Talk show host Joe Scarborough attacked the liberal media on Tuesday, claiming they exhibit a bias when it comes to reporting stories about Republicans.
The investigation of the Internal Revenue Service is a case in point, Scarborough said. Congress is investigating the IRS targeting of conservative groups seeking nonprofit status, and John Koskinen, the agency's commissioner, testified on Capitol Hill Monday.
Rather than making headlines, Scarborough noted the story on the front page of The New York Times involved questions about New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the Pulaski Skyway bridge, while the IRS story was published deep inside the paper.
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"This is unbelievable. We could talk about The New York Post, as well. It is impossible that The Washington Post and The New York Times are not putting on the front page of their newspapers the fact that an internal investigation has been launched by the IRS on the most shady behavior.
"And yet, they put Pulaski Sky bridge, whatever, on A-1? Whatever. This is garbage," Scarborough, a former Republican Florida congressman, said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
In a contentious hearing Monday on Capitol Hill, Koskinen answered questions regarding lost emails of former agency official Lois Lerner. Scarborough claimed the media would demand answers if it was a Republican administration under scrutiny. He said Koskinen exhibited "arrogance" when explaining to Congress why the agency lost the emails.
"For the IRS to have a commissioner go on Capitol Hill and show that kind of arrogance, like, 'How dare you audit us,' is basically what he is saying," Scarborough said. "What if Republicans said that? What if we said that? Come on, guys. Who in the world would do that in the [former President George W.] Bush administration?" Scarborough asked.
"That's not the way it operates. When Republicans do this, we get those answers. You know why we get those answers? Because The New York Times goes after it every day. USA Today goes after it every day. The Washington Post goes after it every day. The Boston Globe. NBC News goes after it every day. CBS News goes after it every day," he said.
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