WASHINGTON — Once again, a bumbling Internal Revenue Service has picked the wrong target.
Contrary to reports in the New York Times and other mainstream media, including CNN and Politico, it was not the Associated Press' records which were subpoenaed by the IRS, the Justice Department, and the FBI, in their continuing investigation of the IRS' diligent efforts to maintain the integrity of the part of the Internal Revenue Code which provides for charitable gift tax deductions.
Instead, the federal government brought all its considerable muscle on seizing the records of Apocryphal Press, because Apocryphal Press is a wordplay on Associated Press, and it is not only more reliable than Associated Press, it makes people laugh.
A solitary reporter, gratefully complying with the government subpoenas, referred the investigators to his website, apocryphalpress.com. “Because a friend of mine, who happens to be a genius, created that website, virtually all previous posts can be viewed online,” the solitary reporter explained to the investigators. “Nothing is hidden.”
In the end, the investigation into the breach of freedom of speech brought about by the government's subpoena of the records of Apocryphal Press was emphatically dropped by President Obama, over very stiff Republican opposition, so the president could spend a little more time worrying about Syria, North Korea, and what he plans to do after he leaves office.
But Obama's decision in no way satisfied Congressman Jason Chaffetz (T.P.-Utah), who spoke openly about the possibility of impeaching the president.