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Bryan Preston


May 14, 2013 - 11:48 am

During today’s press briefing, White House spokesman Jay Carney retreated to President Obama’s line on the IRS targeting scandal. On Monday, Obama qualified his comments on it, saying that “if” the IRS targeted conservative groups, it was outrageous.

There is no “if.” The IRS admitted to the targeting when it apologized for it last Friday, at the same time that it dishonestly limited to the targeting to a single office in Cincinnati.

Today, Carney stretched the meaning of “if” to new lengths.

“If I could then goo back to the IRS issue,” said a reporter from the AP. “The president did use the word ‘if these activities had taken place,’ but there has been an acknowledgement on the part of the IRS leadership that these things did indeed occur. I wondered why the president used that phrasing in claiming that it was outrageous?”

“Those from the IRS that have spoken about this obviously have much greater insight into what took place than we do. We have not seen the report. We have not independently collected information about what transpired. We need the independent inspector general’s report to be released before we can make judgments. One person’s view of what actions were taken or what that individual did is not enough for us to say something concretely happened that was innapropriate,” said Carney.

Video at the link. Carney stated several times that he could not comment on the IRS scandal because an investigation is ongoing. That did not stop him from commenting on Benghazi, which continues to be investigated. Carney consistently characterized Benghazi as a political nothing that Republicans have trumped up to hurt the president.

NPR, meanwhile, reports that the IRS targeted 298 groups. There is no “if.”

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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The progressive-leaning investigative journalism group ProPublica says the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) office that targeted and harassed conservative tax-exempt groups during the 2012 election cycle gave the progressive group nine confidential applications of conservative groups whose tax-exempt status was pending.

The commendable admission lends further evidence to the lengths the IRS went during an election cycle to silence tea party and limited government voices.

ProPublica says the documents the IRS gave them were “not supposed to be made public”:

The same IRS office that deliberately targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status in the run-up to the 2012 election released nine pending confidential applications of conservative groups to ProPublica late last year... In response to a request for the applications for 67 different nonprofits last November, the Cincinnati office of the IRS sent ProPublica applications or documentation for 31 groups. Nine of those applications had not yet been approved—meaning they were not supposed to be made public. (We made six of those public, after redacting their financial information, deeming that they were newsworthy.)

The group says that "no unapproved applications from liberal groups were sent to ProPublica.”

According to Media Research Center Vice President for Business and Culture Dan Gainor, ProPublica’s financial backers include top progressive donors:
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