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The “liberal media” fails again; and in this case both figuratively and literally....

ABC News (and I use the term News only because they do) ran a story about Darrell (less than highly credible (http://www.politicususa.com/...)) Issa's accusations that the order for the IRS to targeted conservative groups was generated  from “somewhere” in D.C. (  http://abcnews.go.com/...).  

Now, back in the good old days, you would have expected the journalist presenting this information (@ArletteSaenz ) to have requested evidence and published that evidence for the claims made (especially considering the source).  But, O.K. We don't live in the good old days.  We now live in the “he said / she said,” “all narratives are equal regardless of the evidence” days.

Fair enough, but damn Arlette, there is no “she said” there.  No comment from the administration, not even a... “the administration was contacted, but we had not received a response by the time this went to press.”

The story is a now a top runner on Yahoo News (again I use the word “news” advisedly).  It appears the popular media isn't even trying to be objective any more.  Which leads me to a question:

Are our corporate overlords desperate or just convinced that they have it won?

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  •  Won nt (5+ / 0-)

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 07:26:03 PM PDT

  •  Jonathan Karl is probably pissed off... (4+ / 0-)
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    sunbro, Rev1800, Matt Z, nomandates

    that Issa didn't leak (what are alleged to be) partial transcripts of closed door interviews to him.

  •  You should have heard Rove on ABC this morning. (10+ / 0-)

    He was practically shouting that the President himself ordered it.  And calling every bit of evidence to the contrary a lie.

    And you know these people.  The more and the louder they shout, the more they're lying.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 07:41:45 PM PDT

  •  Darrell Issa and Joseph McCarthy, two like-minded (4+ / 0-)
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    sawgrass727, Rev1800, Matt Z, nomandates

    witch-hunt purveyors.

    -4.75, -5.33 Cheney 10/05/04: "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11."

    by sunbro on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 08:09:29 PM PDT

  •  ABC is not liberal. (1+ / 0-)
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    eXtina

    The conservative media failed by printing this tail.

    Liberal media, where is that coming from?

  •  in a sense, they have it won (0+ / 0-)

    But, why is there such a stench of desperation in all the flailing, ridiculous, throw-anything-at-a-wall-in-case-it-sticks crapapolluza they're conducting?

    That was a rhetorical question. There isn't an answer.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 08:34:57 PM PDT

  •  Desperate n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z

    "The “Left” is NOT divided on the need to oppose austerity and the Great Betrayal. The Third Way is not left or center or even right. It is Wall Street on the Potomac."--Bill Black

    by lunachickie on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 08:37:39 PM PDT

  •  And what does the public think? (2+ / 0-)
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    Rev1800, nomandates

    Of course there's been a lot of polls lately about how the more the GOP screams at windmills, the worse they rank in public polls.

    Kinda reminds me of the GOP PR fiasco from 2005..

    Poll: No Role for Government in Schiavo Case

    Americans broadly and strongly disapprove of federal intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, with sizable majorities saying Congress is overstepping its bounds for political gain.

    The public, by 63 percent-28 percent, supports the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube, and by a 25-point margin opposes a law mandating federal review of her case. Congress passed such legislation and President Bush signed it early today.

    That legislative action is distinctly unpopular: Not only do 60 percent oppose it, more -- 70 percent -- call it inappropriate for Congress to get involved in this way. And by a lopsided 67 percent-19 percent, most think the elected officials trying to keep Schiavo alive are doing so more for political advantage than out of concern for her or for the principles involved.

    I guess what this actually reveals is what a pathetic political memory the public has.   The latest GOP is the same GOP as 2005.  And the same GOP when Gingrich was Speaker.   Republicans no longer have any realistic policy for governing--they only grandstand.   And I suppose they'll keep grandstanding because they know memories are short.
    •  Exactly and... (1+ / 0-)
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      nomandates

      Sawgrasss,

      You have a great point.  Not just with the Schiavo case, but Social Security, Medicare, Background checks on fire arms, taxes, etc. ad nausea...

      And yet, our elected officials vote differently than what we desire.

      There are two different reasons that I could see this happening:
      1) They have have honestly studied the facts of the issues deeper than we have and honestly feel that they are voting the peoples interest.  Or 2) the system is rigged toward the Golden Rule, those with the gold make the rules.

