I really don’t understand why these imbeciles do this. Do they think their reality avoidance fools anyone?
LA Times columnist, Michael Hiltzik, pens an entirely disingenuous article in defense of the indefensible.
Really, that’s the title of the article. It’s is typical leftist projection? The IRS after prompting by leftist senators, and direction from who knows, undertook a witch hunt targeting not just TEA party groups, but also religious groups and pro-life groups. But, leftist Hiltzik projects this upon the reaction of such. Fantastically, he pens this…..
[W]hile Washington remains wrapped up in its witch-hunting cabaret about whether rank-and-file employees in the agency’s Cincinnati outpost selected — excuse me, “targeted” — conservative organizations for special scrutiny of their eligibility for preferential tax treatment simply because of their political leanings.
Thus far, there’s no evidence that’s what happened. Indeed, the IRS inspector general has found that groups whose names featured “tea party,” patriot,” or other terms favored by conservatives were a minority of the organizations selected for scrutiny.
No evidence? Riiiiight …….. No evidence? Who’s he lying to? The IRS has already publically acknowledged that they’ve targeted Tea party groups and have even apologized for doing so. But, Hiltzik would have his readers remain ignorant of such facts. He quotes the IG report?
First: The whole point of the Inspector General report — the heart of its conclusion — was that the “[IRS] Determinations Unit developed and used inappropriate criteria to identify applications from organizations . . .” (page 5). ……on page 7, it notes that at one point, even some at the IRS recognized how inappropriate the criteria were, and ordered them changed to focus on the potential “political, lobbying, or [general] advocacy” activities of the orgaization — but that they then were improperly changed back to “focus on the policy positions of organizations instead of tax-exempt laws and Treasury Regulations.”
Second: Hiltzik argues that because “groups whose names featured ‘tea party,’ ‘patriot,’ or other terms favored by conservatives were a minority of the organizations selected for scrutiny,” this means no targeting occurred. In doing this, he parrots a defense offered in the IG report on page 8, but not one that comes from the IG, as he implies. Instead, the report states that
According to the [IRS] 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 tha tthe IRS was not political biased in its identification of applications for processing by the team of specialists.
Notably, the IG (still on page 8) goes on to state that
While the team of specialists reviewed applications from a variety of organizations, we determined during our reviewws . . . that all cases with Tea Party, Patriots, or 9/12 in their names were forwarded to the team of specialists.
She goes on, and it’s worth the read. She more than adequately dispatches Hiltzik’s lies, but, again, this isn’t in contention. The IRS has already admitted to undertaking such actions. Anyone stating differently is either an imbecile, or simply trying to mislead people.
Why is the LA Times going broke? Gee, I wonder why? You get more truth at an admittedly ideological advocacy blog such as this one.