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Will The Media Ask The Public to Scrutinize Lerner’s Emails Like They Did With Palin?

November 21, 2014

Do you remember when the media was absolutely giddy over Sarah Palin’s emails in 2011? I’m not exaggerating when I say there were airplanes full of reporters flying to Alaska to scour Sarah Palin’s emails for any dirty or damaging morsel they could find.

The Washington Post actually encouraged public crowdsourcing of the emails…

Read the Palin e-mails

UPDATE: We have had a strong response to our crowdsourcing call-out on the Palin e-mails. We’ve reconsidered our approach and now would like to invite comments and annotations from any interested readers.

Here’s how to participate:Over 24,000 e-mail messages to and from Sarah Palin during her tenure as Alaska’s governor will be released Friday . We’ll be posting them here, and are inviting you to comment on the most interesting or most noteworthy sections. Please include page numbers and, where possible, a direct excerpt. We’ll share your comments with our reporters and may use facts or related material you suggest to annotate the documents displayed on The Post site. We may contact you for further details, by way of your registered e-mail with the Post, unless you specify otherwise in the comments.

Flash forward to today. Right now.

New Lois Lerner emails have been recovered…

30,000 missing emails from IRS’ Lerner recovered

Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever.

The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email system.

“They just said it took them several weeks and some forensic effort to get these emails off these tapes,” a congressional aide told the Washington Examiner.

The IRS, in a statement provided to the Examiner, said the agency and IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is fully cooperating with the investigation.

“As Commissioner Koskinen has stated, the IRS welcomes TIGTA’s independent review and expert forensic analysis.” The IRS statement said. “Commissioner Koskinen has said for some time he would be pleased if additional Lois Lerner emails from this time frame could be found.”

Will thousands of so-called journalists descend on the IRS demanding the opportunity to examine Lois Lerner’s emails? Will the Washington Post ask readers to help them dig for dirt on Lerner?

If not, why?

Sarah Palin committed no crime other than being a conservative woman. Lois Lerner has been implicated in using the power of the IRS to stifle the First Amendment rights of thousands of Americans and conservative Tea Party groups.

Surely, the media will investigate these newly found Lois Lerner emails more aggressively than they looked into Palin’s emails. Right?

UPDATE: Read more on this subject from William Jacobson and Ed Driscoll.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 21, 2014 10:19 pm

    No. The media will spend its time on important things – like the president’s golf scores and the first lady’s school lunch menus.

  2. November 21, 2014 10:56 pm

    Yeah good luck with that. Something tells me the response will be less than enthusiastic enthusiasm.


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