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The Obama media cover-up ends . . . post-election

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“And suddenly three days ago this gets spun up as if there’s something new to the story,” said President Obama this week in reaction to the Benghazi scandal.

There is a kernel of truth in what Tricky Dick Obama says: Political junkies have known the IRS and Benghazi details for some time. Obama is now engulfed in these scandals – not because they are new – but because the election is over and the majority, Democratic media has stopped covering  for him.

Consider: The Benghazi cover-up – that the president was lying about a YouTube video a full two weeks after the murder of U.S. personnel – was immediately exposed last September by Fox News and other conservative media. But the MSM abetted the cover-up (most famously Candy Crowley in the second presidential debate).

Consider: Congress has been receiving complaints  from tea parties of unfair treatment since 2011- and holding hearings. IRS officials lied at those hearings when asked about politicized IRS investigations.  The media ignored them. Wall Street Journal columnist Debbie Strassel’s  superb reporting uncovered an Obama’s Enemies List of eight Romney donors (some, like Frank Vandersloot, have subsequently been harrassed) targeted by the Obama campaign for IRS scrutiny. The media ignored it. Michigan Rep. Sander Levin asked the IRS in April, 2012 to harass the conservative, non-profit Mackinac Center. Michigan’s media ignored it. In 2010, Senator Max Baucus asked the IRS to target conservative groups. The media ignored it. And so on.

The priority was getting President Barack Obama re-elected.

Some of the partisan press continue to ignore these stories – The Detroit Free Press, for example, didn’t print a single story on the Benghazi hearings last week while burying the IRS witch hunt on the inside pages over the weekend. But with the continued, relentless reporting of Fox News, Congressional hearings on Benghazi, and the stunning revelation – in a legal forum, not a press forum – of IRS corruption, the stories have become too big to ignore.

That, and with the partisan fever of the campaign past, journalists are returning to their jobs.

Henry Payne
Henry Payne is the auto critic for The Detroit News. A 25-year newspaper veteran, Payne is also a Pulitzer Prize-nominated cartoonist with United Feature Syndicate, a former columnist and editorial writer for The News, and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, New York Post, and other publications. His auto reviews appear every Thursday in the Drive section.