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CNBC's Harwood Tweets: 'Govt-on-citizen crime' of NJ Traffic Jam 'Durably Damaging' to Christie

On Friday, CNBC correspondent John Harwood tweeted that Chris Christie’s traffic scandal was “durably damaging” because it was a “direct govt-on-citizen crime - not indirect like graft, not personal (sex). Extremely rare.”

But when Harwood was accused by Twitter user Eric Swanson that he and others in media were being tougher on Christie’s traffic jam controversy than Barack Obama’s scandals, Harwood responded that “On Obama/IRS, no one’s found anything close to ‘time for traffic problems/got it’ connecting the WH.”

Perhaps Harwood just hasn’t been looking hard enough on the “durably damaging” IRS-Tea Party scandal, because there have been e-mails that have tied-in White House officials.

Unknown ObjectOn October 9 The Blaze reported that “Sarah Hall Ingram, the Internal Revenue Service official who used to head the office directly involved in the targeting of conservative groups, may have shared confidential taxpayer information with White House officials, according to 2012 emails uncovered by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.”

The Blaze’s Becket Adams added “White House officials, including White House health policy advisor Ellen Montz and deputy assistant to the president for health policy Jeanne Lambrew, were also apparently involved in sharing confidential taxpayer information, according to the Oversight emails.”

Harwood also bypassed the latest IRS bombshell, that an Obama donor was just named to head the IRS-Tea Party investigation.

The following is the Twitter exchange between Harwood and Eric Swanson:  

— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.