Whether this pans out or not, it’s an important marker of how the IRS targeting scandal and Barack Obama’s stewardship of the government have changed the way Americans view our government. “Our” no longer seems to be appropriate.
Larry Connors, a veteran local news anchor at KMOV Channel 4 in St. Louis, says that the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting him since an April 2012 interview he conducted with President Obama — a fact that he dismissed as coincidence until the recent reports about the IRS targeting conservative groups.
“Shortly after I did my April 2012 interview with President Obama, my wife, friends and some viewers suggested that I might need to watch out for the IRS. I don’t accept ‘conspiracy theories’, but I do know that almost immediately after the interview, the IRS started hammering me,” Connors wrote on his Facebook page late Monday night.
Connors’ questions for Obama touched on the economy and spending but were not exceptional in nature, according to his account. But following “allegations that the IRS focused on various groups and/or individuals questioning or criticizing government spending, taxes, debt or how the government is run,” Connors now believes there may be a possible connection.
He’s far from alone in this fear. After Obama joked about unleashing the IRS for political fun and profit in 2009, it became a legitimate fear to worry that the IRS may come down on critics. Tea Party groups worked around that fear for years. I even recall that after this story made the front page of AOL.com last year, a family member jokingly told me to make sure my own taxes were in order. They are and I wasn’t audited. Yet.
If I am at any point during the Obama years, will I connect it to exposing corruption on the US-Mexico border that goes all the way up to Janet Napolitano?
What do you think?
And with the AP scandal, it’s possible that DOJ has a record of my conversation with my family member. Who knows if the AP was the only news agency targeted?
Obama’s America, fundamentally transformed.