Not front page material in the Grey Lady's news judgment. But good enough for page A-11. With the third paragraph reassuring readers that an agency spokesperson had insisted
... that the move was not driven by politics, but she added, “We made some mistakes; some people didn’t use good judgment.”
But of course. One does wonder, though, how the Times would have played the news if, a few years back, it had come to light that the IRS had been auditing Valerie Plame.
But ... then, perhaps in the Times's lofty judgment, the IRS was merely doing what it should do. This, anyway, was how the Times editorial page saw it last year:
Taxpayers should be encouraged by complaints from Tea Party chapters applying for nonprofit tax status at being asked by the Internal Revenue Service to prove they are “social welfare” organizations and not the political activists they so obviously are.
One big, ham-fisted organization admiring the work of another.