The new IRS chief is throwing sand in the eyes of those trying to see what the IRS has on display in the scandals roiling the agency. The AP story carrying the IRS man’s contribution is “New IRS chief: IRS screening was broader.” The IRS man’s line is that right-leaning and left-leaning groups were similarly abused by the IRS. That would of course explain why we have heard from so many “progressive” groups complaining of their mistreatment by the IRS (not).
What is going on here? Eliana Johnson has a guide for the perplexed in “‘Lookout list’ not much broader than originally thought, contrary to reports.” Follow up that post with Eliana’s column “A ‘far broader’ BOLO list?” Answer: No.