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IRS scandal: Media splits again

AP photo

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“IRS Suspends Official at Center of Storm,” read the New York Times headline last Friday. Times readers might have asked: What storm?

The Times, and most of its MSM brothers, have ignored the IRS and media snooping scandals since their initial, shocking reveals. The Times’ “Storm” headline was on Page A17. This after a week in which the Gray Lady only devoted two stories – also buried deep in the A section – on the IRS scandal. Meanwhile, nothing on the Obama Justice Department’s harassment of ABC and Fox News. No follow-ups on the AP snooping scandal.

Like Benghazi a year ago, the U.S. media landscape has split in two between an establishment, Democratic media determined to cover up for the White House and an alternative media determined to inform the public.

Democratic organs like the Times, The Detroit Free Press, CNN, etc. have shied from uncovering a shocking government abuse of Americans’ basic civil liberties.

No human interest stories on the dozens of non-profit conservative groups who were harassed by IRS officials. No follow-ups on the web of administration lies that the IRS scandal was a rogue Cincinnati office operation. No stories on the revelation that President Obama top officials all knew of the IRS abuse.

Instead, like Benghazi, it is Fox News and Drudge and the odd network report that have headlined blockbuster story after blockbuster story peeling the layers of the cover-up away.  Hardly the full court press this story demands.

“Republicans opened another front in their war on President Obama,” started CBS News Radio Tuesday evening on WWJ News Radio. A GOP war? The story was about Congressional hearings trying to get to learn whether AG Eric Holder knew that his department was violating the First Amendment rights of journalists.

But CBS apparently believes that journalism is about protecting Democrats, not serving the public interest.

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.