Top

blog

Stories

 

KMOV-TV's Larry Conners Says IRS May Have Been Targeting Him For Years (UPDATE)

Categories: Media, News

larry-conners-kmov.jpg
via Twitter
Larry Conners.
Yesterday, KMOV-TV (Channel 4)'s Larry Conners made quite a splash when he speculated on his Facebook page whether the Internal Revenue Service may have targeted him in response to his interview with Barack Obama last year. Our original coverage is below. Since his post got national attention, Conners went on air to address the controversy -- and offer a pretty surprising disclosure.

His issues with the IRS, he announced, "preceded that interview by several years."

And, he emphasized, his views are his own, not that of his company.

Watch his full statement below.

See also:
- Larry Conners Shows Off His O-Face: "Squeeze Those Legs, Larry! Squeeze 'Em!"
- No. 1 -- Taze Larry Conners: 5 Ways to Celebrate July 4th Without Fireworks
- Will KMOV's Anchors Just Do It Already?

Conners was already getting quite a lot of attention for his remarks -- in the wake of growing controversy around the IRS's targeting of conservative groups -- but his disclosure yesterday changes the story quite a bit.

First off, the central premise of his Facebook post was that he did a tough interview with the president last year -- one which, he claimed, the White House didn't seem to like. And after that, the IRS "started hammering" him. The fact that he actually had issues with the IRS for several years prior certainly is, at the very least, relevant to note.

The disclosure earned him some mocking on Twitter yesterday.


Conners also admitted that he may have "unintentionally" crossed a line as a journalist, when he interjected a personal matter into a national news story, which some said is an important question to address:

Conners does still have support from conservative radio host Dana Loesch, who was very vocal about the issue yesterday and argued that it was still a legitimate story because the IRS targeting did intensify after the Obama interview. She also alleged that, according to her knowledgeable source, Conners didn't write his own statement and was forced to read it.

We've left a message with KMOV yesterday and have not heard back. We'll update if we do.

At the same time, Conners' parent company came down pretty hard yesterday, saying his Facebook and Twitter posts were inappropriate and that the company does not condone "personal posts that jeopardize the journalistic nature of our business."

Continue for our original coverage and for the full Facebook message.


My Voice Nation Help
22 comments
James Madison
James Madison

We will never know the truth about the audits. The IRS has lost all credibility. End the income tax. Repeal the 16th amendment, and lets go back to collecting federal funds as the Constitution envisioned. Repeal the 16th amendment now and end the IRS and political hacks.

James Madison
James Madison

The truth does not matter? Amazing you eat that horseshit without choking. When officials tell lies, it does matter. It was NEVER about the video. Obama and Bill Clinton's wife wanted to blame an American for Americans being killed.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper topcommenter

Wow, I used to have a little respect for Larry Conners back when I still lived in St Louis.  But now he has gone WAY off the reservation.  And the funny thing, this IRS "scandal" is, in reality, a joke.  Yes, they checked out the tea baggers, but also ALL the groups that were trying to get tax exempt status because of Citizens United making it easy for these groups to form.  They were checked out, NOT persecuted.

Brian Matthews
Brian Matthews

Hey Derek. He convinced himself that the G-Men were out to get him several years before the interview that he cited yesterday- at least that's what he reported today in his 'apology'. Do you feel like a dumbass yet? Which day will you pick to believe him; today or yesterday?

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

The right side of history you say....? I peed pants a touch reading that....

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

Derek please copy/paste 1 single link, where you were asking for the same info, on GWs admin, and the 60+ deaths via consolate/embassy attacks on his watch. You teabillys are really so easy to make marks of. It's tremendously easy to point out the abject hypocrisy of any and every talking point you just schloepped together. Are you close to as furious as to why your teabrain party blocked funding for security for consolates/embassy's abroad... I'll wait.... And wait and wait..... You and your ilk are grave dancing and it's truly despicable.

Paul Hibbard
Paul Hibbard

The first sign someone is crazy is when they start talking about Benghazi.

Brian Matthews
Brian Matthews

He's a partisan hack that shills for the Teaparty making a living stoking fears of middle class persecution. He has dedicated his life to his victim fetish.

Penelope The RootCellar Wigstock
Penelope The RootCellar Wigstock

Derek--Hillary Clinton NEVER said that Benghazi doesn't matter, you LIAR,. She said that whatever prompted the attack didn't matter because Americans died! She was trying to point out that the focus should be in ensuring that this doesn't happen again...though it happened 6-7 times under Dubya, so there's that.

Blake Harris
Blake Harris

Maybe ole Larry will start believing a few conspiracy theory's since it is a word for a reason..

Derek Wallace
Derek Wallace

WOW! Larry Conners has diligently reported the news for MANY years in St Louis without any kind of personal scandal or controversy, and he's suddenly an "attention whore"? Here's someone who comes forward about being harassed by a corrupt system and he gets mocked. I suppose this is to be expected from the same sort of idiots who, like Hilary Clinton, think Benghazi doesn't matter. The information has come out that the Benghazi whistleblowers have been threatened by the current administration. Who REALLY doesn't think these same goons wouldn't get the IRS to harass a reporter? What is it that makes some people think Obama walks on water? He's a devious fucking criminal, as was the man in office before him, and on down the line. Has anyone else bothered to check out the press conference 5 days ago where the families of SEAL team 6, as well as retired military personnel speak out against this administration? Benghazi is the tip of the iceberg. Get on the right side of history and stop supporting tyranny! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqtJrJ40Cio

Paul Hibbard
Paul Hibbard

If he wasn't so busy scaring suburban white people every night about crime in north city, he would have had time to pay his taxes.

Benjamin Scherliss
Benjamin Scherliss

OMG - the I.R.S. also required me to pay my taxes by April 14th this year -- this is obviously because I watched that interview Conners did!

Kurt Bagin
Kurt Bagin

If you paid your taxes and didn't cheat the poor warriors fighting for your free speech rights, You'll have nothing to worry about Larry.

Jay Ejh
Jay Ejh

sigh..... why am i not surprised?

Brian Matthews
Brian Matthews

He is an attention whore suffering from delusions of relevancy.

jgibson34
jgibson34

It's WAY past time for KMOV to fire GOP shill Larry Conners! He's the main reason why I prefer 2/11 or 5 to 4 for the news. 

Now Trending

St. Louis Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

General

Loading...