As Scott Shackford and Mike Riggs have both noted, the Internal Revenue Service officially apologized today for singling out Tea Party and "patriot" groups for harassment during the 2012 election season. As you may recall, in March of last year The New York Times offered its own take on this growing scandal. In an unsigned editorial titled "The I.R.S. Does Its Job," the Times offered its unconditional support to the IRS, arguing that "Taxpayers should be encouraged by complaints from Tea Party chapters applying for nonprofit tax status," and that, "Such I.R.S. inquiries are long overdue."
I look forward to an apology from the editorial board of The New York Times for this unfortunate and misguided cheerleading of government abuse.