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New York Times Endorses IRS Harassment


It was noted below that while the Washington Post played the IRS attack on the tea party  (and other conservatives, and Jews) on the front page, supplemented by an editorial, the New York Times buried the story on page 10. 

But it is not as though the mighty Times has ignored the story. Indeed, the newspaper editorialized on it in March of last year. Except the Times came out in favor of the policy:

Taxpayers should be encouraged by complaints from Tea Party chapters applying for nonprofit tax status at being asked by the Internal Revenue Service to prove they are “social welfare” organizations and not the political activists they so obviously are. . . . These groups, which already have 501(c)(4) status, should be as thoroughly investigated as any Tea Party chapter applying for that tax exempt status. 

Perhaps the Times did not have the foresight to appreciate that this would lead to having the IRS demanding donors lists, asking under penalty of perjury whether you think your brother-in-law might someday run for the school board, and conducting an inquisition into the theological inclinations of Jewish charities. The Times’s editorial was not analysis, but malice that was veiled thinly to the extent that it was clothed at all. 

Speaking of newspapers and embarrassing toadying to power, I retched a little at this front page from the Austin American-Statesman (via The New Editor):

Is Austin’s entrepreneurial high-tech community really so insecure that it requires the endorsement of a politician to recognize its own successes? I hope that is not the case, because the prospect is despair-inducing.


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