Bloomberg's Ryan Donmoyer, a participant in the hard-left Journo-List, has an article about a Treasury Department look at the question of whether White House aide Austan Goolsbee did anything wrong in naming Koch Industries in a conversation with reporters about corporate tax structures. The final paragraphs of the article dismiss the concerns:
Christopher Bergin, chief executive of Tax Analysts, a Falls Church, Virginia, publisher of tax information, said it's "incredibly unlikely" that top White House officials would violate confidentiality laws. Even if they tried, IRS procedures put in place after President Richard Nixon tried to use the agency for political purposes would stop them, Bergin said.
"Alleging that any White House would go into your tax information because you're their enemy?" said Bergin, whose group frequently sues the IRS to disclose tax information.
"You're alleging that not only the administration did this, but that the IRS had to be complicit," he said. "This is from Mars right now."
What the article does not disclose is that Tax Analysts is Mr. Donmoyer's former employer; Mr. Donmoyer worked there for five years. It's something readers might want to know when wondering why Mr. Bergin, who apparently has no firsthand knowledge of the situation, gets a three paragraph ad in the Bloomberg article to voice his opinion about the issue. The Bloomberg article also fails to credit the Washington Times, which reported the Treasury Inspector General review of the Goolsbee-Koch issue on Tuesday, more than 24 hours before Mr. Donmoyer's article was posted.