Fox & Friends cites debunked myth that IRS nefariously targeted tea party groups to push lie that social media companies censor conservatives

From the April 11 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): Every time I see a Facebook executive, Twitter executive come up to Capitol Hill, it reminds me so much of what happened with the IRS and the tea parties. They had -- the tea party had so much success in 2010 sidelining President Obama's agenda. So in 2012 you want to make sure that didn't happen, you would think, some would theorize, and the IRS starts scrutinizing these tea party organizations. And as that scrutiny was underway, these tea party organizations never got underway. Therefore they had no impact. The investigation petered out. Guess what, these -- Facebook and Twitter had so much to do with the president's success, and now so much of his support is being sidelined while executives seem to deny it. So they are getting what they want, playing out the clock, and showing up in hearings like this. But nothing changes, and the election gets closer and closer. 

DANA LOESCH (NRA SPOKESPERSON): Yeah. It's all about changing that company culture. I mean, I appreciate that Jack Dorsey is having a conversation about it and how much of that is motivated by genuine concern for fairness represented on his platform. He is the only one who knows that. But I just wish that culture at Twitter is changed, because you can't look at that number of accounts that have been suspended and the way things are promoted. 


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