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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 • Posted May 22, 2013

It's been an interesting time of manufactured scandals. The GOP and the press have been hammering the administration about the investigation of journalists by the Justice Department. According to Rep Trey Gowdy (R-SC) in an interview on Fox News, the attorney general, among others, was grilled by his committee over national security leaks about a year ago. Gowdy's committee requested the Justice Department to investigate the leaks, and that's exactly what the Justice Department did.

In the Benghazi e-mail "scandal", House Republicans gave ABC and other journalists bogus information, apparently on purpose, in the hopes of advancing their "version" of the Benghazi story. In essence, they edited the e-mails, and some of the media didn't even bother checking the actual e-mails. These same congressional Republicans saw all of these materials in March and couldn't find anything controversial and moved on. So if there's nothing wrong, do some creative editing and let the scandal begin.

Next we have the Tea Party groups complaining over being investigated over their tax free exemption. You would think that only tea party organizations were investigated but there were also liberal groups were also investigated. The end result is that the tea party groups were not denied tax exempt status while one liberal group was denied. So where's the scandal? This in't the first time this kind of thing has gone on. The IRS under Bush went after the NAACP, Greenpeace, and even a liberal church. Did Bush ask the IRS head to step down? Nope. Obama is the one who requested the Bush-appointee to finally step down.

A very interesting fact that is just coming out is that Darrell Issa, Republican Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, requested the audit of the very same tea party groups last year before the general election.

The truth really took a beating the last couple of weeks. But why bother with the truth, when you can manufacture a juicy bogus scandal?

Julie Alford

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