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Ed Driscoll

The Palace Guard MSM Drops the Mask

June 25th, 2014 - 3:54 pm

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Since its birth in the 1920s with the first national radio networks, the modern MSM has always had a cozy relationship with power, and until the creation of Fox News, one channel on your TV dial or satellite guide, that power has almost exclusively meant their fellow Democrats. The media have long voted overwhelmingly Democrat in presidential elections; as Walter Cronkite once said at a Radio & TV Correspondents Dinner in the mid-1990s, in-between feting the Clintons on his yacht in Martha’s Vineyard,  “Everybody knows that there’s a liberal, that there’s a heavy liberal persuasion among correspondents.” But in the past, those correspondents at least paid lip service to being out for the little guy, and holding politicians’ feet to the fire. Al Roker of NBC has had enough of that pretention – and as we’ll see, he’s far from the only one. But first up, here’s Roker this morning, trashing a fellow NBC “journalist”:

At the top of the 9 a.m. ET hour on Wednesday’s NBC Today, weatherman Al Roker suggested in jest that his colleague David Gregory deserved to be punched in the face by former President Bill Clinton after the Meet the Press moderator asked Clinton in a recent interview about wife Hillary being “out of touch.” Roker joked: “You know, I’d give anything if after David finished the question, Bill just kind of hauled off and popped him. Just see what happens.” [Audio and video at NewsBusters – Ed]

What a fascinating development – of course, the fact that millions of potential viewers would also like to (hopefully only in the metaphoric sense) “haul off and pop” David Gregory helps to explain why Gregory’s ratings at Meet the Press are much more anemic compared to Tim Russert, his late predecessor, to the point where NBC has tried to stage an intervention to save Gregory from himself. But remember when journalists at least posed at asking tough questions to politicians? Here’s an NBC newsreader insulting another NBC newsreader for one of his very few questions asked to a fellow Democrat that caused him just a jot of discomfort, and yet Roker is mad at the interviewer for asking it.

And then there’s the IRS scandal.

“The IRS tea-party audit story isn’t Watergate; it’s worse than Watergate,” Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal perceptively noted earlier this month. “The Watergate break-in was the professionals of the party in power going after the party professionals of the party out of power. The IRS scandal is the party in power going after the most average Americans imaginable”:

Here’s a partial list of the American place names where the “tea party” groups audited by the IRS were organized: Franklin, Tenn.; Livonia, Mich.; Lucas, Texas; Middletown, Del.; Fishersville, Va.; Jackson, N.J.; Redding, Calif.; Chandler, Ariz.; Laurens, S.C.; Woodstown, N.J.; Wetumpka, Ala.; Kahului, Hawaii; Sidney, Ohio; Newalla, Okla.

He’s right, these people do live most of their lives in the shadow of daily American life, out of the public eye. Still, they considered themselves to be very much inside “our democracy.” Then the IRS asked them for the names of their donors, what they talked about, political affiliations.

The IRS tea-party audit story isn’t Watergate; it’s worse than Watergate.

The Watergate break-in was the professionals of the party in power going after the party professionals of the party out of power. The IRS scandal is the party in power going after the most average Americans imaginable.

They didn’t need to do this. The Obama campaign machine was a wonder, perfecting the uses of social media in 2008 and 2012. But the Democrats were so crazed in 2010 by Citizens United, so convinced that anyone’s new political money might bust their hold on power, that they sicced the most feared agency in government on people who disagreed with them.

It’s so crazed that Chuck Todd, former political operative to fellow Democrat Tom Harkin turned “NBC political director,” today lived up to both current and former titles when he asked regarding the IRS scandal, “Are there any actual real victims?”

So while the IRS is certainly not a good guy here they have been terrible about being forthcoming. Are there any actual real victims? Folks, this scandal is not black and white since frankly two wrongs don’t make a right. We know what really is working here for Republicans. Beating up the IRS, good for the base. Good politics there makes for great fundraising e-mails. But let’s remember what the controversy itself is about.

Also today, when it was announced that the EPA “unexpectedly” had a hard drive failure of its own (no word yet if a Roberto Clemente baseball bat was the proximate cause) when they were subpoenaed by a Congressional oversight committee, Sam Stein of the Huffington Post astonishingly tweeted:

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Somewhere, H.L. Mencken, who in the 1920s wrote, “It is the prime function of a really first-rate newspaper to serve as a sort of permanent opposition in politics,” is roaring with cynical laughter at the pitiful 21st century state of his profession.

Meanwhile back in reality — as opposed to the media fiction created by the Democrats and their operatives with bylines — the news gets worse regarding IRS malfeasance, as we’ll explore right after the page break.

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The conspiratorial media drops the mask?

If Johnny Bench wore a mask that thin, he'd have no teeth.

The EPA (which had an employee admit in sworn testimony in a deposition that they are intentionally planting anti-capitalsim programs into our economy) also "crashed" an email that was part of a subpeona request...and this proves that the other weaponized agencies that destroy evidence in a criminal investigation are innocent?

Only a Woodstock Jihadist could make a statement so Baghdad Bobbish.

There is a new game coming to a town near you. Please name the Obama administration atrocity that is so heinous, it could get the lapdog media to cover it honestly. Please be specific as to the elements of the atrocity and the type of coverage.

Winner gets a dollar...or Newsweek Magazine, whichever is of greater value on the date of announcement as valued by the judges.
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The Republican Party drops the mask. It is now a part of the Alinsky Democrat evil corrupt machine. It has one mission it is proud to get behind - destroying conservatism.
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To Chuck Todd: Actual victims? You joke right? All the tea party groups who were denied tax exemptions so their donations dried up? Did those circumstances occur to you? What about Catherine Engelbrecht who in addition to the above, subsequently was subject to audits from the IRS, OSHA, ATF, over a dozen visits from the FBI, etc. because the IRS, at Elijah Cummings bidding, decided for some reason that she was unsavory and not toeing the leftist party line? She had to hire counsel, devote time effort and money of herself and her staff to comply. You sir are a moron.

