and yet the right claims it isn't a witch hunt...

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The Fake Story About the IRS Commissioner and the White House

White House records show Douglas Shulman signed in for 11 visits, not 157, between 2009 and 2012.

Garance Franke-RutaMay 31 2013, 10:35 AM ET

The latest twist in the conservative effort to tie the IRS tax-exempt targeting scandal to the president is to focus on public visitor records released by the White House, in which former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman's name appears 157 times between 2009 and 2012. Unfortunately, few of those pushing this line have bothered to read more than the topline of that public information. Bill O'Reilly on Thursday called them the "smoking gun" and demanded of Shulman, "You must explain under oath what you were doing at the White House on 157 separate occasions." His statement built on a Daily Caller story, "IRS's Shulman had more public White House visits than any Cabinet member." An Investors Business Daily story and slew of blog items repeated the charges.

"The alibi the White House has wedded itself to is that it had to work closely with the IRS to implement ObamaCare," the Investor's Business Daily has written -- as if that were not true.

And yet the public meeting schedules available for review to any media outlet show that very thing: Shulman was cleared primarily to meet with administration staffers involved in implementation of the health-care reform bill. He was cleared 40 times to meet with Obama's director of the Office of Health Reform, and a further 80 times for the biweekly health reform deputies meetings and others set up by aides involved with the health-care law implementation efforts. That's 76 percent of his planned White House visits just there, before you even add in all the meetings with Office of Management and Budget personnel also involved in health reform.
The Fake Story About the IRS Commissioner and the White House - Garance Franke-Ruta - The Atlantic

So, let's see: Information, that disproves the rightwing allegations, is ignored and information adverse to the administration is leaked.

A, false, comparison is made between: an administration that maintained no public records of how many times the head of the IRS visited the white house and one that has provided imperfect records. Of course the scandal mongers don't disclose the fact that they don't have a true "apples-to-apples" comparison, precisely because the former administration did not make such records public and the system is imperfect.

A, false, presentation of facts: The Whitehouse complex consists of more than the Presidential residence. The scandal mongers fail to articulate this fact...and also fail to articulate that the head of the IRS was scheduled to attend meetings in places OTHER than the Presidential Residence (the vast majority of the time).

Finally, the scandal mongers fail to show how many of the alleged meetings actually occurred (and of that number, how many times the head of the IRS was actually in attendance.)

There is much less here than meets the eye, but the right WILL have their witch hunt.
 
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The Fake Story About the IRS Commissioner and the White House

White House records show Douglas Shulman signed in for 11 visits, not 157, between 2009 and 2012.

Garance Franke-RutaMay 31 2013, 10:35 AM ET

The latest twist in the conservative effort to tie the IRS tax-exempt targeting scandal to the president is to focus on public visitor records released by the White House, in which former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman's name appears 157 times between 2009 and 2012. Unfortunately, few of those pushing this line have bothered to read more than the topline of that public information. Bill O'Reilly on Thursday called them the "smoking gun" and demanded of Shulman, "You must explain under oath what you were doing at the White House on 157 separate occasions." His statement built on a Daily Caller story, "IRS's Shulman had more public White House visits than any Cabinet member." An Investors Business Daily story and slew of blog items repeated the charges.

Read more,
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics...-irs-commissioner-and-the-white-house/276399/
Please shorten and add links to the article per copyright laws.....

See how I edited you're post above??
 

Blueneck

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I don't suppose it's possible for the right to overplay their hand here, since their constituents never seem to tire of hype that never quite plays out with any of these scandals. There seems to be no limit for their appetite for dragging the administration into this even if they have to make shit up to do it. They keep using the term "smoking gun" when there isn't even a body.

And the Republicans knew about these goings on for quite some time. Why not speak up sooner?

Anatomy of a Bogus Scandal: GOP Knew of IRS Scrutiny But Stayed Quiet for a Year
 
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Vortex

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. . .

A, false, comparison is made between: an administration that maintained no public records of how many times

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Hell, the last administration didn't keep accurate records on how many times the fake journalist/male prostitute, Jeff Gannon, visited and stayed over night at the White House (or who he visited).
 
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Vortex

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All the GOP wants to do is smear Obama, they could care less about government and our nation. It is very sad.
 
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boontito

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Shoddy reporting? This sounds like a thread [MENTION=1254]kmiller1610[/MENTION] would be interested in.
 

kmiller1610

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A few over zealous gotcha bloggers and their buddies do not change the simple facts of multiple scandals.

There will always be sensationalists. If journalists did their jobs, zealous gotcha bloggers would not get any attention.
 
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