Still Lying About Lerner

Posted: April 17, 2014 by Marner in Conservative Shenanigans, Politics
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The usual suspects are still at it with the supposed IRS “scandal.” Judicial Watch released a Lerner email yesterday and Fox News ran with it. Fox rushed a story to their website with a headline saying Lerner contacted the Department of Justice about IRS targeting. Their story was about how Lerner had talked to DOJ about whether groups could be prosecuted for lying on their applications to the IRS. Fox News even ran at least one segment on TV with the chyron, “Email Shows Lerner Reaching Out to DOJ over Targeting.” Other conservative pundits and bloggers picked up the story and ran with it as even more evidence that Lerner was targeting conservative groups.

But it was all just one big lie.

If any of them had bothered to actually read the email (It’s pretty short, but I do realize that some conservatives have a problem with reading comprehension), they would have seen that the truth was the exact opposite of what they claimed.

The truth is that Sen. Whitehouse asked the DOJ at a hearing if these groups could be prosecuted for lying. In developing their response to Sen. Whitehouse, DOJ asked Lerner who they could talk to because the experts in tax law for these groups worked for her. Fox later changed the headline of their online story twice. The first change was “New Emails Show Lois Lerner Was in Contact with DOJ about Prosecuting Tax Exempt Groups.” That headline is still misleading because it implies Lerner and the DOJ were planning on prosecutions. Their current headline isn’t much better: “Uncovered IRS Emails Show Lerner Talked with DOJ about Pursuing ‘Political’ Groups.” The implication is still there.

Republican congressmen have jumped in with both feet. Rep. Jim Jordan had this to say:

“Now I see why the IRS is scared to give up the rest of Lois Lerner’s emails,” said Oversight Economic Growth subcommittee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan.

Not only do these e-mails further prove the coordination among the IRS, the Federal Election Commission (FEC), the Justice Department and committee Democrats to target conservatives, they also show that had our committee not requested the Inspector General’s investigation when we did, Eric Holder’s politicized Justice Department would likely have been leveling trumped up criminal charges against Tea Party groups to intimidate them from exercising their Constitutional rights,” Jordan said.

See what I mean about reading comprehension? Darrell “Gone in Sixty Seconds” Issa would not be left behind, though:

“The release of new documents underscores the political nature of IRS Tea Party targeting and the extent to which supposed apolitical officials took direction from elected Democrats,” Oversight chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said in a statement. “These e-mails are part of an overwhelming body of evidence that political pressure from prominent Democrats led to the targeting of Americans for their political beliefs.”

These people have really just become one big joke in their crusade to create scandals where none exist.

Update: And the shrieking harpy Pam Geller wins for most misleading headline – Documents: IRS Leadership Colluded with Holder Justice Department to JAIL Political Opponents of Obama | Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs

I’m not linking to her drivel. If you want it, you can find it.

  1. meursault1942 says:

    “But it was all just one big lie.”

    Which once again circles back to my challenge: Can you find a conservative stance/complaint/outrage du jour that isn’t based on a lie? It’s extraordinarily hard because they have made lies the foundation of their entire outlook, and it’s only gotten worse since, oh, I dunno, January 2009 or so.

    • mitchethekid says:

      What’s really shocking. Or disheartening is that so many people believe it. I can’t help but think that deep down inside, these conservative pundits despise their audience for being so gullible. Either that or they are so delusional that they believe it themselves.

    • Well, I pointed this out a few posts ago and it’s a relatively minor one but conservatives were entirely justified when they griped about Obama’s shameless pandering to the women vote by using the highly misleading 77 cent figure. Do I get a prize?

  2. More hilarity from Noonan. He’s exercised about imagined assaults on free speech while denouncing the right of people to boycott and the right of businesses to manage their own personnel. He genuinely doesn’t understand what freedom is, does he?

    Also, some revealing words from Spook:

    When someone condemns something I’ve said, my first reaction is, why? That simple one word question, more often than not, will open a dialogue, and, worst case scenario, you may just have to agree to disagree. Now if someone goes beyond disagreeing to attempting to punish me for something I said or prevent me from saying it, then my fall-back position is ALWAYS, “I will defend my right to say what I said with my life. Will you defend your position to punish me for what I said with YOUR life?

    Hmmmm. I guess that’s one way of looking at things. I guess another might be to take a moment to contemplate why your opinions are generating so much life-or-death condemnation and conflict in the first place. I suspect Spook gets a lot of polite nods and smiles as people slowly back away from him, palms up…

    • mitchethekid says:

      I especially liked it when he said that if someone was riling up a crowd by saying “Kill the Catholics!” that he’d (get this) step in and stop it. Explain to us you fucking freak, exactly how are you going to stop it? By peeing your pants? Becoming shocked and indignant? Running home to change into your Superman costume? Or commanding Jesus to suddenly manifest and turn the crowd into wine. Every single one of his posts has a focus on a made up negative. He has “oh woe is us” down to a science. For years he’s been trying to push the idea that a total collapse of social order is going to happen any minute now. Sadly, his predictions on everything from whose going to win an election to the precise minute that the rapture will happen have failed to materialize. But you’ve got to admire his utter lack of humiliation. Either that or his brazen delusions are awe inspiring.
      Our pals in Hell noticed to. I think my questioning the obvious is accurate as well.

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