MEDIA PARTISANSHIP (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

As promised, here is another blatant example of media partisanship – this one regarding the IRS scandal – which mainstream media have done their level best to suppress and bury for well over a year.

Excerpted from today\’s report at judicialwatch.org:

Judicial Watch announced that U.S District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan today threatened to hold the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court after the IRS failed to produce status reports and newly recovered emails of Lois Lerner, former director of the Exempt Organizations Unit of the IRS, as he had ordered on July 1, 2015.

During the a status hearing today, Sullivan warned that the failure to follow his order was serious and the IRS and Justice Department\’s excuses for not following his July 1 order were “indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd.” He asked the IRS\’ Justice Department lawyer Geoffrey Klimas,”Why didn\’t the IRS comply” with his court order and “why shouldn\’t the Court hold the Commissioner of the IRS in contempt.” Judge Sullivan referenced his contempt findings against Justice Department prosecutors in the prosecution of late Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) and reminded the Justice Department attorney he had the ability to detain him for contempt. Warning he would tolerate no further disregard of his orders, Judge Sullivan said, “I will haul into court the IRS Commissioner to hold him personally into contempt.”

Yesterday, Judicial Watch released the first batch believed to be newly recovered emails of Lerner. The new documents show that Lerner and other top officials in the IRS, including soon-to-be Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller, closely monitored and approved the controversial handling of tax-exempt applications by Tea Party organizations. The documents also show that at least one group received an inquiry from the IRS in order to buy time and keep the organization from contacting Congress.

“Indefensible, ridiculous, and absurd”? And then some.

We have the ludicrous spectacle of the IRS simultaneously claiming it has done nothing wrong, and doing absolutely everything it can in every way possible to avoid turning over documents that – if the IRS were telling the truth – would either be irrelevant, or would exonerate it.

It seems self-evident that the only reason the IRS would do this is if it was NOT telling the truth, and that lois “liar” lerner and her pals DID conspire to prevent 501(c)4 applicants with names that suggested opposition to President Obama\’s policies from getting tax exemptions, or being able to appeal rejections.

In your wildest dreams, could you ever imagine these same media giving, say, the Bush administration a free pass on this, the way they are giving one to Obama & Co.?

Regardless of your position on the IRS scandal, this should tell you everything you need to know about how today\’s mainstream media puts partisanship – its preference for one side of an issue – over journalism.

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