An Iowa woman who has operated a cash only Mexican restaurant recently learned that the IRS had siezed her checking account for no reason.
The agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.
“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?”
As it turns out she did nothing wrong but that didn't stop the IRS. Bob Woodward, former Washinton Post reporter and famous for his expose of the Watergate scandal has been all over various news outlets this weekend bemoaning the total lack of interest by jounalists in all the IRS overreach the past couple of years.
He said, "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."
Problem is no one in journalism cares about real jounalism or reporting anymore. They're content to be apolgists or stenographers and any lone wolf reporter who does not take things at face value are dismissed as Fox News types.
Here is one journalist who works in a way every reporter should: Sharyl Attkisson. She has been digging into stories of many stripes, not letting some spokesperson get away with a gloss over or worse, "nothing to see here" commentary.
Maybe we're coming into the age of real reporters being women, the men are either lazy or disinterested.