Drudge’s headline all day, from AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.
Spin begins on the next paragraph:
The agency — led at the time by a Bush administration appointee — blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware. But that wasn’t good enough for Republicans in Congress, who are conducting several investigations and asked for more.
Blame Bush, and blame the low-level people, who apparently just off and do this stuff on their own. Just like how Fast and Furious was really just done by a couple guys in the field and totally wasn’t so connected to the White House so Obama had to invoke executive privilege to cover his own corrupt ass. Oh, wait… that’s right.
White House spokesman Jay Carney declared it was indeed inappropriate for the IRS to target tea party groups. But he brushed aside questions about whether the White House itself would investigate.
Why investigate it? They agree with it.
The big question is: why is the IRS apologizing?
They must’ve gotten caught, and there must’ve been something about to break. They also timed this release on a Friday – when the White House does its traditional document dumps, because normal folks who go and do normal things on the weekends aren’t around to pay attention to this stuff. They don’t listen to Rush in the afternoon on weekends, they don’t sit down to Hannity on Saturday evening – they’ve got better things to do like go to the lake and go fishing or go out clubbing or hang out with their kids.
This is an apology sent out for something that’s horribly, offensively partisan – the IRS targeted enemies of the White House – and this was released on a day when the news from it can’t gather steam. It’s also released as the mainstream media is actually beginning to wonder what’s going on with Benghazi (which they hushed up last year so Obama could be reelected).
The full IRS questionnaire is here at the link.