The aftermath of the George Zimmerman verdict has been predictably sad. Not quite as sad as some had predicted, but sad nonetheless -- blocked interstates, rubber bullets, American flags aflame, celebrity Twitter feeds devoid of meaning or sense, and at least one random Hispanic beaten up. In the midst of this pathetic epilogue, there is at least one silver lining: the recent announcement that Zimmerman and his attorneys are planning to immediately resume their defamation lawsuit against NBC for what will hopefully be a grotesque sum of money. George Zimmerman will require a great deal of cash to keep himself and his family safe for the rest of his life, and I can think of no better entity to provide those resources than the media organization most guilty of trying to stack the deck against him.
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Steven Miller, who until his resignation on Wednesday was the acting commissioner of the IRS, recently explained that "mistakes were made" in the IRS’s deliberate targeting of various conservative organizations. It is a telling phrase, and one that doesn’t bode well for the Obama administration. Ronald Reagan invoked it during the height of the Iran-Contra scandal; more infamously, Richard Nixon and his press secretary, Ron Ziegler, used it to explain away many of the Nixon administration’s abuses. Miller, of course, claims that there was "in no way ... any political or partisan motivation," but when you target groups with “tea party,” “Constitution” or “patriot” in their names as a "shortcut," the claim of even-handedness becomes something more than laughable — it becomes pathetic.