IRS Scandal: Washington Post Factchecker Busts Washington Post


IRS Scandal

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 elected.

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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