WHY IS THE NEW YORK TIMES SO LATE TO THE IRS STORY? THIS IS THEIR ANSWER

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See the opinion piece below by the NYT’s Public Editor Margaret Sullivan…

Is The Times Ignoring a Scandal at the I.R.S.?

By MARGARET SULLIVAN, New York Times Public Editor

Has The Times been interested enough in the politically charged events involving the Internal Revenue Service?

Many readers don’t think so. One, Harry Koenig of Monroe Township, New Jersey, wrote to me this week with strong words of criticism.

Noting that he had emailed earlier complaining about a lack of coverage of I.R.S. official Lois Lerner’s missing emails, a situation that has caused accusations of a Watergate-style political cover-up, he wrote again to complain that the coverage, once it began, was inadequate:

Well, kudos, as I see there was coverage the past few days – although on Page 19. Hey, it could have been in the Food or Fashion section. Mark Halperin, a frequent panelist on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, made an intriguing observation on Monday’s show about the I.R.S. scandal. After saying that the recent news regarding the destroyed hard drive belonging to former I.R.S. official Lois Lerner would be “a test for the news media,” Halperin took a stance on the scandal that few on the cable channel would dare take. “I think with a different administration, one that was a Republican administration, this story would be a national obsession.” Obviously, the New York Times failed the test.

I asked David Joachim, the Washington-based reporter and editor who has written several of the I.R.S. stories, to respond to this reader and others who believe The Times has not pursued the story aggressively enough.

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