Mark Levin vs. IRS — The Good Guy Won
Mark Levin, nationally syndicated talk radio host and president of the Landmark Legal Foundation, scored a victory over the Internal Revenue Service, when the IRS apologized on Friday for targeting conservative tea party organizations. Not surprisingly, top officials blamed it on “lower level” IRS staff and claimed it was not politically-motivated.
When questions first surfaced last year that the Obama administration’s IRS was targeting conservative groups, Levin made inquiries about the matter. The apology would have never occurred without Levin’s inquiry, which also prompted members of Congress to seek answers. Levin also took similar action in the 1990s to stop similar politicization of the IRS by the Clinton administration.
Conservative talk radio hosts have a legacy of being activists and commentators, as is chronicled in The Right Frequency. Levin explained on his radio show Friday that it was as simple as the tax collecting agency targeting the anti-tax movement. “It would be funny if it weren’t so sick,” Levin said. He former Justice Department attorney also said he wasn’t finished investigating the matter.
It was Levin and Glenn Beck, among the national hosts, who really inspired the national tea party movement, even though talk radio figures from the past helped launch tea parties at a more local level.
The Right Frequency, available for a special deal on Amazon until May 27, details how a collection of local hosts in the early 1990s collaborated to halt a congressional pay raise, urging listeners to send tea bags to their congressman as a sign of protest. It also describes radio hosts orchestrated movements using the name “tea party” to stop state tax hikes in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Levin endorsed The Right Frequency last year.
“Fred Lucas not only delineates the roots of talk radio as a venue for communicating conservative political thought in the 1930s and 40s, he explains how it has become, in the 21st century, the life force for the conservative movement and the voice for conservative ideals on the current political landscape,” Levin said. “Anyone who loves talk radio will love this book.”