LA Times Hack Lauds IRS Targeting of Tea Party Groups
Writer whitewashes feds’ punishment of government critics as routine act of regulation
Paul Joseph Watson
May 15, 2013
The scandal involving the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party groups over their political leanings has been slammed as “intolerable and inexcusable” by Barack Obama himself, but the witch hunt has at least one vehement supporter – the LA Times’ Michael Hiltzik.
In an article entitled The real IRS scandal, Hiltzik sardonically downplays how “everyone is screaming about the “scandal” of the Internal Revenue Service scrutinizing conservative nonprofits before granting them tax-exempt status.”
For Hiltzik, the fact that “political organizations are being allowed to masquerade as charities” is the real scandal. “It’s about time the IRS subjected all of these outfits to scrutiny,” he urges.
He goes on to whitewash the IRS’s deliberate targeting of groups based on their political backgrounds, dismissing the entire issue as a routine act of regulation on the part of the federal agency.
“[O]nce again, now that the agency has tried to regulate, the regulated parties have blown its efforts up into a “scandal,” he writes, scoffing at claims that the IRS’s actions were “chilling” or “un-American.”