To Sam Stein: Excuse me? The fact it appears EPA was also destroying incriminating emails makes it more likely the IRS wasn't? That these things just happen? No sir. It means this is the most corrupt administration ever, and each and every agency within it is willing to break the law and obstruct justice to hide their crimes and protect the administration.
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I have listened to both parties try to trump up impeachment talk against presidents since Nixon and have been disgusted. Nixon was a real crook, but only a half bad president. Paranoia, I think, did him in and caused him to really cheat in a criminal way. In the end just a sad chapter in our history. Obama is the first time I have seen the same level of crookedness in government since Nixon. We even have the modern day equivalent of tape gaps. It's pathetic. Obama is more likable then Nixon, but in the end I think Paul Ryan is right - nobody believes him.
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"she has a Blackberry that should be subpoenaed as evidence before its memory is smashed or wiped, if it hasn’t been already"...

Given the brazen attitude toward Congressional subpoenas, why would they bother to destroy anything before the subpoena. Then they'd have to guess what might be sought.
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The reptiles all wish they could go back to the glory days of Walter Duranty and Herbert Matthews. But, perhaps they have. There are such things a domestic enemies. There is such a thing as the party line. There is little or no difference between Stalin & Castro and Obama. Foreign and domestic enemies are still enemies.
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If the taxpayers, who ultimately the IRS relies on to file voluntarily, finally wake up to realize the IRS is as totally corrupt and morally bankrupt and as weakly defended militarily against the might of the American public as was the corrupt French Aristocracy and Bourbon monarchy in 1789, then God help that aristocracy when the public turns and stops paying their taxes to the Man. What will the corrupt, lying IRS do then? Make an example of everybody?
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Wouldn't metadata tell you where she was? And other people of interest?
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If anyone needs to be hauled off and punched, it's Al Roker.

I'll do it.
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The TEA Party representatives amount to no more than 1% or 2% of Congress.
Hardly a threat, unless the message they carry is "sunlight to a vampire."
While the actual number of TEA Party leaning voters is considerably larger, 15% to 20%, that worries the establishment.
The very threat of being responsible both financially and constitutionally lawful (you extremist, you) so frightens the "elected for life" bureaucrats there is no low too low, no lie to outrageous, no law immune from abuse to keep the ride going, even if it means killing the very Republic they so falsely claim to love.

They love only The Money, The Power, The Societal Control. Get it?

You Serfs can choke in he!! if you don't like it.
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Actually, the TEA-Party caucus in Congress was 56, last I knew. That's well more than 10%. I believe that number has grown since.
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Stop focusing on "crashed" hard drives!!!

The EPA (and IRS) email systems are distributed cloud based, therefore all email goes through servers and regional data centers. Backups upon backups exist at the server, virtual servers, SAN/NAS, and regional DR sites levels. And a very minimal amount of the backups exist on physical tapes. Most backups are on virtual tape libraries, which are backed up themselves.

Any emails stored on a user's hard drive are simply copies. The Agencies are counting on general ignorance, because most people understand a hard drive crash loses data, and the media are very eager to go along with that story. Most hard drives data can be recovered unless they have been physically damaged with a drill, hammer, etc.

Congress must appoint a special prosecutor and target the backup and storage systems immediately. I guarantee you all those emails still exist!

The special prosecutor should also start lining up the IT contractors who administer and operate the email infrastructure on a day to day basis. The contractors are not going to jail for their Fed overseers. They will roll, and the emails will be produced. As soon as there is a line of contractors ready to testify, you will see a vast frenzy of nervous Feds materialize. It would be fun to watch if the media would start doing their jobs....
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Bravo! The voice of reason. Even folks in flyover country are aware of this.
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If the Malfeasant Media says there is a tooth fairy, then there is a tooth fairy.
Get it?

My eighty-five-year-old mother doesn't know about computer servers, the rest of us with two working synapses do.

What is missing in the story is the little Nazis at the IRS shut the port to the emails off, while still paying the bill for the service. This is a crime that goes far beyond using the IRS to attack conservatives, this is a deliberate destruction of evidence. There is a record keeping law that was being deliberately broken, not just at the IRS but at the EPA also.

There needs to be a full scale audit of all record keeping in government. because there isn't a big enough dog in the world to eat all that homework.
This is corruption on a massive scale, a deliberate effort to commit crimes against the people and systematically destroy the electronic trail.

Just that act of systematically destroying evidence is as strong an indication of criminal wrong doing any judge or jury needs to indite.

What we are looking at is nothing less then an organized criminal empire, one that we are paying for through our "voluntary" taxes. One that not only doesn't represent us, but is actively working against the very people who finance it.
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Nope, they broke the law. Federal records retention stature.
Canceled their contract with a backup firm a few weeks after the subpoena.
Then proceeded to back up the Exchange servers to tape on a 6 month retention basis. After that, the tapes were re-used, and the data written over.
The only way to get those emails would be to subpoena all Federal employee emails and search them for the From: address matching Lerners.
They may exist, they may not, but it would be a pretty large task.
A more productive search might be to look at the distribution of here existing emails, previous and subsequent to the 'loss', and focus on those persons' emails.
What are the statistics on multiple hard drive failures? What is the normal occurrence rate for a group the size of the IRS? Why were the emails not recovered from the backup tape, at least the 6 months worth that should have existed? Lois didn't request that... Wonder why...
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Lerner's Blackberry probably fell in the river during a canoeing outing. That's what I'm tellin' 'em about my guns . . .
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The NOBLE 4th Estate. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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