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Ed Driscoll

Joe Klein’s Cry For Help

May 13th, 2013 - 1:44 pm

“Looks as though Joe Klein is back on the Narrative Plantation,” John Nolte writes at Big Journalism. “After blistering the Obama Administration over revelations that the IRS was targeting conservative groups, today Klein took his marching orders from Ezra Klein and publicly walked it all way back:”

I may have swung a bit too hard, putting Barack Obama’s Administration in the same league as Franklin Roosevelt’s and Richard Nixon’s when it comes to the Internal Revenue Service. The situation remains a major embarrassment, though.

The most important difference is that the Roosevelt and Nixon IRS depredations came from the White House. This mess seems to have percolated from the middle–the IRS’s Cincinnati office (a major facility, by the way)–up to the upper-middle. It was an overreaction, to be sure–but, as Ezra Klein explains, it was a response to a very real problem[.]

“So now Joe Klein is back in the club — back on the Narrative Plantation as a member of Ezra Klein’s JournOlist in good standing,” Nolte adds. “Now that everyone is in line and knows their place, the media can proceed to circle the wagons.”

I’d love to know how Joe was instructed to dial it back. Did anything need to be spoken, or was it simply understood? “Joe, you’re 66 years old, only a few years younger than Bob Woodward. You saw what me and the rest of the boys in the Juicebox Mafia did to him a couple of month ago, right? Shame if something like that were to happen to you…”

Update: And again (times two): “The New JournoList spin on the IRS,” as spotted by Meryl Yourish:

That’s funny. Two different articles, one in Mother Jones, one in the WaPo, yet they’re running the exact same explanation as to why the IRS targeted conservative groups filing for tax exemptions.

“I found two,”  Yourish adds. “How many more New JournoList IRS apologists can you find?” Add Klein to the list, which could keep on growing.

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When the Repub's run the place, the low level employees seem to do just fine and dandy at their jobs---it's only the top guys like Bush, Cheney, Rove, Libby that are supposedly corrupt.

Yet when its the Dem's that are running the place, the top folks like Obama, Hillary, Holder, and Napolitano are clean as a whistle, but suddenly the low level employees are completely incompetent and out of control. They walk off with FBI records, they hide Whitewater Legal documents, they mysteriously release the secret records of Linda Tripp, they somehow access Michael Steele's Social Security Number in order to run background checks on the guy, they target hundreds if not thousands of Americans with the power of the IRS, they get caught in secret recordings saying that the EPA ought to crucify American companies, they completely neglect to inform Sec State Hillary Clinton of security problems in Benghazi, they allow thousands of firearms to illegally get sent over the Mexican Border due to unaccountable low level snafu's...

Makes one curious to wonder how the low level guys dick stuff up so amazingly when they have such great leadership at the top to emulate, yet when they have lousy, corrupt republican leadership at the top, they do their jobs admirably.

Damn curious.
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Illegal immigration is a "very real problem," but we're not allowed to profile Hispanics. In fact, we're not even allowed to ask them for proof of citizenship when they're pulled over for a traffic stop. But it's okay to profile Tea Party groups?
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What "very real problem" is this? The right-wing tax protester loonie bin doesn't apply for permits. Blaiming this on the supreme court and the "Citizens United" decision? Hey, what happened to blaming everything on Bush, has that gone obsolete? This is more mush from the output orifice of the wimps.
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And the hits just keep on coming: the WaPo is now reporting on its website that IRS officials in DC at IRS HQ were involved in this as well. So much for the "low-level in Cincinatti" mee.
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Uh, "meme"
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All I can say with regards to this IRS criminal activity and the Benghazi obstruction of justice is this:

Ain't Karma a mutha, what goes around comes around.
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Well so far the Black Teflon is working fine and the Media are doing exactly as little as they can get away with.
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The other day, Juan Williams was on 'The Five'. INterestingly, he offered on Benghazi, "There's not there, there." Today, Obama offered that in his Presser. Looks distinctly like a trial balloon. I bet if we checked Williams' phone records, it would show a call from the WH. Fox should fire Williams. He's such a horrible shill for the Dems.
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Actually he is good as Comic Relief fro actual reporters on Fox. You always know where the "stupid" is when you here it on Fox,Its Juan.
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Spell check failed again,Sorry.
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The amusing part about the walk back is that the IRS hits just keep on coming:
-- ProPublica says te IRS leaked to it undisclosed application forms from conservative groups
-- the current (not former) IRS commissioner has known about this since last year

And I have the feeling there is more to come. ..bruce..
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Ouch. That clubbing must have hurt badly.

Sellout.
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I always thought Journolist would live and the child, Ezra Klein, would be at the center of it.
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Political incest apparently leads to political retardation. It like watching a marathon of people trying to run and masturbate at the same time.
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that was image I didn't need to imagine...
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The image of the running man may not be pleasant, but it's better than this one:

http://i.imgur.com/sYqNmBL.jpg
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And we are supposed to be comforted that it came from the middle instead of from the top? Even if that is true, it is actually worse! It means that the bureaucracy has chosen sides and is willing to act on it.

The Democrats don't even need to tell the busy little apparatchiks what to do anymore, they already know.
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