Fox Making Hay Over IRS “Scandal” But Forget When They Asked It To Do The Same Thing (VIDEO)

Fox News encouraging viewers to spam the IRS about Media Matters' non-profit status.

Image courtesy of News Corpse.

As if we needed any more proof of the hypocrisy that is Fox News, our friends at News Corpse have dug up an interesting tidbit. It seems the folks over at Fox were in love with the IRS a couple of years ago. The same network that is up in arms over this whole IRS “scandal” was all palsy-walsy with them when they wanted to attack a non-profit that they disagreed with.

In July of 2011, Fox was on a campaign to have Media Matters‘ non-profit status revoked. That’s right, the agency that they are pushing as totalitarian, bent on revenge against conservative and tea party groups, the agency that is a threat to America and freedomz!! Turns out that, two years ago, this same agency was a tool for Fox to use to persecute a group that made it their business to expose the lies and misrepresentations that make up most (if not all) of Fox‘s broadcast material.

For weeks, Fox attacked the organization, even exhorting their viewers to file fraudulent complaints against Media Matters with the IRS. And thousands of their viewers willingly committed a felony because Fox told them to do so. Steve Doocy made several announcements like this on Fox And Friends:

“Somebody has set up a web site and we have linked it, actually, at FoxNation.com. If you go down about half way down you’ll see that logo. If you want to file a complaint with the IRS against Media Matters because you feel they have gone political, they have abandoned their initial quest, then go to that site and go ahead.”

With lawyers and pundits (and bears, oh my!) telling them that Media Matters was the devil incarnate, it seemed perfectly reasonable to Fox viewers to break the law to shut them down. Their beloved “news” provider was being attacked – oh noes!

The interesting thing about Fox‘s campaign is that, in order for Media Matters to be in violation of 501 status, Fox would have to admit that it is a political organization. The tax-exempt language reads:

“…501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”

In order for Media Matters to have been in violation – “in opposition to” – Fox News would have to be a political organization. I guess they didn’t think that through, huh?

So, here we are, two years later, and the IRS is now a horrible, overreaching government agency. It’s funny what one’s perspective can do, isn’t it?

As I have said before, I don’t believe that the IRS did anything wrong. Nor am I alone in that belief. The former Chair of the NAACP, Julian Bond, thinks the same. It may be because his organization was attacked during the Bush administration in what was VERY obviously a politically driven attack. And lets’ not forget that it wasn’t just conservative/tea party groups that received extra scrutiny in this non-scandal. Several liberal groups had to answer extra questions, too.

Which all goes to prove that Fox and other conservatives have no problem at all with using the IRS or other government agencies to attack those they disagree with. But if they even think that the same tactic is being used on them … wah! You know, a wise man once told me that people seldom accuse others of doing something that would not do, themselves. I guess this is proof of that.

American Intelligence Report posted a video with Doocy and his friends at Fox encouraging viewers to spam the IRS. Here’s the video:


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