St. Louis Reporter Larry Conners says he was harassed by the IRS after a tough April 2012 interview:
Shortly after I did my April 2012 interview with President Obama, my wife, friends and some viewers suggested that I might need to watch out for the IRS.I don't accept "conspiracy theories", but I do know that almost immediately after the interview, the IRS started hammering me.At the time, I dismissed the "co-incidence", but now, I have concerns … after revelations about the IRS targeting various groups and their members....In that April 2012 interview, I questioned President Obama on several topics: the Buffet Rule, his public remarks about the Supreme Court before the ruling on the Affordable Care Act. I also asked why he wasn't doing more to help Sen. Claire McCaskill who at that time was expected to lose. The Obama interview caught fire and got wide-spread attention because I questioned his spending.I said some viewers expressed concern, saying they think he's "out of touch" because of his personal and family trips in the midst of our economic crisis.The President's face clearly showed his anger; afterwards, his staff which had been so polite … suddenly went cold.That's to be expected, and I can deal with that just as I did with President George H. Bush's staff when he didn't like my questions.Journalistic integrity is of the utmost importance to me. My job is to ask the hard questions, because I believe viewers have a right to be well-informed. I cannot and will not promote anyone's agenda – political or otherwise – at the expense of the reporting the truth.What I don't like to even consider … is that because of the Obama interview … the IRS put a target on me.Can I prove it? At this time, no.But it is a fact that since that April 2012 interview … the IRS has been pressuring me.