I read at the Fox News website on a regular basis. It is important to me as a liberal to read what the conservative take is on any given issue. Although Fox's bias is almost always transparently obvious, and predictable, when it comes to the alleged "wrongdoing" by the IRS....the non-scandalous "IRS scandal".....Fox News has been exceptionally deceptive and misleading.
If you go to Fox News online, type 'IRS scandal' into the search bar there, you'll find that Fox writers purposely lie about the alleged scandal in each and every article. Yes, Fox has proven to be untrustworthy for anyone seeking the unvarnished truth about almost anything....but on the alleged IRS wrongdoing, Fox has become a relentlessly shameless deceiver of it's audiences.
Here are four examples from four randomly chosen articles at the Fox News site....
"...meant to investigate IRS targeting of conservative groups."
"...regarding her involvement in the ongoing IRS Tea Party targeting scandal..."
"Lerner also refused to answer questions about her role in singling out conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status."
"The House Committee continues to the IRS in its 2012 targeting of Tea Party groups and other politically conservative organizations trying to get tax exempt status."
And on and on like that. No...really, on and on like that.
At Fox, it is taken as a given that the IRS "targeted" conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. The IRS did no such thing.
The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report titled Inappropriate Criteria Were Used to Identify Tax-Exempt Applications for Review made it clear that there was no "targeting." In the report was a chart showing that ony 1/3 of the scrutinized groups were conservative, saying
"According to the Director, Rulings and Agreements, the fact that the team of specialists worked applications that did not involve the Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 groups demonstrated that the IRS was not politically biased in its identification of applications for processing by the team of specialists."
If you read regularly at this blog, you know that I have already covered all this material from the beginning of the alleged scandal. From the start I called into question how the IRS could be accused of "targeting" conservative groups because the math, you know, didn't add up.
Out of almost 300 applications for tax exempt status that were given extra scrutiny by the IRS, only one third of those applications were from conservative groups. Further, out of all applications sent to the IRS originally, over 75% of those applications were from conservative groups.
All those numbers are factual and have been known for a long time...even at Fox.
Why, then, did this non-scandal become such a big, big scandal for conservatives? Here's the answer.....and you might want to bookmark the link to share with your conservative friends later....
The Treasury inspector general whose report helped drive the IRS targeting controversy says it limited its examination to conservative groups because of a request from House Republicans.
A spokesman for Russell George, Treasury’s inspector general for tax administration, said they were asked – by House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) – “to narrowly focus on Tea Party organizations.”
Get that? GOP Oversight Chair Darrell Issa instructed the Inspector General of the Treasury to "limit its examination to conservative groups because of a request from House Republicans."
What that means is that the IRS "scandal" has been a contrived hoax from the very beginning. House Republicans saw an opportunity to make news....literally....and so, in real time, they orchestrated completely fraudulent "oversight" hearings where information was purposely cherry-picked to mislead. Karl Rove would call it...."creating reality."
What is particularly troubling about all this is that even after clear evidence from the Treasury IG was revealed proving no specific groups were "targeted" by the IRS....and after the IG reported that he only reviewed the conservative groups given extra scrutiny by the IRS BECAUSE he was instructed by House Republicans to limit his review to only conservative groups.....Fox continues to claim that the IRS "targeted" conservative groups.
What is really unfortunate is how much time, effort, scheming, plotting, Kabuki theater....and taxpayer dollars ($40 million) have been spent by House Republicans to create the perception of a scandal where none exists.
But...there is no IRS scandal. None at all. If Fox News decides to include "the IRS targeted conservative groups" lie a zillion times in a zillion articles on their website.....it will never change the facts of this total waste of time non-scandal.
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