose to dwell in a wonderland of denial.


Brent Bozell

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