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IRS scandal is this generation’s Watergate, Woodward says; so why knock Fox News?

As the 40th anniversary year of President Nixon’s resignation draws to an end, one of the newspapermen who helped bring it about said the Obama administration’s IRS scandal — which has faded from the headlines in recent weeks — should be this generation’s answer to Watergate.

In fact, Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz in an interview, it would be just the kind of job a much younger Woodward might tackle himself, along with Watergate investigative partner Carl Bernstein.

“The reality now in my view is that in the Obama administration, there are lots of unanswered questions about the IRS, particularly,” Woodward said in an interview broadcast Sunday.

“If I were young, I would take Carl Bernstein and move to Cincinnati where that IRS office is and set up headquarters and go talk to everyone.”

Check out the video here, via Breitbart.

Note that Woodward appears to have some complaints about how Fox News has covered the scandal and compare it to how his ex-boss, former Post Executive Editor Ben Bradlee, would have overseen coverage of an IRS investigation by the Post.

It’s interesting, but it misses the point. The big question is not whether Fox’s coverage lives up to Woodward’s expectations, or how Bradlee would have handled it (he died on Tuesday), but why Woodward is talking about Fox. Maybe it’s because his own newspaper, the New York Times and most of the other mainstream media have skirted the IRS story from the beginning.

In fact, if there were no such thing as Fox News, there might not be any IRS scandal at all.

These were the same news outlets, remember, that were so relentless 40 years ago in their pursuit of a Republican administration.

Funny how that works.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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