Thousands of Supposedly Lost Emails from IRS Scandal Figure Lois Lerner Recovered

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Let’s have another slow clap of appreciation for the Obama Administration’s slow-walking scandal control protocols.

By dragging historic scandals out for years, the Administration has time and again slipped devastating revelations past the short attention spans of the public… and the even shorter attention spans of media loyalists who can’t wait to declare each damaging story “old news.”

Thanks to this tactic, revelations that would have been bombshells a few months ago become footnotes, ground into dust by the relentless turning of the news-cycle millstone.  For example, the latest revelations in the IRS scandal give us abundant cause to doubt the veracity of statements made to Congress by Internal Revenue Service officials, notably including the current commissioner, John Koskinen.

A trove of emails from former Tax Exempt Organizations chief Lois Lerner, the key figure in the jaw-dropping abuse of power against political opponents of the Democrat Party, has suddenly been discovered, months after Koskinen assured us they were lost forever in one of the many computer crashes that mysteriously befell Lerner and other IRS officials.  From The Hill:

The Treasury inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA) said it found roughly 6,400 emails either to or from Lerner sent between 2004 and 2013 that it didn’t think the IRS had turned over to lawmakers, the panels said. The committees have yet to examine the emails, according to Capitol Hill aides.

The IRS said last year that Lerner’s computer crashed in 2011, losing an unknown number of her emails over the prior two years.

Of the emails the inspector general found, about 650 were from 2010 and 2011, and most were from 2012. The inspector general found about 35,000 emails in all as it sought to recover data from recycled back-up tapes.

Aides said there would likely be some duplicates among the emails that were turned over to Congress in previous document productions.

How about that!  Of course, this miracle of digital loaves and backup-tape fishes was completely obscured by news of the Baltimore riots.  Newsbusters reports that all but one network treated their viewers to a complete blackout of the Lerner story for two days running.  Take a wild guess which network actually saw fit to inform the American people that their powerful tax-collection agency appears to have been concealing information about the political persecution of honest citizens from Congress.

If the media wants to keep a story alive, they find ways to talk about it constantly, and they scream to high heaven when they think their subjects are holding anything back.  If they want a story to die, they’ll swallow any implausible excuse provided by their friends, declare the affair “old news” while dogs can still be heard eating homework, and chisel subsequent revelations at the bottom of tombstones in the Graveyard of Forgotten Tales.

And they’ll never, ever spin a narrative out of stories they’d rather ignore, even when the narrative is so obvious that it takes considerable effort to ignore.  For example: the Obama Administration certainly doesn’t seem to take record-keeping laws very seriously, does it?  From Hillary Clinton’s State Department to the IRS, it’s just amazing how much homework those dogs have eaten.


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