Scandals provide vital media coverage

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By Harold Morgan

“Ya think, DiNozzo?” Gibbs responds on NCIS when Agent Dinozzo offers something totally obvious. Today’s question might better be, “Just what were they thinking?”
Two recent headlines create the suspicion that all may well not be right. For me, the stories generate wonder about the culture, the mindset of the Obama administration. Both touch New Mexico.
The old news is the Internal Revenue Service using tax rules to intimidate conservative advocacy organizations. IRS games with the Albuquerque Tea Party reportedly started in late 2011. The IRS sought all sorts of documents from the group, including emails between board members.
I have seen bureaucratic intimidation. A classic was the member of Albuquerque’s zoning board, the Environmental Planning Commission, instructing a developer to plant a tree in the front yard of every home in his subdivision. Other developers have muttered between their teeth about petty changes perpetually required that eventually destroy a project.

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