Veteran Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward isn’t buying the claim that the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups was limited to within the agency.
“This fiction that it’s somehow an independent agency is absurd,” Woodward told Bill O’Reilly last night. “Clearly in the pipeline lots of people knew some of this, or should know it.”
He drew parallels between the current IRS scandal and his Watergate days, when the Nixon administration used the agency to target political enemies. Woodward remarked that a similar lack of interest existed when he was investigating Watergate, and he urged reporters to continue pursuing the potential scandals.
“People did not believe what we wrote for a long time,” he explained. “Nixon won a massive reelection in 1972, and everyone” — including the journalistic community — “was kind of saying, ‘Watergate is over.’”