Weeks After Another Targeting, Obama Declares IRS Targeting Scandal Fake

Chastises O’Reilly, Fox News for reporting scandals

Right on the heels of more news of IRS targeting—this time of Hollywood conservative group, the Friends of Abe (FOA)—in a combative pre-Super Bowl interview Sunday, President Obama accused Bill O’Reilly and Fox News of keeping the fake IRS targeting scandal alive.

From Reuters:

President Barack Obama accused Fox News on Sunday of keeping alive controversies the White House believes have been settled in a testy interview that aired before the NFL's Super Bowl, the most-viewed sports event in the United States.

Host Bill O'Reilly asked Obama why he did not fire his health and human services chief over the botched rollout of the healthcare law last year, whether there was "widespread corruption" at the Internal Revenue Service, and whether the White House had tried to play down the significance of a 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Obama said "some boneheaded decisions" were to blame for extra scrutiny the IRS had given to conservative Tea Party groups seeking tax-exempt status, and that the issue had been cleared up during "multiple hearings" in Congress.

"These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them," Obama told O'Reilly.

In unrelated news, conservative filmmaker, Dinesh D’Souza, co-director of 2016, a film highly critical of the president, was arraigned two weeks ago for illegal campaign contributions.

And in yet still more unrelated news, Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama, whose application for non-profit tax-exempt status was infamously rushed through the IRS red tape by Lois Lerner herself—while conservative non-profits across the country were delayed, many for years—has made news again, this time for some pro-Hamas pics.