President Obama may be returning to the discredited, "a few rogue people in the Cincinnati office" excuse for the IRS Scandal. During Thursday night's softball interview with Hardball's Chris Matthews, the host asked President Obama about his falling poll numbers on trust issues.
The President explained:
When we do things right, they don't get a lot of attention. If we do something that is perceived at least initially as a screw-up, it will be on the nightly news for a week.
He used the example of FEMA director Craig Fugate who is not well known because he is doing a good job.
If on the other hand you've got an office in Cincinnati in the IRS office that I think for bureaucratic reasons is trying to streamline what is a difficult law to interpret about whether tax exemption and they've got a list and suddenly everyone is outraged. And I will point out there are some so-called progressives and you know perceived to be liberal commentators who during that week just were outraged at the possibility that these folks, you know, had been at the direction of the Democratic Party in some way discriminated against tea party folks. You know, that is what gets news. That's what gets attention.
The President, of course, was not being honest; the excuse that the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups was just a few people in the Cincinnati office was discredited soon after it was given.
But a politician shirking responsibility is not a disgraceful as a so-called newsman refusing to challenge him on it. Chris Matthews, who is quite familiar with the facts of the case, displayed his bias by not pressing Obama with a pointed follow-up.