Just how accurate is President Obama's claim that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” in the IRS targeting scandal?
In a February interview with Bill O'Reilly, the President suggested media coverage was turning a non-issue into a controversy, telling O'Reilly, “These kinds of things keep on surfacing, in part because you and your TV station will promote them.”
Similarly, former head IRS official Lois Lerner recently made an assertion in an interview with Politico that she “didn't do anything wrong.”
However, this infographic from Reason seems to belie Lerner's and Obama's claims:
The chart's most startling figure shows how of the 298 groups whose applications for tax exempt status were delayed, a whopping 83% were right-leaning organizations.
The other revelations - conservative groups having to answer more than 3 times as many questions as liberal groups and being approved for non-profit status 45% of the time versus 70% of the time for liberal groups - buoy the position that the IRS did in fact target conservative groups.