These obfuscators count on it that readers of such headlines will remember the gist (“liberals targeted, too”) instead of carefully parsing what was said (and not said) and how it was said.
If a person reads only the headlines from these stories and none of the later “corrections”, if any, then the disinformation campaign has achieved its goal of obfuscating the truth and watering down the impact of the IRS scandal.
Do note their use of the word inappropriate. This also suits the spin: Targeting taxpayers for political reasons is far worse than inappropriate, but the media get their talking points from this administration; and they apparently believe that if they use such weasel words often enough, they can diminish the seriousness of any charge against the Obama administration.
Some mainstream media writers cleverly couched their stories, using phrases such as “seem to,” as in “seem to change the terms of a scandal that exploded over accusations that the I.R.S. had tried to stifle a nascent conservative political movement.” Or “appeared to,” as in “appeared to back up contentions by I.R.S. officials and some Democrats that the agency did not intend to single out conservative groups for special scrutiny.”
The stories carefully omit the FACT that on the newly discovered Be On the Look Out list (BOLO) the word progressive was under a heading that reads “historical” (meaning, obsolete. No longer in use.)
Despite yet another attempt by Democrats to spin the story (now claiming that Occupy groups were also flagged), the fact remains that the IRS targeted conservative groups. Treasury Inspector General J. Russell George affirms that no evidence was found (he looked) to indicate that progressive groups were subjected to the same onerous scrutiny as were conservative groups. Nor were progressive applications subject to oversight from Washington D.C. or delayed for years.
There’s a distinct difference between being “flagged” and being “systematically targeted,” as pointed out by Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan.
that politics didn’t play a role in the now-defunct practice of providing extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for a tax exemption.