      I'll let an informed public decide (informed public; funny, this is one of the few places I think I could have written that without meaning it sarcastically.  That, I think, is the real problem that needs addressed.

  •  David Gregory was just as bad as ABC! (4+ / 0-)
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    JoanMar, devis1, bepanda, nomandates

    Today Gregory is asking David Axelrod " I mean can the President really get anything done when he has been totally distracted by all of these scandals?"   I was sitting there waiting  for Axelrod to come back with the best come back which should have been, well David just like the American people in the Quinnipiac poll, the President is focused on Jobs and the economy and wants to get things done to make the Middle class feel secure and the economy stronger.  I think that it is the press like yourself who is fixated on trying to turn phony scandals into ratings.  Its you and your colleagues who seem distracted to me by shiny objects instead of facts.

    These Dem guests seem so unprepared to counter the easiest of lies to debunk...like when that twit Marcia Blackburn spurted out that The IRS head Shulman had visited he white house 157 times...It was a perfect opportunity for Axelrod to tell her right on TV, " Thats what happens when you get your news from right wing blogs with no facts.  The truth is he was cleared to come 157 times, but if you had actually researched it before coming on here and blurting out non facts, you would have seen that he only actually visited 11 times...very reasonable.

    The leadership in the PR department is lacking to say the very least for the Democrats.

  •  Where can we find this liberal media? (7+ / 0-)

    Wait, I know! In company with the Loch Ness monster, Bigoot and the dodo, that's where.

    On Saturday, one (new?) guy on CNN had breaking news about a new scandal! at the IRS and he wanted to know what the President had to say about it. Was there a siege mentality at the WH?

    As Ed Shultz pointed out on his program tonight, the Sunday morning talk  shows spent a combined 4 minutes talking about the economy. The rest of the time was spent hyperventilating about whatever bullshit the Republicans threw out for them to gobble up.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 09:41:54 PM PDT

    •  And may I add that I was very disappointed (4+ / 0-)

      with the Davids - Axelrod and Plouffe - this morning.
      Let's face it, they are not compelling speakers. They do not appear to have very forceful personalities.
      They come across as wishy washy, uncharismatic and, dare I say it - uninformed and uninspiring. Very disappointing and frustrating.

      Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

      by JoanMar on Sun Jun 02, 2013 at 09:49:04 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  ABC did present evidence. (0+ / 0-)

    The story is about the fact that Issa said it. ABC's evidence is infallible -- he said it. On CNN. There is video. I've seen it myself.

    When a U.S. Senator drops a bombshell, that is the news. No one has ever, or will ever, delay reporting a statement from a Senator until they review evidence that it's accurate.

    I mean, Jesus, can you imagine? They literally could tell any bullshit lie they want at any time, and there would be zero consequences:

    "Welp, looks like the Vice President didn't actually sell Hawaii to the Japanese. That's a negative guys, cut the story about Senator McCain's interview."

    I don't know anything about "liberal media," but your expectations are weird because it has never been that way. Honestly, it sounds like you're mad and just want to have someone to blame. I'd start with Washington.

  •  Relax. (2+ / 0-)
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    Deep Texan, serendipityisabitch

    The issue was directed by "Washington."

    Washington tax attorney specialists, to be exact. These individuals answer questions from the tax-exempt division in Ohio about what level of political activity is acceptable for 501(c)(4) status.

    The tax attorneys work in what is known as the EO Technical Unit -- in Washington.

    They write the IRS tax code and were gathering information on the issue to further define this tax exemption.

    A Cincinnati IRS employee identified a tea party case in February 2010 with a problem: The group had checked the box saying it engaged in political activity, but the line agent was not sure how much political activity was allowed for tax exempt status.

    The employee's question was sent up through the line to Washington, where the tax attorney experts were asked to develop future guidance to answer that question.

    If you are reading this, then you know what really happened.

    Meanwhile, get ready for months of uninformed blogspill, blogswill, and eye-rollism right here at Daily Kos.



    Denial is a drug.

    by Pluto on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 01:05:47 AM PDT

  •  THey have changed the terms (0+ / 0-)

    It's shifted from "tea party" to "conservative."

    Streichholzschächtelchen

    by otto on Mon Jun 03, 2013 at 05:48:42 AM PDT

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