The Phony Scandal Distraction

In wake of new information from former IRS officials regarding harassment of Conservative groups, and military commanders revealing their knowledge about the terrorist attack in Benghazi, President Obama has now come up with a new conglomerate strategy. This strategy includes claiming that Republicans are trying to gun up the works, these are “phony scandals,” and that the economy and climate change are where we need to focus. What is worse is that the mainstream media is continuing to fall in line with this red-herring narrative that is being created.see no evil hear no evil report no evil

A recent Congressional hearing revealed that the targeting of Conservative groups by the IRS is now being pointed to a superior at the agency who is a political appointee. When a political appointee is involved and is now allegedly a role player in this situation, theorizing that these orders came from the top is not far-fetched. Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, has said over and over that this kind of behavior does not happen at the IRS (Sekulow is a former tax attorney). This specific targeting of Tea Party and other groups had to have come from a high ranking official. Yet, mainstream sources like CNN, ABC and MSNBC continue to shrug off anything discovered from these hearings.

Keep in mind that ignoring certain stories while heavily focusing on others that fit their agenda. The George Zimmerman story proved that all too well; NBC editing the 911 call by Zimmerman, most mainstream networks using a picture of Trayvon Martin to make him appear as a small child. There are many examples that prove they are heavily biased towards the left, but now that they appear to be falling in line with this new narrative that is being created by the Obama administration.msnbc IRS attention

In his past few speeches, President Obama has continued to hammer the line “[W]ith this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball.” With all due respect Mr. President, are you serious? Are 4 dead Americans phony? Is the first overseas ambassador killed in over 30 years phony? Is harassment of groups by the IRS because of their political views phony?

Former general Carter Ham recently revealed that very early on in the attack, that AFRICOM (U.S. Africa Command) knew it was a violent attack, not a demonstration. Yet the Obama administration released talking points that were quite the contrary to the known information known by AFRICOM and others at the CIA. It was not until weeks later that serious questioning of these talking points emerged. In recent months, some mainstream networks appeared to be questioning the narrative and actions of the Obama administration, as White House press reporters started asking tough questions to Jay Carney. However, more recent weeks have shown that the Benghazi investigation by the media is virtually non-existent.

As for the IRS scandal, there are dozens of groups of Conservative organizations that were applying for 501c(4) tax exempt status. Most of the groups that are suing the IRS still have not received their tax exempt status after nearly 2 years of waiting and extremely intrusive questioning. The American Center for Law and Justice is now representing 41 Tea Party groups suing the IRS. There have been new allegations that Liberal groups have been targeted as well; however, there has not been anything near on the scale of the Conservative groups. Not to mention that these groups have not come forward into the spotlight to confirm these allegations.IRS scandal poll

The Obama administration cannot possibly say these allegations are false, yet it has. It has thrown in red-herrings like climate change to attempt to shift the focus from these scandals to other areas. What is worse is that the media has simply fallen in line with this narrative. It is important to remember that most Americans get their news from these sources that are going along with this narrative. Some of the only sources that are truly questioning these actions are stations like Fox News and TheBlaze. Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, has stated No fair, objective journalist can look at the facts of this flagrant abuse of power and not conclude that it is a massive political scandal deserving of constant, merciless scrutiny…”

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney keeps insisting that no accusations be made until the facts come out. Quite frankly Jay, the facts are out, and there are still more facts coming out. The House, under Chief Watchdog Darrell Issa (R, CA), is still investigating all of these cases, including the seemingly forgotten Fast and Furious situation. There have been calls by senators to create a select committee to investigate Benghazi in the Senate. The fact of the matter is that no matter how hard the Obama administration tries to throw people off course, there will always be people who will not buy into this narrative.

As commonly attributed to Abraham Lincoln, “You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” There will always be people that will believe anything they told, and there are others that will not. One thing is for sure, as new information comes out about these scandals rocking the White House, blame will be shifted, and allegations brushed off. Those doing the investigating will be attacked on a personal level, and in fact may be demoted or fired because of it (look at Greg Hicks, in light of his Benghazi testimony). For telling the truth, he was demoted, and who knows how many others faced the same consequences. Just as George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

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Follow Seth Connell on Twitter @theRealConnells.

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