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Pew Study Confirms That Fox Is Dominant Source of ‘News’ on the Right – Liberals Rely on Many Sources

graph-pew-differences-in-liberal-conservative-news-sourcesThe PewResearch Journalism Project has released a study that confirms what is already clear: The American right gets most of its information about politics from Fox News, while the left relies on multiple sources, including CNN, NPR, MSNBC and the New York Times.

According to the study, consistent conservatives:

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Verbatim

Said Entirely Without Irony, We Assume

One of the worst abuses of power imaginable.

— Vice President Dick Cheney, quoted by National Journal, on the IRS targetting of conservative groups.

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The Testimony Issa Suppressed: Self-Described Conservative Republican IRS Official Said He Initiated Extra Scrutiny on Tea Party

Chairman Issa

Reuters:

A U.S. Internal Revenue Service manager, who described himself as a conservative Republican, told congressional investigators that he and a local colleague decided to give conservative groups the extra scrutiny that has prompted weeks of political controversy.

In an official interview transcript released on Sunday by Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, the manager said he and an underling set aside “Tea Party” and “patriot” groups that had applied for tax-exempt status because the organizations appeared to pose a new precedent that could affect future IRS filings.

Cummings, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducting the probe, told CNN’s “State of the Union” program that the manager’s comments provided evidence that politics was not behind IRS actions that have fueled a month-long furor in Washington.

“He is a conservative Republican working for the IRS. I think this interview and these statements go a long way toward showing that the White House was not involved in this,” Cummings told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

“Based upon everything I’ve seen, the case is solved. And if it were me, I would wrap this case up and move on,” he added.

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Verbatim

Issa Conjures Shades of McCarthyism

In a reminder of how the GOP overreached during the Clinton-era sex scandal, [Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-CA)] doesn’t seem capable of letting damning facts speak for themselves. … Note what Issa is doing. He does it all the time–start an unsubstantiated allegation with an absolute declaration (‘when in fact’) and follow it with weasel words (‘the indication is’). This smear-and-caveat technique allows him to ruin reputations without being called a liar. Issa is a demagogue with plausible deniability.

— Ron Fournier, writing in National Journal.

Enumerati

A Plurality Don’t Believe Obama on IRS Scandal

47%

Of Americans say they don’t believe Obama on the IRS controversy, compared with 40% who say he is being truthful, a new Bloomberg poll finds. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds 55% of poll respondents said IRS scrutiny of conservative groups raised some level of doubt about the administration’s “overall honesty and integrity.”

Verbatim

Republicans Can’t Resist the Urge to Invoke Nixon

Of course, the enemies list out of the White House that IRS was engaged in shutting down or trying to shut down the conservative political viewpoint across the country — an enemies list that rivals that of another president some time ago.

— Rep. Hal Rodgers (R-KY), quoted by the Washington Post.

Enumerati

Plurality See IRS Probe as Most Important of Three Scandals

44%

Of voters see the IRS probe as the most important of the three controversies surrounding the White House — Benghazi, IRS targeting and seizing reporter phone records — with 24% citing Benghazi and 15% picking the AP records seizure, a new Quinnipiac poll finds. But voters say 73% to22% that dealing with the economy and unemployment is a higher priority than investigating these three issues.

Verbatim

IRS Official Takes the Fifth

Because I’m asserting my right not to testify I know people will assume I’ve done something wrong. I have not. One of the basic rights of the Fifth Amendment is to protect innocent individuals and that’s the protection I’m invoking today, thank you.

— IRS official Lois Lerner, quoted by the Washington Post, in a prepared statement before the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee.

Poetic Justice

Three Strikes — Out!

First, it was the whole Benghazi embassy mess,
Then, it was the Tea Party scandal with the IRS.
Of course, everyone agrees,
Bad things come in threes.
Wait for it — Justice was spying on the Associated Press!

Enumerati

IRS Asked One Tea Party Group 55 Questions

55

Number of questions the IRS asked one tea party group, including demands for names of all its donors and volunteers, The Daily Mail reports.