Monday night on MSNBC, at least one primetime program lead with the unfolding and growing scandal of the IRS intimidation of patriot groups applying for non-profit status. However, there was something curious about the coverage: It focused on blaming President Bush and the Supreme Court for everything that was happening to the targeted groups.
During the opening segment of Chris Hayes’ “All In,” any discussion of involvement by the Obama administration in the scandal was avoided. In fact, blame for the IRS action was shifted to the Bush administration. In his opening salvo, Hayes stated:
Are we going to spend the next few months beating up on the IRS or the Bush-appointed former head of the IRS who was in charge when all of this happened?
Of course, Hayes is referring to former IRS chief Douglas Shulman, a Bush appointee who was approved by the Democrat-controlled Senate and served until November of 2012. A month before he left the agency, the New York Times wrote about Shulman’s term as IRS chief stating; “he modernized some of the agency’s infrastructure while cracking down on tax dodging by corporations and offshore tax evasion by individuals.”
In addition to the blaming of George Bush, Hayes also placed a chunk of the responsibility on the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision from January 2010. If you are not familiar with the case, it is the one that ruled:
Political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections.