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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.