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June 24, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Those were the days. It was June, 2011. 24,000 pages of former Gov. Sarah Palin’s emails were released by the state of Alaska. She had resigned as governor nearly two years before, and was by then a happy private citizen.

The media were so interested in getting into every nook and cranny of those emails that they facilitated their release, and then crowdsourced processing them. The Guardian even published a guide.

“We think it’s important to get the documents out into the world as soon as possible and see what you think about them – just like we did with MPs’ expenses,” the Guardian wrote at the time.

The LA Times got in on the act. So did the Daily Beast. The Washington Post published a full searchable database of all 24,000 pages.

Mother Jones bragged that its own David Corn had gotten the emails released in the first place. Corn himself “live blogged” every discovery, as if he was Indiana Jones hunting the Lost Ark.

He’s a tool like that.

Palin’s emails turned out to be mundane stuff. There was no scandal in there, just waiting for the intrepid reporter to unearth it and put it in the Newseum.

The “lost” IRS emails are from the 2009 to 2011 — the period during which the IRS is accused of targeting conservatives for abuse, to such an extent that the tax agency may have impacted the 2012 election. Accused — the IRS admitted to the targeting, before blaming it on “rogue” officers,” before “losing” thousands of emails between Lerner and persons unknown outside the IRS itself.

That’s a big deal. If nothing else, access to the emails could prove whether the agency and the likes of Lois Lerner are guilty or innocent. An intrepid reporter could discredit Rep. Darrell Issa and his committee investigation pretty thoroughly.

Or they could prove that the IRS has been weaponized. They could even take down a sitting president. That opportunity doesn’t come along very often.

But Mother Jones doesn’t care. David Corn isn’t interested in the IRS emails, lost or not, at all. The Guardian isn’t crowdsourcing anything, isn’t talking with IT experts about the likelihood of the agency “losing” anybody’s emails, let alone the emails of 7 central scandal figures. The Washington Post relegates the scandal to a mere “controversy,” a far cry from the heyday of Woodward and Bernstein.

None of these media outlets are actively investigating the IRS, its targeting or its “lost” emails.

Because they’re partisan hacks like that.

 

 

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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And what would be the response of the media if Lerner's emails from 2008-2012 were to be "leaked" from an unidentified source? Would they put them on their website like the WaPo? (Incidently, Palin's emails are *still there*) Would they happily wave them about with baited breath, looking for anything they could use to put her in prison like they wanted to do with Palin? Or would they screech "Felony!" and demand that the leaker be found and crucified on a bed of hot coals?

The answer is obvious.
8 weeks ago
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Spot on. I wish I could believe the MSM knows Obama is nothing but an empty suit and their love of the IDEA of Obama clouded their view of the REAL Obama, but the sad fact that they are flat out ignoring scandals that would bring down any other man shows how much they still love this man. So sad that they have turned their backs on telling the truth.
8 weeks ago
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We thought the MSM was dead. It's just realizing its full power. The Clintons and their supporters never realized the full extent of what they could get away with. It is unlikely there will be much "blowback" from anything. Oh, the Republicans may get into power, but nothing like what happened after Watergate.

The simple point is, if Bill Clinton can be recognized as a great President, and stand at the podium of the convention of a party claiming its opponents were conducting a War on Women, then there is no crime, no scandal, that cannot be ignored or covered up. Oh, the long-term trend is against the MSM, but will we survive that long?

The following satirical article is closer to Fiction than Fantasy:

http://www.theonion.com/articles/media-having-trouble-finding-right-angle-on-obamas,2703/
8 weeks ago
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Oh, dear.

Does no one remember David Kernell?





8 weeks ago
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The WaPo is another Marxist propaganda rag pretending to be a news source.
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As for the LATimes, it has a disappointingly inward focus.
8 weeks ago
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The blow-back from the IRS scandal and the Mushroom Media handing the reporting, is go to be devastating for a LOT of people.

Many of these quislings will need to re-locate, I suspect.

If history tells us that the Civil War was a bit&#h, just wait for Civil War II.
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How will they find out about it?
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