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May 19, 2013 - 12:41 pm
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NPR tried its best to dismiss the IRS scandal by attempting to show that both sides had problems with the agency:

The IRS has admitted it flagged applications from groups with “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names. But applications from other groups were closely scrutinized as well.

An Austin, Texas-based progressive group, Progress Texas, was one of them. Its executive director, Ed Espinoza, says it took almost a year and a half for the IRS to review the application from his organization. The process included answering a detailed questionnaire.

“It was nine pages and 21 questions, and inside those 21 questions, there were additional questions,” Espinoza says. “So it was fairly extensive, and it was fairly thorough.”

In 2010, some 1,700 applications for 501(c)(4) tax-exempt status came into the Cincinnati office. That number nearly doubled by 2012. Yet according to the , just one person was originally given the task of sifting through the applications deemed politically sensitive. Marcus Owens, a former IRS official, says that’s a lot of work for one staffer.

“These were applications that were identified because they were likely to have issues that were complex, which means that they were going to take more time,” Owens says. “So it seems like that would be more than one person could easily handle.”

Another application that seemingly got caught up in the backlog came from a group of journalists in Chicago. The Chicago News Cooperative provided news for the Midwest edition of The New York Times. The co-op also sought tax-exempt status. Veteran journalist James O’Shea, a former managing editor of The Chicago Tribune, was in charge.

“There were political organizations trying to get these exemptions, and I think the IRS was concerned — and probably appropriately so — that some of these news organizations were really political organizations,” he says, “and so they were examining that, and we just got caught up in that.”

For more than two years, the Chicago News Cooperative waited for an IRS ruling. But without tax-exempt status, foundation support dried up, and the cooperative went out of business.

Aside from taking out the world’s smallest violin to mourn the passing of a liberal non-profit, what exactly is the relevance of including this group and lumping it in with conservative groups — including pro-life and other social-issue groups?

The answer is false equivalency. It isn’t relevant despite the effort to make it so. There is no comparison in how the IRS looked at conservative and liberal groups, and the left should give up the effort.

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Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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The IRS audits lots of individuals and businesses every year. That's not an issue if the audits are random or based on some objective, non-partisan criteria.

The issue here is whether political opponents of the president were singled out for special attention. They were.
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As the IRS has become the IRSTASI with the 501(c)(4)s, there is no evidence the exemption category can be done or functions other than a weapon. The 501(C)(4) exemption should be deleted.
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"Liberals are missing the point; it isn’t numbers, it’s the criteria used to single out applications for special scrutiny."

It isn't even that. It's the fact an agency exists that has authority to give "special scrutiny" of this kind in the first place. It's the existence of the IRS and of a dysfunctional and untenable tax code that's the problem.

Criteria, shmiteria.
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Well, I was around for Watergate, and so far this is tracking. It took quite a while for the pot to boil, but it was a steady drip...drip...drip. The guys who specialize in scandal supression tell you to throw it all out there as fast as possible, because it's the only way to stop the damage. But they aren't doing that. So why? Well, one hypothesis is pretty obvious...our President is up to his silly neck in necrotic fluids.
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I think what's happend is President Irrelevant is reaping the downside to "plausible deniability." There is no one person in the Maladministration who knows all of what's been going on because everyone has been devoted to ensuring the little god-king himself never has dirt under his fingernails -- and apparently it hadn't occurred to any one of them that anybody else might be doing anything wrong too.

Top of the food chain, responsible for everything. Kinda sucks, if you don't know $#!+ about managing people.
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Has pjmedia been attacked by a random noun-dropper? I find this sentence in this column: "Yet according to the , just one person was originally given the task of sifting through the applications deemed politically sensitive." I just found a similar omission in Theodore Dalrymple's column. And commented on it, yes. I'll be quite content if someone corrects the mistakes and deletes my annoying posts.
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Looks like the Cincinati office that was uncerimouniously tossed under the bus have returned the favor:

http://washingtonexaminer.com/anonymous-cincinnati-irs-official-everything-comes-from-the-top./article/2530001

Interesting - I hope they were smart enough to save the 'directives' that gave them license to screw with conservative political action groups.

I guess the worker-bees aren't going alone into that dark night.
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and the biggest joke is that people don't think that targeting conservative groups was political in nature.

Followed only by the person in charge of the division, now trying to tell us that she didn't know it was happening, but was running her division so well that very generous bonuses were given to her for her good work.

How do you have good work when your department is running amok and violating the laws, and not only do you keep your job, you get bonuses and then are promoted to head the IRS division of health care.
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I was wondering when the victim-hood class would jump on the band-wagon.

We certainly didn't have long to wait did we?

I'm certain this is nothing more than an attempt by progressive organizations to water down the efficacy of the IRS's shameful actions.
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GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT

The IRS took a distinctly un-American view of conservative, Tea Party and other groups. It had it bass ackwards.
The tax-exempt status should've been given. Then these groups could've been investigated or profiled to see if they broke the law. Instead they were assumed to be guilty from the outset.
The IRS then broke the law by denying these groups their rights under Citizens United.
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I wonder how this tool General Ramen Noodle will explain away and enable the targeting of individuals on Obama's enemies list - the list where there is no dispute the donors were named by name on the Reelect Obama website?

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/your-world-cavuto/2013/05/15/romney-donor-claims-he-was-unfairly-targeted-irs
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Yep. Front page NY Times; first to deflecft the damage. What else is new?
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