Bill says it plainly: “Sorry, I donâ€™t know how to illustrate the disparity any more plainly.” Go have a look at what he’s talking about, and then mull the idea that this (via Glenn) is…well, John has done some damned fine and admirable work on this ought-to-be scandal, so “pathetic” is hardly the right word. But I still don’t see why he’s pulling punches and giving them the benefit of the doubt at this point:
Another shoe dropped a few days later, when Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Henry Waxman wrote a long letter to the President of Koch Industries, posing a series of questions about Kochâ€™s ostensible relationship to the Keystone Pipeline and requesting that Koch produce a long list of documents on the same topic. The letter repeatedly footnoted the March 20 Washington Post article and the IFG report on which it was based.
That raised another series of questions: did Eilperin and Mufson write their article not just to advance a Democratic Party talking point, but in explicit collaboration with Whitehouse, Waxman or other representatives of the Democratic Party? Was the article a put-up job, written for the specific purpose of being used by Whitehouse and Waxman in their attack on Koch? I asked those questions here, in a post titled, â€œBombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?â€ In order to get to the bottom of the scandal, I emailed Eilperin, Mufson and others at the Post and asked a series of questions, and requested production of documents, about the reportersâ€™ contacts with Whitehouse, Waxman and others in connection with the March 20 story. Having received no answer, I sent a follow-up email to the Post employees. I also sent a similar series of questions and requests for documents to Waxman and Whitehouse.
Still unanswered is the question why it was published. Why did the Washington Post print an article on Keystone that was entirely false and that had no apparent news value, based, as it was, on a six-month-old report by a goofy left-wing organization that hardly anyone has heard of? Why was the Postâ€™s storyâ€“published, as the authors acknowledge, for political reasonsâ€“almost immediately seized on by Congressional Democrats to justify an attack on Koch Industries? Did the Washington Post act in cooperation with Congressional Democrats? That is a very serious question, to which I do not know the answer. But the facts that we do know are damning. So is the fact that neither the Washington Post nor Senator Whitehouse nor Congressman Waxman will respond to our questions about whether they did or did not collaborate on the March 20 story.
There are serious questions here that need to be answered. Letâ€™s not let the Washington Post get away with stonewalling.
Of course they did, and do, and will continue to. We all know it. Might as well just say it right out loud.
It reminds me of those people out there who still insist on referring to Obama’s “misstatements” or some such euphemism on his “you can keep your plan/doctor/etc” lies. He was lying, ferchrissakes; he knew he was, and we know he was. There is simply no reason to call these things anything other than what they were: a direct, brazen lie in Obama’s case, and naked collusion in the Post’s. The WaPo is in fact a propaganda organ for the Democrat Socialist Party and the Left generally, and should have no more credibility with well-informed and honest observers than, say, the NYT does. We owe it to posterity to say so, without equivocation, throat-clearing, or weaseling around with them.
They’re liars, manipulating and obscuring the truth about what they are for nefarious purposes. They’re intent on helping to dismantle this nation top to bottom and remake it as something in direct conflict with the principles it was based on at its founding. I know John has to watch his step and all that, and I don’t really blame him for being the careful sort; we all know how thin the veneer of reasonableness and politesse is over the snarling, vindictive fascist just under the skin of every Progressivist. I just wish we could say so upfront and get on with the struggle to defeat them; that ain’t gonna happen as long as we feel we have to tiptoe around the truth.
And they’re not even the biggest part of the problem.
The war between Oversight Committee chairman Darrell Issa and the committeeâ€™s ranking member, Elijah Cummings, rages on.
Issa on Wednesday accused the Maryland Democrat of colluding with the Internal Revenue Service in its targeting of the conservative nonprofit group True the Vote, whose founder, Catherine Engelbrecht, said she received multiple letters from Cummings in 2012 and personal visits from the IRS and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Explosives. Engelbrechtâ€™s True the Vote is one of the many conservative groups that claims to have been improperly targeted by the IRS while it scrutinized the applications of tea-party groups.
In a letter signed by his five subcommittee chairmen, IssaÂ raisedÂ the possibilityÂ that Cummings coordinated with the IRS,Â â€œsurreptitiouslyâ€ contacting the agency to request information about True the Vote.
