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Many questions on Benghazi and the IRS/Tea Party scandals

Drudge, linking this New Yorker story, is reporting that the Press Corps may be turning on Benghazi:

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And while we do see the story breaking through into the mainstream media, they still seem more fascinated with human interest stories than Democratic scandals.  Last evening at the gym, I caught ABC’s “World News with David Muir” to see the eponymous anchor lead off with a story about the brothers of the creepy Cleveland kidnapper/rapist.

“What did they know?” I read on the closed captioning.

Shouldn’t journalists be asking that question not about two men (apparently) wrongly incarcerated for a crime their brother committed, but about the immediate past Secretary of State and the incumbent President of the United States?  Did Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama knew the the Benghazi talking points had undergone “12 revisions” and were “scrubbed of terror reference”?  If they didn’t know (and there is so far no evidence that they did) which White House and State Department officials did?  And why did they do the revising and the scrubbing?

Was there any coordination between the scrubbers and the Obama campaign?  Or the Democratic National Committee?

And then we come to the questions about the other administration scandal brewing, the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups.  Even the most liberal Republican Senator is outraged.  Susan Collins finds it “absolutely chilling that the IRS was singling out conservative groups for extra review” and thinks “it’s very disappointing that the president hasn’t personally condemned this and spoken out.”

The gentlelady from Maine just doesn’t “buy that this was a couple of rogue IRS employees:

After all, groups with ‘progressive’ in their names were not targeted similarly. There is the evidence that higher level supervisors were aware of this. And the IRS was not forthcoming in telling Congress about the problem.

Once again, we have a similar set of questions. Who authorized this “targeting”?  Who crafted the list of crazy things the IRS asked of the Tea Party groups?   Had there been any input from the White House?  From the Democratic National Committee?

Perhaps, Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton were not involved in the revising (in the case of Benghazi) and the targeting (in the case of the IRS).  And like I said earlier, there is no evidence that either was.  But, Mr. Obama sure should be interested in finding out who is — and making sure they lose their government jobs.

UPDATE:  Over at Commentary, Jonathan S. Tobin offers three broad questions about Benghazi:

How is it that decision makers failed to understand the danger?

How is it that forces were not made available to save four Americans when they were placed in peril?

Why did the administration fail to tell the truth about all of this?

Read the whole thing.

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6 Comments

  1. Once again, the NY Times rides to the SCOAMF’s rescue: IRS Scandal another excuse for GOP to attack the president for political purposes.

    Comment by V the K — May 13, 2013 @ 4:36 am - May 13, 2013

  2. More than four Americans were in peril. The two former Seals battled from the top of a building which enabled many to escape. They were killed by a mortar attack allegedly while painting a laser target on the attackers. As far as the white house and state were concerned they left way more than fourAmericans to die needlessly. Depravity on parade.

    Comment by Texann — May 13, 2013 @ 10:43 am - May 13, 2013

  3. A current Yahoo! headline: IRS singled out groups based on government criticism. The article ends with this background:

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s January 2010 “Citizens United” ruling unleashed a torrent of new political spending and 501(c)4 groups became a popular conduit for some of it, on both ends of the political spectrum, but especially for conservatives.

    The number of applications sent to the IRS by groups seeking 501(c)4 status rose to 3,400 in 2012 from 1,500 in 2010. As money poured into 501(c)4 groups, campaign finance activists began to raise questions and demanded a crackdown by the IRS.

    Translation: We’ve had a reversal. After _Citizens United_, lefties wailed about corporate money pouring into politics (by which they meant, conservative money). Leftie activists got their pro-Big Government cronies at the IRS to crack down on such money. Now comes the reversal: the leftie-inspired crackdown is being exposed. And simply exposing it reveals what it is: Big Government having overreached against its critics, which smells of fascism.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — May 13, 2013 @ 11:00 am - May 13, 2013

  4. Let’s see, the IRS scandal, by itself, would get Obama impeached in an intellectually honest world. You know, like it helped to do with Richard Nixon?

    Throw in Benghazi, Fast and Furious and Solyndra and you have a medial howling for the President’s proverbial blood — if he were a Republican, of course.

    But the Media will continue to spin the narrative (since the IRS came out with this, how much worse is the real story should someone start digging?) and pretend to get in front of this instead of Benghazi.

    And speaking of that physical manifestation of Evil, Nixon, how high was the body count of Watergate?

    What? None … seriously? That can’t be right. I always hear bleating about how evil Nixon is, and conversely how pure and wondrous the Lightworker is. Surely there must be some mistake, right?

    Or is it just a shameless, pandering media and a power-crazed, hypocritical Democratic Party?

    As ILC says, I am glad for one thing, the Obama Administration has let their masks slip and outed themselves as being lawless, incompetent, amoral, and overreaching. The question is, will it matter to the masses?

    I hope and pray that it does.

    Comment by acethepug — May 13, 2013 @ 12:24 pm - May 13, 2013

  5. Just read a blurb a bit ago, that Nancy Pelosi is saying that it’s because of Citizens United that the IRS attacked the Tea Party groups.

    In other words, “Screw the courts! We’ll shut ‘em down another way!” aka business as usual.

    Comment by The_Livewire — May 13, 2013 @ 3:10 pm - May 13, 2013

  6. Out of Cincinnati: I-Team: Emails describe IRS ‘criteria’ list for targeting tea party groups in Cincinnati office

    http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/investigations/i-team-emails-describe-irs-criteria-list-for-targeting-tea-party-groups-in-cincinnati-office

    In addition to the article, it has a “scrubbed” e-mail trail back & forth within the IRS. This is NOT the Cincinnati Office — this is the Beltway…Washington, D.C., talking about how to pick “Tea Party” Cases.

    It’s positively George Orwellian.

    ~ Fred

    Comment by Fred — May 25, 2013 @ 1:55 am - May 25, 2013

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