Funny: Jon Stewart on the IRS Tea Party Witch Hunt

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In case you missed it, last night Jon Stewart took on the IRS-Tea Party and Justice Department-spying-on-reporters scandals and, as they say, nailed it. In an inspired burst of hilarious, impassioned (and profanity-laden) outrage, he summed up exactly why the reports of a Nixonian-sounding IRS witch-hunt against right-wing and Tea Party groups are, beyond their offense against the law, the Constitution and good government, a betrayal of liberals and liberalism.


While we’re at it, here is my favorite line:

Does part of you want to say that this IRS thing doesn’t rise to the level of outing a CIA agent to silence war critics? Me too, I guess. (Or, for that matter, that losing four Americans in a horrible security screw-up in Benghazi doesn’t match up to the loss of 4,486 servicemen and -women and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians in a decade-long horrible security screw-up. I couldn’t resist.)

But you know what? Get over it. This IRS thing is real, and this time you have to be on the side of outrage and the outraged. As we’ve been saying all along, decency is supposed to be non-partisan.

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J.J. Goldberg

J.J. Goldberg

Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).

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