About 225 applications were not “political conservative groups,” as AP had reported at the top of the story. Given her unusual behavior over the past few years, it also doesn’t seem all that strange that Lois Lerner has refused to answer questions in Congress, pleading the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, while refusing to resign from her $180,000-a-year job (she’s now on administrative leave).
This scandal of secret political money is the real scandal that has been obscured by the flap over an Internal Revenue Service office in Cincinnati using search words to get a handle on the flood of applications from Tea Party and other right-wing groups seeking to take advantage of – or abuse – the “social welfare” designation.
In the furious fallout from the revelation that the IRS flagged applications from conservative nonprofits for extra review because of their political activity, some points about the big picture -- and big donors -- have fallen through the cracks.
Lawrence O'Donnell returned to MSNBC last night after surviving a harrowing car crash two months ago. He spoke about his recovery in a poignant monologue, but already some news outlets are homing in on one particular comment he made. And that kind of thing is exactly why O'Donnell was right to completely avoid news during his time away.
"If we call a lie anything but a lie, then we become the liars."
We cannot allow this liberal institution to become a nicer version of Fox News.