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Fox Nation Fear Mongers About Armed IRS Agents Enforcing Health Care Reforms

Reported by Ellen - March 23, 2010 -

Fox Nation linked to an article from the Daily Caller called "IRS looking to hire thousands of tax agents to enforce health care laws" and changed the title to make it more inflammatory: "IRS Hiring Thousands of Armed Tax Agents to Enforce Obamacare?" (my empahsis) The original Daily Caller article said nothing about agents being armed to enforce the law. The Caller did mention that the additional agents are "in line with a long-term agency goal of ending the 'tax gap,' bureaucratese for the amount of uncollected taxes each year. In 2001, the IRS estimated the gap at around $300 billion." In other words, the hires are almost certainly not going to be solely dedicated to enforcing health insurance scofflaws as Fox Nation suggests. But that part got left out of the Fox Nation excerpt. Fox Nation took the first three paragraphs of The Daily Caller's article verbatim, except for one addition: Fox changed the sentence, "Republican lawmakers estimate the legislation will require the hiring of many thousands of new tax enforcement agents" to "Republican lawmakers estimate the legislation will require the hiring of many thousands of new (and armed) (my emphasis) tax enforcement agents" to again baselessly suggest that armed agents would be swooping down on and terrorizing unsuspecting citizens. Shame on them! You can contact Fox Nation about these tactics here. (H/T Thomas M.)