The Internal Revenue Service is under fire for targeting conservative political groups during the 2012 presidential election, according to a bombshell report released last week by the Associated Press.
In fact, according to the same report, the IRS has been flagging “tea party” and “patriot” groups dating back to at least 2010, the year of the massive November Red Wave midterm elections.
But almost as notable as the IRS supposedly targeting conservative groups is the fact that the media has been all over this story.
All over it.
The AP’s IRS report dominated most of last week’s White House press briefing, weekend network shows were flooded with questions about the scandal, and online publications splashed questions all over their front pages.
But here’s the thing: Some say the media is only tackling the IRS scandal so as to distract from the White House's Benghazi headache.
But this doesn’t make much sense. How does trading out one major scandal for another help anyone in the Obama White House?
It would make sense if, say, the media tried to distract from Benghazi with stories about movies, social issues, pop culture, etc. But reporting on government strong-arming (IRS) in place of seeming incompetence (Benghazi) isn’t exactly helpful to the Obama administration.
So what’s going on here? Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has a theory.
He believes the media is going all in on the IRS scandal to simply get it over with, sweep it out of the way, and the let the agency get back to doing what it does best: Collecting taxes for the government.
After all, Limbaugh reminded his listener, “Obamacare” is just around the corner and the IRS needs to be in top shape for that:
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