IRS Scandal Gets Scant Media Coverage

Friday, 27 Jun 2014 12:45 PM

By Michael Reagan

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The mainstream media’s double standard when it comes to the Obama administration has now become so blatant that even members of the mainstream media are noticing.
 
NewsBusters’ Curtis Houck — who watches MSNBC so we don’t have to — came across this interesting exchange. Mark Halperin, the senior political analyst for Time magazine, said the "missing" IRS email may be the biggest challenge to the MSM’s credibility with the public.
 
He went on to explain, “It's incumbent upon all of the national media to aggressively ask more questions. The Republicans in Congress are asking questions. I think with a different administration, one that was a Republican administration, this story would be a national obsession and, instead, it's getting coverage here and a few other places, but it really deserves a lot more questions.”
 
I think it goes without saying that if ACORN had been targeted by the IRS during the Bush presidency the media would have entered a feeding frenzy.
 
But we don’t have near the attention given to the IRS because today’s media is dominated by the left. Barack Obama is one of their own and none of the media lemmings wants to be the first to say he doesn’t think it’s a good idea to go over the IRS cliff.
 
We even have the bizarre experience of seeing media figures recycle White House spin to explain away the lack of coverage.
 
Al Hunt, formerly of the Wall Street Journal and now with Bloomberg View, feels coverage of the scandal has been plenty, particularly considering the events were just “absolutely outrageous behavior by bureaucrats” with no evidence of White House involvement.
 
As a friend of mine tweeted, this explanation is the public sector’s equivalent of how Ron Ziegler (Nixon’s Jay Carney) dismissed Watergate as a “third-rate burglary” in 1972. Yet only two years later Nixon resigned because it took determined and dogged journalists fought through White House stonewalling and lies.
 
Today mainstream journalists evidently think it’s their job to help shore up the stonewall when it starts showing cracks.
 
When Sen. Sam Ervin’s committee began investigating Watergate the major networks televised the hearings live. Today Rep. Trey Gowdy’s hearing into the IRS scandal is only to be found on C–Span.
 
Investigating the IRS scandal is actually more important than Watergate. In that case the chain of events began with Nixon and his aides using the campaign apparatus to break the law. Government was not directly involved initially, only political appointees.
 
The IRS scandal involves using one of the most feared and powerful government enforcement agencies to target and harass private citizens who only wanted to exercise their constitutional right to participate in the political process. This scandal turns the government against the citizens.
 
Journalists in 1972 didn’t take the White House’s word that Watergate was a third-rate burglary and they should not accept White House spin today that claims the IRS scandal was a few low-level, rogue employees.
 
Otherwise, in the future please spare us the boasts regarding journalistic ethics and your unbiased approach to the news.
 
Michael Reagan is the son of President Ronald Reagan. He is president of The Reagan Legacy Foundation and chairman of the League of American Voters. Mike is an in-demand speaker with Premiere. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.
 
 
 

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