On March 9, when journalists Michael Shellenberger and Matt Taibbi testified to Congress about what they had uncovered in Elon Musk’s “Twitter Files,” an agent from the IRS went to Taibbi’s New Jersey home. A message was left for him by the agent on the door.
According to a report, the IRS agent’s office left a message telling Taibbi to call in 4 days so they could chat. The agent informed him that his 2018 and 2021 tax forms were denied due to identity theft fears.
Taibbi met with Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the House Judiciary Committee chair, to tell him about the unusual IRS visit. He sent Jordan the records showing that his 2018 tax return was approved online with no issues.
Taibbi’s accountants tried to resubmit his 2021 return using a PIN issued by the IRS, but their efforts were also unsuccessful. Yet Taibbi insisted that the issue wasn’t one of the funds for either year, claiming that he was due a “substantial” sum of money by the IRS. Why would they show up at his door for this reason?
Journalists hired by Musk, including Taibbi, found alarming evidence of political prejudice within Twitter and collusion with multiple government agencies to restrict content that was falsely branded “disinformation” but was frequently genuine.
Twitter had regular meetings with Big Tech companies and government organizations. Journalists have used the phrase “censorship industrial complex” to describe this group’s combined efforts.
Reports revealed when the FBI warned Big Tech in December 2019 that “Russian misinformation” against the Biden family, especially Hunter Biden, may surface in October 2020, they were primed to block the laptop narrative, despite knowing it to be true since December 2019.
According to a report, conservatives warned for months that President Joe Biden’s Inflation Act proposal to employ 87,000 IRS officers would lead to additional audits of small companies and families. The Biden administration and Congressional Democrats have tried to deny this.
Last week, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told the House Ways and Means Committee that the number of new audits would stay at historical levels for individuals and small companies generating under $400,000.