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Monday, July 29, 2002
In today's Chicago Sun-Times Robert Novack writes:
The mystery surrounding Internal Revenue Service tax audits against critics of President Bill Clinton during his administration has been cracked. A smoking gun has just been released by the IRS. The unmistakable evidence is that the supposedly nonpolitical tax agency responds to complaints by prominent politicians.Novack also says in the piece that the Bush administration is upset with Judicial Watch for filing a law suit against veep Dick Cheney but doesn't explain that the suit concerns Cheney's behavoir while he was CEO of Halliburton. (John King of CNN has written a piece on the suit while Warren Vieth of the Los Angeles Times has written an even better piece on the same topic.)
Judicial Watch has issued a press release on the IRS documents. If Judicial Watch wants to boost their credibility they will soon pubish all of the documents on the web so the public and journalists can take a look at them and see if they add up to everything Judicial Watch says they do.
Even a brief gander at judicialwatch.org will show that the group is conservative and I certainly don't agree with all of their cases but I commend their vigilance over both Democrats and Republicans.
Hopefully this will also be a wake up call to journalists to realize that while investigative reporting take a lot of time and effort, that it is worth it.
It certainly isn't an overdone activity.