Assault on core values

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  • the old switcharoo mesa, AZ
    May 18, 2013 7:44 a.m.

    I was calling for 100% tax audits. We had half the nation saying they were refusing to support the "obama" government as soon as he was elected.

    But anyway the scrutiny went to "charity" groups that had obvious political affiliations and agendas which violate their tax free status. They shouldn't stop investigating that just investigate all of them.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    May 17, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    @Craig Clark:

    "What a self-serving, self-justifying editorial from a newspaper that should know better."

    Explain your reasoning please. Back up your statement with some facts and explanation.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    May 17, 2013 1:01 p.m.

    This kind of stuff has gone on forever....

    We don't have to travel to far back into time when we had the media under the bright lights of government during the McCarthy era.... and the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC). Has the author not seen "Citizen Kane", the thinly vailed story of American newspaper men William Randolph Hearst, Chicago tycoons Samuel Insull and Harold McCormick. The Nixon administration tried to muzzle the press. There were countless battles with the press and Johnson in the 60s and Vietnam. If you scroll back through history to the very beginning....this country has never not had this issue.

    There is nothing new under the sun here... nothing. In the UK the government went after Fox and its affiliates catching them several times stepping beyond the law - with one paper bing shuttered.

    I am not saying it is isn't. but the pretense by some that this is new, extraordinary or anything like that shows a profound loss of memory by some.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 17, 2013 10:55 a.m.

    "....Any criminal investigation of journalistic activity is a potentially troubling threat to press freedom...."

    Whoever the anonymous wonder is who penned this editorial for the Philadelphia Inquirer might want to take a chill pill and when he or she gets calmed down consider where the line is between freedom of the press and hubris of the press.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    May 17, 2013 10:31 a.m.

    anyone who thinks the IRS intimidation of conservatives is just coincidental is living in a glass house... this was on purpose and for a purpose and there is NO way some mid level IRS administrator ordered this... it came from much much higher. Also - there is no way Barack and Holder didn't know about it. Again - these guys know EVERYTHING.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 17, 2013 9:16 a.m.

    Honest journalism! Wow, that's a shock! Perhaps the AP phone confiscation event woke some of you guys up? Some of you are finally doing your jobs! You know, like you did when GWB, Nixon and Reagan were in the White House! You took a leave of absence for the past 5 years but welcome back!

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 17, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    What a self-serving, self-justifying editorial from a newspaper that should know better. No one and no entity is above the law in our country, including the press.