Thursday, briefly

Gee, you think they might have been lying all along? So much for the “we had to use keywords because we were flooded with applications” excuse.

The scrutiny began, however, in March 2010, before an uptick could have been observed, according to data contained in the audit released Tuesday from the Treasury Department’s inspector general for tax administration.

I’ll need a second opinion: A U.K. study says Stuxnet helped the Iranian nuclear program. Considering the source–a country filled with rabid Israel-haters–I’ll reserve judgment until I hear someone else say the same.

Covering up the truth: The Palestinians are barring Israeli reporters from the West Bank. Why? Spin control. The article is played as a tit for tat operation–Israel limits Palestinian journalists, so the PLO must do the same.

A petition endorsed by 200 Palestinian journalists and circulated in April urges officials to limit access for Israeli reporters in the West Bank, noting that the Israeli government restricts the Palestinians’ access in Israel.

“These are journalists fighting for their press freedom by denying us press freedom,” said a veteran Israeli journalist, fluent in Arabic, who has covered the West Bank daily for a decade and spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

But why are Palestinian journalists stopped from entering Israel? Oh, yeah–that pesky thing where Palestinian terrorists use the “Press” markings for cover to kill Israelis.

It’s come to this: Slate magazine is giving journalists tips on how to stop the U.S. government from spying on them. But go ahead, Mr. President, tell us not to listen to warnings of government tyranny.

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