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May 30th, 2013
11:52 PM ET

Marc Lamont Hill on IRS targeting, Benghazi, and phone records: "They're not presidential scandals ... they have nothing to do with him"

With Washington still reeling from a series of so-called scandals, on Thursday evening Piers Morgan invited Margaret Hoover and Marc Lamont Hill to offer their candid commentary on everything from Benghazi, Libya to phone records and IRS targeting.

"Yes, they're scandals. All three of them are scandals," began Hoover, an author and political strategist, before placing her statement into context:

"I think the American people are smart. They are able to distinguish between their approval rating of the president. And by the way, there is no clear connection between the president and the IRS scandals right now," she pointed out. "Ronald Reagan was called 'The Teflon President.' Why? Because none of the scandals from the second administration stuck to him."

Despite the aforementioned trio of controversial incidents, Barack Obama continues to be viewed favorably by the public. According to Hill, this has as much to do with the other side of the aisle, as it does with the man residing on Pennsylvania Avenue:

"The American people know that even if they're scandals, they're not presidential scandals. They have nothing to do with him, number one. And number two, it's also a referendum on how they feel the Republican Party has dealt with these 'scandals,'" noted the "HuffPost Live" host. "They see Benghazi as an issue that needs to be investigated, but they also see the way the Right Wing has attempted to convince us, that this is the scandal of all scandals that is connected to President Obama. They look at the IRS scandal, and say, 'Okay, this is a problem. Clearly bad actions have taken place here. But the president was not sitting in the White House figuring out how to take down the Tea Party through taxation.'"

Watch the clip and listen to the interviews, as Hoover and Hill each offer insightful perspective as part of the recently created "Breaking The News" segment.
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  1. brasstacs

    I have heard many mindless stupid things come foaming from the mouth of Piers Morgan,but tonight (Thursday) "take's the cake" when Morgan said "What is more important the right to own and bear firearms or the life of a child"...It just doesn't get anymore mindless and then that ...As if a law abiding responsible citizen 2nd amendment rights to own a gun puts children in danger...What does put children in danger are irresponsible people,doing any number of things...And by far the most shootings are done by criminal thugs shooting other thugs with illegal handguns...and far to often these thugs shoot the innocent...In area's where there are less gun restrictions the crime rate is down,and area's like Chicago where there are some of the strictest gun control laws in the country there are more shooting deaths then Afghanistan...And now even in the UK after their gun bans and confiscation the people want the bans on guns to be lifted because their crime rate has sky rocketed.Morgan should get his facts right before he shoots off his pie hole. .... http://www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2013/05/14/disarming-realities-as-gun-sales-soar-gun-crimes-plummet/ http://www.thecommentator.com/article/3644/britain_wants_its_guns_back

    May 31, 2013 at 12:01 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • JD

      THIS IS THE RARE TIME I AGREE WITH PIERS and the majority of the WORLD! Less than 100 people killed by Guns in the UK annually!!! YOU don't understand THE TRUTH!!! OVER 9000 people killed annually in the GOOD OLD USA!!!! Go back to tour TEA PARTY!!!!

      May 31, 2013 at 12:58 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Scare The Pilgrims

        w w w . c o m m en t a t o r . c o m / a r t i c l e / 3 6 4 4 / b r i t a i n _w a n t s _ i t s _ g u n s _ b a c k
        See For Yourself how The People of the U.K. Really Feel About all the bragging by Piers Morgan about a GUN FREE U.K.

        May 31, 2013 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
      • brasstacs

        JD....It's you who are blind to the facts...The UK has some of the most violent crime rates in Europe,and the over all murder rate has even increased since their gun ban has taken placed...The shootings in the USA are mostly done by Criminal thugs,shooting other criminals with illegal handguns obtained through straw gun buyers...like Chicago,where last weekend alone had 29 shootings,and Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country,...Chicago also ranks last in the country (#90 out of 90) for gun crime prosecutions and this is a disgrace...So wise up and look at the facts and liberal ideology.

        May 31, 2013 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
      • brasstacs

        JD ...Correction..".Look at the facts and NOT to liberal ideology".

        May 31, 2013 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Jason B

        Then stay in the UK and butt out of our country's business JD. And take Morgan back, we don't want the idiot.

        June 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      Is he anti-abortion? What does abortion have to do with guns you don't do abortions with guns you kill babies with needles and drugs and now we know clippers. Are we gonna ban clippers?

      May 31, 2013 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Jason B

        Maybe next. I'm guessing Piers is gearing up for the fight to ban pressure cookers.

        June 2, 2013 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ed curtis

    How does Marc Hill know the President is not connected to these "Scandals?" Further, Piers is asking who is riling up (gun owning) ricin letter writers. I would suggest that he is!

    May 31, 2013 at 4:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mark

    I agree with Ed! It is extremely amusing that everybody seems to think that the scandal at the IRS was only done by two rogue employees! Yes, the two top bosses have resigned, but it takes more than these two rogue employees to do all this damage. And it started in 2010, and even though they may never be able to directly link it to Obama, it obviously came down from way up top! Obama had Hillary Clinton cover-up the Libya. Embassy stuff and now that is falling apart. And I laughed even louder when Mr. Morgan is more concerned about the press being listened to and their e-mails, etc. being spied on, when it's the same type of thing he did back in merry old England to public figures, etc.! Mr. Holder is going to end up on the wrong end of the law and we will see if his buddy Obama will pardon him after it is all over?! And as far as the gun issue goes with Mr. Morgan, he keeps bringing up the children from Sandy Hook. What about all the murders in Chicago every day and night, much less the rest of the murders committed across the whole country by illegal firearms. Mr. Morgan definitely does not care about all these people. His whole show is about one crazy person at Sandy Hook! Banning the weapon now is too late as they are already out in the public's hands and background checks do not find out whether or not you have mental issues! How many times does he have to be told this? Background checks, Mr. Morgan do not find out who is not stable! Besides that fact, it's not just those with mental issues that go out and shoot people. You said that you would leave the US if they did not get some sort of gun control past on the second try, and yet you are still here! You are obviously not a man of your word! But I guess we already knew that from your history in England, etc.

    May 31, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Randy

    Actually, those investigating, are now finding evidence that the improper IRS scrutiny is broader covering "pro-Israel" and "Pro-Life" organizations. They asked them questions like what did you pray for? and you are not allowed to picket abortion clinics.

    May 31, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jason B

    The President, Hillary, Axelrod, Holder, Jarrett...none of them knew anything? Yeah right...just like Nixon didn't know anything about the IRS harassment or Watergate...or Kennedy didn't know about Chappaquiddick, or Bush (Sr) didn't know anything about Iran/Contra...or Cheney didn't know anything about many things...

    June 2, 2013 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Johnny 5

    Go back to sleep american's. We are here to help.

    -The Government

    June 3, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Paul

    But the president says they're just phony, not scandals at all! This administration has been the LEAST transparent, not the most. He's just worried about his legacy. What about his old comments on whistleblowers? What about his old comments on transparency? What about his plan to work in a bipartisan manner? He has done nothing but work to further divide this country, blaming everything on the other side. We have lost freedom and there are people out there foolish enough to think it makes us safer for the government to know every detail of their lives.

    July 27, 2013 at 6:22 am | Report abuse | Reply

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