If Matt Drudge, editor of the Drudge Report, shocked people with tweets repeatedly tarring former Bill Clinton with the term "impeached," his wake-up tweet on Dec. 30, 2013, surpassed it. Drudge tweeted, "Note how none of the yearender 'lists' rank IRS scandal as a top story. Reporters and editors are scared sh*tless..."
The IRS is starting 2014 on a down note of service outages: The IRS site is currently experiencing tech problems with some service outages that won't be fixed until nearly mid January. Some of the services are crucial and could result in penalties for taxpayers who must meet deadlines. If this seems similar to the healthcare.gov problems which have beset users who are losing their insurance, facing deadllines -- it is. (More information on the outages further into the article.)
Joseph Farah quickly assured Matt that he was fearless, tweeting, "It's on WND's top 10 list of under-reported stories, which has not yet been published."
Whether journalists' fear of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is a real issue and anal related or not, Drudge may be happy to learn he was a bit premature in his call. Time listed,"The IRS Overreaches," as number nine of ten top stories. Author Noah Rayman wrote:
When a report surfaced in May that the IRS was targeting nonprofits with words like “Tea Party” in their name for increased scrutiny, it looked, momentarily, like President Obama was facing a major political scandal. Within days, the IRS’ acting commissioner resigned and Republicans were calling for Obama’s impeachment. But things didn’t unfold as expected. Obama maintained he had no knowledge of the policy, and it soon became clear that the IRS also targeted liberal groups seeking nonprofit status. Instead, the revelations served as a reminder of the bureaucracy’s potential to overstep its bounds and spurred an internal review that found ongoing malpractice within the agency.
The Washington Examiner gave the IRS scandal a strong nod in "Best of 2013: Rep. Darrell Issa takes on the IRS." Not exactly mainstream media, but in the list, "News Stories Of 2013 That Actually Matter To Americans," the "IRS Scandal" was listed as second only to "The ObamaCare Rollout And Liberalism’s “Lie Of The Year,” over at People's Pundit Daily.
It's apparent that the IRS scandal is popping up on some lists; however, there may be and there still is time for even more lists to surface. Again, since the ball has yet to drop on 2014, Matt still has room to encourage journalists to "s*it or get off the pot."
Shades of Obamacare, the IRS site is currently experiencing tech problems: Online, IRS service outages abide with shades of the problems plaguing the Obamacare site. Taxpayers can't get through to the services they need nor can live telephone help get through to help because the crucial services are unavailable. It's a vicious tech circle. Whatever the problem, the block isn't going to disappear soon.
Meanwhile, for anyone hoping to get through to the scandalous IRS, it may be impossible either through the phone or online. A phone message warns all callers who hope to handle any last minute tax details that for technical reasons some information is unavailable so a rep may be unable to help complete the task. Taxpayer calls are dropped into a queue; long waits are the norm.
According to the IRS Outage Page, "The following services will be unavailable during the periods listed below":
- Modernized e-File will be unavailable 12:00 pm ET December 26, 2013 thru 7:00 am ET January 11, 2014;
- Where's My Refund, Where's My Amended Return and Modernized Employer Identification Number will be unavailable 5:00 pm ET December 27, 2013 thru 6:00 am ET January 2, 2014;
- Online Payment Agreement and Electronic Filing PIN will be unavailable 5:00 pm ET December 27, 2013 thru 6:00 am ET January 13, 2014;
- First Time Homebuyer Credit will be unavailable 5:00 pm ET December 27, 2013 thru 6:00 am ET January 14, 2014; and
- FATCA will be unavailable 5:00 pm ET December 30, 2013 thru 12:01 am ET January 1, 2014.