URL: politicalwire . com/archives/2013/05/19/paul_claims_revealing_irs_memo_exists.html
TITLE: "Paul Claims Revealing IRS Memo Exists"
DATE: May 20, 2013
At the link, Taegan Goddard writes:
- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told CNN there was a "written policy" floating around the agency that said IRS officials were "targeting people who were opposed to the president."
- Said Paul: "And when that comes forward, we need to know who wrote the policy and who approved the policy."
- When pressed for details about the memo he was referring to, Paul said he hasn't seen such a policy statement but has heard about it.
How that Political Wire post is deceptive was described by Dave Weigel of Slate in his post "How Lazy Reporting Made Rand Paul Look Like a Conspiracy Theorist" (link). Weigel writes:
- CNN's online wrap of the interview makes it sound like Paul had journeyed to Cloudcookooland. "Pressed for more precise details about the memo he was referring to," writes Ashley Killough, "Paul said he hasn't seen such a policy statement but has heard about it."
- You know who else has "heard about" this statement? Anyone who actually read the IG report. On Page 6, investigators re-create the events of May 2010, when the Determinations Unit for the tax-exempt office "began developing a spreadsheet that would become known as the 'Be On the Look Out' listing." The report didn't supply the memo itself, but it included this cheat sheet.
- In his CNN interview, Paul deviates only a little bit from the IG report; the groups that "criticize how the country is being run" become "groups who are critical of the president." But that's a pretty minor detail, and the people suggesting that Paul spun some wild conspiracy theory need to check themselves.
The people Weigel suggests "check themselves" are Political Wire; the last line links to the post at Political Wire excerpted above.
As Weigel points out, the Political Wire post is highly misleading. Despite a comment from me and others pointing out how Political Wire got things wrong, there's no correction of any kind attached to their post. Two Political Wire moderators are present on the thread: Meffy helps mislead, and Terje Anderson can't even rise to level of helping mislead, just saying "Rand has daddy issues".