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And now for the utterly predictable: Voxsplaining the IRS

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The Internal Revenue Service announced this month that a mysterious computer crash destroyed thousands of subpoenaed emails belonging to officials suspected of participating in the targeting of conservative groups, prompting a fresh round of questions from congressional investigators.

But despite tough questions and suggestions of a possible cover-up, the embattled federal agency, along with the help of the White House, is sticking to its very questionable story.

And it is a questionable story, one that merits some serious digging. Well, it's questionable unless you write for Vox, the website that promises to “explain” the news.

According to Vox, the IRS losing thousands of subpoenaed emails means the agency needs more money.

Lots of it.



Yes, that's what Vox took away from the announcement that thousands of emails have gone missing: The IRS' budget is too small and it needs to be expanded so the federal agency can avoid future mishaps.

Whoops. Sorry about those emails.

The article suggests that the targeting scandal was most likely the product of the IRS cutting corners as it attempted to weed out so-called “dark money” groups. The report also refers to the IRS' Cincinnati office as being the “epicenter” of the scandal, which is just lazy and misleading.

Look, I can go on explaining everything that's wrong with the Vox post, but Hot Air's Noah Rothman has already written a comprehensive takedown.

What I wanted to note is the fact that the spin from groups like Vox is so utterly predictable that Hot Air's Allahpundit was able to predict it one day in advance.

“I'll spare you a click and Voxsplain this one right here: Clearly the answer is to increase the IRS's budget, so that they can afford more reliable PCs,” Allahpundit wrote on June 17.

The Vox article was published June 18.

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