Hand in glove, people. Leftist criminal conspiracies, working together to influence “elections” we willfully deceive ourselves into believing are free, fair, and competitive. Hand. In. Glove.
And if you’re still telling yourself it’s all mere coincidence, you’re a damned fool.
Even as the IRS faces growing heat over Lois G. Lerner and the tea party targeting scandal, a government watchdog said Wednesday itâ€™s pursuing cases against three other tax agency employees and offices suspected of illegal political activity in support of President Obama and fellow Democrats.
In one case the Office of Special Counsel, which investigates federal employees who conduct politics on government time, said it was â€œcommonplaceâ€ in a Dallas IRS office for employees to have pro-Obamascreensavers on their computers, and to have campaign-style buttons and stickers at their office.
In another case, a worker at the tax agencyâ€™s customer help line urged taxpayers â€œto re-elect President Obama in 2012 by repeatedly reciting a chant based on the spelling of his last name,â€ the Office of Special Counsel said in a statement.
OSC said it is seeking â€œsignificant disciplinary actionâ€ against that employee.
What, you mean like this?
Another IRS employee in Kentucky has agreed to serve a 14-day suspension for blasting Republicans in a conversation with a taxpayer.
â€œTheyâ€™re going to take women back 40 years,â€ the IRS employee said in a conversation that was recorded. The employee also said that â€œif you vote for a Republican, the rich are going to get richer and the poor are going to get poorer.â€
That employee went on to tell the taxpayer she knew she wasnâ€™t supposed to be voicing her political opinions, and asked the taxpayer not to say anything.
Ooooh, a fourteen-day suspension! My God, the OSC is a bunch of veritable Torquemadas here, aren’t they? Wonder if they’re going to torment this woman by going so far as to suspend her without pay. Well, not really; I think we all already know just how likely that is.
I repeat: the federal-government monolith is Leftist to its very core; it is actively and very nearly openly conspiring with the criminal conspiracy masquerading as a political party known as the Democrat Socialist Party to see to it that its opposition is thoroughly muzzled, hamstrung, and frozen out of any meaningful participation in the political process; it is aided and abetted in the crime of stealing liberty and legitimacy by a media complex that dishonestly claims impartiality, but in truth is actively and aggressively partisan.
The whole stinking system is illegitimate and corrupt, rotten from top to toe. There is no longer the slightest valid reason to pretend otherwise, except when trying to avoid scrutiny from or other dealings with its various thugocracies and enforcement arms–as a matter of personal convenience or safety. None.
The only question remaining is what we’re gonna do about it. If anything.
Spoke too soon update! Looks like John is toughening up some on the liars and frauds. Once again: good on ‘im.
Over the last few minutes, I sent the following four tweets to Washington Post reporter/Democratic Party propagandist Juliet Eilperin:
Why wonâ€™t you answer my questions about whether your false reporting on Keystone is coordinated with the Democratic Party?
You know perfectly well that Keystone has nothing to do with Koch. Why do you perpetrate a lie, along with Whitehouse and Waxman?
You know that Keystone would damage Koch economically. Why do you perpetrate a falsehood based on 3% leasehold ownership?
The public demands answers. You are going to have to account for your false reporting. Did you coordinate with the Dem Party?
If you follow me on Twitter @jhinderakerâ€“as you should!â€“you can retweet these tweets. You can also tweet messages directly to Ms. Eilperin @eilperin. We are not going to let this rest until we get answers from the Washington Post and from Henry Waxman and Sheldon Whitehouse.
They’re not going to answer, because they know they don’t have to. They know their “liberal” readers are a smug, supercilious bunch who have no problem with getting their tainted “information” from a propaganda outfit. They know the part of the public they care about isn’t “demanding answers,” considering what the WaPo is doing to be perfectly justified, a laudable case of “sticking it to the man” and going after misfeasance capitalists who need to be reined in, brought to heel, and punished for their views and their success; the part of the public that IS “demanding answers” they simply don’t give a tinker’s damn about.
Which is not to say that John is wasting his time here. Holding their feet to the fire, making sure they know not everyone is being fooled, is a worthwhile endeavor in and of itself. Hats off to Hinderaker; he also has a worthwhile suggestion for Jeff Bezos, the response to which will tell us a lot about just who and what he is, too. Keep right after the slimeballs, buddy.