I blogged about this at The Conversation earlier, today: President Declares ‘Not a Smidgen’ of Corruption in IRS Scandal Despite Ongoing DOJ Investigation:
White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler brings up another thing from the Obama/O’Reilly interview more people should be talking about – Obama’s total dismissal of the IRS scandal as a big Fox News driven nothingburger with “not a smidgen” of corruption involved – was articulated while there’s still an active investigation going on!
I can’t think of a better example of Chicagoland politics than to signal to your investigators how the probe is supposed to turn out. Now, Justice Department officials have their marching orders. And anyone who uncovers a “smidgeon” of corruption will have to worry about making the boss look like a liar or a fool, not to mention worrying about their employment status.
Actually, the fix has been so in with the DOJ sham IRS “investigation”, I don’t think we have to worry about any officials worrying about making their boss look bad.
The boss, by the way, did the same thing during his softball interview with Chrissy Matthews on MSNBC, back in December.
Kudos to Jonathan Karl for catching this. Bill O’Reilly admitted on his show just now that he missed it.
Karl asked, “Jay, in the president’s interview with Bill O’Reilly, last night, he said that there was not even a smidgen of corruption regarding IRS targeting of conservative groups. Did the president misspeak?”
Carney, scoffing, answered, “no he didn’t.” And then demonstrating that he was anticipating an question about Obama’s dismissal of the IRS scandal, he arrogantly went on, “but I can cite I think I have about 20 different news organizations that cite the variety of ways that was established including by the independent IG….etc etc bs bs bs…” and read from a prepared script about how it has been so concretely established
But before he could finish talking, Karl threw him the curve ball he wasn’t expecting: “Jay, he said there wasn’t a smidgen of corruption – nothing about some qualifier about being outside the IRS, and there’s an active Justice Department investigation – unless it’s been concluded without anyone telling the news media – I mean – there’s an active Justice Dept. investigation – doesn’t the president prejudge that investigation? To which Carney could only mumble in response, “what we have learned through the independent Inspector General and through the testimony that we’ve seen, completely backs up what the president said.” He went on to say that “a lot of that has been very good reported on by various news organizations” ( which he makes sure to sneer), some people might have missed.” One wonders what they hell he’s talking about. Daily Kos, Huffpo, PMSNBC? The Oversight investigation into the scandal isn’t over, although the Regime has been stonewalling their investigation. They’ve found evidence that it goes to the White House. Lois Lerner pled the fifth.
“So the Justice should just pull the plug on this investigation?” Karl pressed. Carney shot back, “obviously we don’t interfere with a Justice Dept. investigation.”
A favorite Carney ploy is to use peer pressure against reporters who ask tough questions. “Hey dummy, everyone in this room knows the IRS scandal is over, except you. ”
I’m so glad Karl isn’t intimidated by it. He keeps coming back with more headaches for Carney.
Starts at 9:18: