IRS Scandal: Washington Post Factchecker Busts Washington Post
Ed Morrissey of Hot Air makes a great bust here.
Sunday, the Washington Post's Zachary
Goldfarb and Kimberly Kinday tried
to argue that one reason the IRS might have singled out Tea Party and other
conservative groups for paralyzing harassment in 2010 was due to a sudden surge
in applications for a 501 (c)(4) tax-exempt status:
In early 2010, an Internal Revenue
Service team in Cincinnati began noticing a stream of applications from groups
with political-sounding names, setting in motion a dragnet aimed at
separating legitimate tax-exempt groups from those working to get candidates
The IRS officials decided to single
out one type of political group for particular scrutiny. “These cases involve
various local organizations in the Tea Party movement,” read one internal IRS
e-mail sent at the time.
Even if that were true, the excuse would make no sense. But according
to The Washington Post's own
factchecker, Glenn Kessler, it is not true. Monday, Kessler awarded the full
boat of four Pinocchios to Lois Lerner, the IRS director of the exempt
organizations division, for making the
same claim/excuse the Post did:
The targeting of groups began in
early 2010, after the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizen’s United was
announced on Jan. 21. The ruling paved the way for political groups to apply
under a tax-exempt status known as 501(c)4. Most charities apply under 501(c)3,
but under 501(c)4 nonprofit groups that engage in “social welfare” can also
perform a limited amount of election activity.
At first glance, the Inspector
General’s report appears to show that the number of 501(c)(4) applications
actually went down that year, from 1,751 in 2009 to 1,735.
But it turns out that these are
federal fiscal-year figures, meaning “2010” is actually Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept.
30, 2010, so the “2010” year includes more than three months before the Supreme
Court decision was announced.
Listen, The Washington
Post is quite obviously worried about how this trifecta of ever-expanding
scandals might damage Barack Obama and his agenda. For example, Sunday, the Post broke a major story about the Obama
Department of Justice digging
into the emails of Fox News reporter James Rosen. But the Post hid their own scoop under this
silly, generic headline: "A
rare peek into a Justice Department leak probe".
Who hides their own major scoop?
Water carriers who wish they had never found it.
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