It turned out to be another great example of the ineptness, arrogance, and power-hungry attitude of the members of Congress. It was also funny to watch how the news media covered the hearing Friday morning. That, too, shows the ineptness of our so-called "fair" media outlets.
The hearing displayed the contentious feelings between the Republicans and Democrats themselves, demonstrated to the point that members of the committee from both parties asked for fairness and for basic House rules be followed. The hearing demonstrated how pleas for fairness go unheeded and how a witness can be manhandled and abused, all in what at least the committee members think is a way to get to the truth.
The truth is, they don't know how to get the truth and they don't care about the truth.
The truth is, especially when media members and cameras are present, each side wants to come off looking like they are the better people. The truth is, the members of both sides of the isle came off looking like buffoons.
To sum it up, the whole public hearing is another typical political dog and pony show. It's the art of perception, which politicians are real good at and news media members (most not worth their salt) eat up. The politicians try to appear that they are getting something done when actually nothing at all is getting done.
The final perception to any ordinary citizen watching the actual hearing is that this is a whole waste of time to take care of business -- though it is valuable time for politicians to make an ass of themselves.
The media, of course, grabbed a lot of good "sound bites" of vicious argumentative statements and exchanges to make it look like the committee was really onto something and beating the crap out of the IRS, figuratively speaking. But what the media didn't report was the internal bickering and arguments between the committee members themselves.
All in all. it was another good example of why the ordinary citizens like us have such a low rating of Congress -- and politicians in general -- and how the media skews the information in order to present the best in drama which, in turn, translates into viewer ratings which, in turn, brings in advertisers so the media outlet can make more money.
You want to investigate the IRS problem? Get a professional investigator and let him/her use their skills to quietly get to the truth and then present the results to the committees. Saves a whole lot of hot air and buffoonery.
No wonder our country is going to Hell in a hand-basket and the speed is picking up.