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The New York Times vs. the tea party: Mistakes were made

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on May 14, 2013 at 1:35 pm |
May 14, 2013 1:40 pm

The New York Times editorial board is doing some after-the-fact damage control over its enthusiastic support last year for Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of tea party groups.

Excerpt:

Taxpayers should be encouraged by complaints from Tea Party chapters applying for nonprofit tax status at being asked by the Internal Revenue Service to prove they are “social welfare” organizations and not the political activists they so obviously are.

Note the subject-less, passive-voice headline on its new editorial: “The I.R.S. audits are condemned.” Who, exactly, condemned them? (Please don’t ask.)

In politics, this grammatical evasion is standard fare for high-ranking officials trying to insinuate that some vague, faceless entity within their organizations – anyone but them – allowed the bad things to happen. The classic: “Mistakes were made.”

When the subject goes missing, start sniffing.

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