Journolisters Post Nearly Identical Articles About IRS After White House Visit
I’m sure this is just a sheer coincidence.
Yesterday, it was reported that a gaggle of lefty bloggers were visiting the White House. Many, including me, speculated that they were going there on a mission of message control to help the Obama administration with the IRS scandal.
This morning, John McCormack of The Weekly Standard pointed out the new narrative.
Josh Marshall (10:15a.m.): Lerner Must Go talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2013/… Ezra Klein (9:45a.m.): Heads should roll at IRS washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog…—
John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) May 22, 2013
Just days ago, Ezra Klein and many others on the left said there was nothing to these scandals.
Bryan Preston of the PJ Tatler offers some insight here…
The synchronicity is striking.
It’s also an indication of just how worried the White House is, and how it intends to contain the scandal. First, get reliably friendly bloggers and columnists on board with a story that focuses attention away from the White House. Then, isolate and target someone who has already become a central figure in the scandal and, more importantly, who does not work directly for the White House. Finally, make it appear as if these reliably friendly bloggers actually take the IRS scandal seriously, so they become voices in the larger media advocating for a strong response — just strong enough to look decisive, while keeping the White House outside the main storyline.
For the record, I fully agree that Lois Lerner should be fired.
I just don’t trust left wing propagandists with access to the White House.