Re: Records of Christine OâDonnell tax snooping disappear
posted at 7/25/2013 7:40 AM EDT
In response to andiejen's comment:
National Review editor-at-large Jonah Goldberg has apologized for inaccurately accusing the IRS of "snooping" on former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell's tax records -- a charge that actually falls on Delaware officials.
In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Goldberg erroneously suggested that the IRS had scrutinized O'Donnell's tax records. It wasn't until after the interview that he realized it was Delaware officials, not IRS officials, who allegedly opened up her tax records.
"I went on a bit of a tear about how this is part of wider pattern of IRS bureaucrats working to help Democrats and liberal causes," he wrote. "The leaking of the National Organization for Marriages donor lists. Harry Reid making an issue of Romney’s tax returns, the political intimidation of pro-life groups etc. "
"There’s only one problem: the abuse in the O’Donnell incident was perpetrated by Delaware officials, not IRS officials," he continued. "I’d read the news accounts beforehand, planned to make that distinction clear, and it just went out of my head when I got on air. It’s a very similar violation and potentially driven by the same motives, but it’s an important distinction. I always leave the studio thinking 'I should (or shouldn’t) have said that.' But it’s usually about one-liners or the best points to make. But this is different. I regret the error."
It's important to note that the IRS did in fact place a tax lien on a propery O'Donnell owned the same day she announced her Senate bid, but the IRS eventually said the lien was a computer glitch and had it removed. The unauthorized access and release of her information came from Delaware officials.
During the interview, Fox Host Martha MacCallum made no attempt at correcting Goldberg, though she introduced the topic correctly.
"Let's move on to the Christine O'Donnell tax records because this is a fascinating story to me. Delaware says 'We looked into her based on one newspaper article and we would like to help you out to explain why we did all that but those records seem to have disappeared.' Sounds funny," MacCallum said.
Goldberg said the O'Donnell situation had two possible roots, either a political operation from the top or the culture at the IRS in general.
"Either this was a political operation from the beginning, run by the White House or political operatives around Barack Obama, which would be a huge scandal. Or, this was basically a freelance operation reflecting upon the culture at the IRS in general which would be almost more disturbing. Here you have one example of many now where the bureaucrats in the IRS seem to have singled out conservatives, controversial conservatives for special attention, special scrutiny and possibly, you know, special punishment."
So, is snooping her tax record right or wrong?
Do oyu think the records pertainingto the "investigation" simply disapeared, or were purposely made to disapear?
Why do you condone of Democrats things that caused you to blame Bush for 8+ years?