Despite the Internal Revenue Service admitting to targeting Tea Party groups last week, it appears conspiracy theorists are too suspicious to know a good thing when they see it.
Comedian Jon Stewart said on Monday’s “The Daily Show” that the IRS scandal finally gives legitimacy to every Obama administration conspiracy theory. However, Salon’s Alex Seitz-Wald writes that conspiracy theorists like Rush Limbaugh, Michele Bachmann and Alex Jones only want to build on the conspiracy or ignore it altogether. Highly suspicious of the information given, they throw the original scandal out and opt for a new, non-legitimized version.
Rush Limbaugh said the negative media coverage of the White House in the wake of the scandal is just a means to exhaust the issue quickly and move on. “I don’t want to make the mistake of saying the media is on out side in this,” Limbaugh said Monday.
“The media’s always gonna be on the side of the Democrats; they’re always gonna be on the side of Obama,” he added.
Limbaugh said the story on the Department of Justice secretly acquiring Associated Press phone records will also be quickly dismissed from the news cycle. He believes “in two weeks, this will be forgotten, they will have made up over this and it’s not going to be that big of a deal.”
Bachmann refused to focus on the IRS scandal, saying it was a ploy by the administration to take away attention from the Benghazi hearings. “I think the Obama administration is desperate to spin Benghazi, and they can’t,” Bachmann said. “I think they saved this story up for a day like today so that conservatives would focus on this admission.”
Instead of reveling in the admittedly “outrageous” scandal that Obama said was “intolerable and inexcusable,” Bachmann theorized that the administration might go so far as to refuse health care to Republicans under Obamacare.
Infowars founder Alex Jones has not given an editorial on the IRS scandal and reports on his Nightly News show have been pat and dry.
Perhaps the truth just doesn’t dazzle theorists the way mining for secrets and postulating cover-ups can.
Last week, Limbaugh accused the mainstream media of ignoring the House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee hearing on Benghazi because there was no sex in the story. “We had sex with Jodi Arias, we had sex with the Castro brothers in Cleveland, sex with Amanda Knox. There’s no sex in Benghazi. No wonder it’s not interesting to people,” he said on his May 9 show.
This week the pundit appears to have fallen prey to his own theory.