Howard Fineman: White House Not Doing Itself Any Favors with IRS Scandal
May 21, 2013 - 8:52 pm
So far, voters don’t seem to be abandoning President Barack Obama over controversies gripping the Beltway world. But White House aides are tempting fate with their reluctant, piecemeal and contradictory disclosures of what they knew and when they knew it, especially about a report on the Internal Revenue Service’s 18-month effort to target tea party and other conservative groups for special scrutiny.
The aides either have forgetten or are unable to implement the basic lesson of scandal control in Washington: Get the full story out — all of it — as fast as you can before your critics accuse you of a cover-up or worse.
Fineman goes on to mostly indict Jay Careney’s incessant buffoonery but paints a picture of a grossly incompetent response to a pretty big deal. I’m not the first to make this observation but it bears repeating: the press and hardcore fans of the Idiot King still speak as if he single-handedly killed Osama bin Laden because he’s the guy who is always in control. Now, in an effort to cover for him, they’re willing to portray him as an executive who has no control whatsoever over his people.
As we’ve seen so many times in the past five years, there seems to be a neverending supply of room under the Obama bus and it’s not inconceivable that the lapdog media is helping set up any number of White House staffers to throw under it to save the “historic” president.