Welp, looks like we’re done here. Ezra Klein says those “lost” Lois Lerner emails don’t constitute a real cover-up:

Here’s how the Voxsplanation concludes:

However, when one looks at the documentation the IRS provided, no malfeasance appears evident. A long email chain predating the scandal documents Lerner’s computer difficulties and the agency’s failed attempts to restore her emails. Unless new information emerges to cast doubt on this explanation, the dark fears of a cover-up seem unsubstantiated.

Got that? Move along, folks. Nothing to see here!

From The Wall Street Journal, via Ace of Spades HQ:

As to Ms. Lerner’s behavior, consider that House Ways & Means Chairman Dave Camp first sent a letter asking if the IRS was engaged in targeting in June, 2011. Ms. Lerner denied it. She engineered a plant in an audience at a tax conference in May 2013 to drop the bombshell news about targeting (maybe hoping nobody would notice?). She has subsequently asserted a Fifth Amendment right to silence in front of the only people actually investigating the affair, Congress. Now we learn that her hard drive supposedly defied modernity and suffered total annihilation about 10 days after the Camp letter arrived.

Seems like a pretty important detail, no? Wonder why Vox would wanna leave that out.

We’ve got a theory: Vox is a hotbed of dishonest hacks.


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  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Ezra does a pretty good Kevin Bacon impression:

  • RblDiver

    Eighteen minutes of tape lost? SCANDAL COVERUP IMPEACHMENT! Two years of emails lost from multiple sources? Meh.

    • Onyx

      Nixon was impeached on the basis of the tapes that *weren’t* deleted. There was ample evidence of what he actually did; the fact that there was also evidence of attempts to cover it up made things even worse. Here, of course, as with all the recent “scandals”, the Republicans have no evidence of wrongdoing or even involvement at the executive level. Describing this as “two years of emails lost” is inaccurate. As documented, the IRS didn’t back up *any* internal emails in mail archives exceeding 500Mb for longer than six months, and had only vague guidelines for how employees were to do so. No doubt decades of email from thousands of employees are “lost” — i.e., not archived — at this point, which makes this seem like much less of a coincidence.

      • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

        Oh please… the most corrupt administration in history.. IT professionals have completely refuted every excuse by th obama IRS.. they already admtted they deliberately targeted conservatives, then make up all kinds of cock and bull stories like this…

        Democrats in Congress already deeply implicated in being a part of the targeting, are obstructing the hearings as much as possible.. the WH has repeatedly lied, as have multiple obama officials…

        The plain fact is, obama and his thugs are in mud up to their eyeballs.. but liberals are so desperate to hold on to power, they gladly avert their eyes to what is completely obvious to everyone else..

        you know damn well obama could shoot children in the face on national TV, and you would STILL, find excuses to support him… that is how despicably low the democrat party is… party uber alles…. at this point, you have no credibility, not when every IT guy contacted, who spoke out, said what they say happened, is just not possible..

        but do go on denying the obvious… like we’d expect honesty at any point from a democrat anymore….

        • MDaly20016

          Try Preparation-H. You’ve got the narrative exactly backwards and your remark about shooting children in deplorable hyperbole. Enough holes in your logic to drive a truck throughout, but not a single substantiated fact. I am a proud Republican and you make me want to switch.

          • Sum Ting Wong

            You’re no Republican. You’re a left wing troll, and a very bad liar.

      • MDaly20016

        Nixon was not impeached, but your points are well taken.

        • Freddie King

          Are you an Obama rumpswab too? Have you ever thought there is a legal reason Lois Lerner invoked her 5th amendment right not to self-incriminate? My God, you and your ilk seem not to comprehend that the IRS has been weaponized by the Obama cadre and could be used against YOU!!!!

      • bicentennialguy

        At the very least, it’s very disconcerting the IRS’s record-keeping and policies for such are shoddy at best. You aren’t concerned about that? I bet though if it were a Republican president and an “i” wasn’t dotted or a “t” wasn’t crossed on an obscure form, you would latch onto the latest leftist drivel demanding their execution.

      • Freddie King

        You have zero credibility. Richard Nixon was never impeached. So go back to your Mom’s basement and STFU.

        • Onyx

          Good comeback. Way to engage with the substance.

          • Freddie King

            More substance than you offered in your first sentence. That’s how I know you’re a leftist troll – you don’t know anything factual.

  • Beentheremovedaway

    One the many reasons I love Twitchy. Give me the basic theme of a progressive web site so I don’t have to lick over to it! Thanks all! I refuse to add to their numbers!

  • Ghee!

    With absolutely stupid, ridiculous stories like this, Vox should be relegated to the dung heap of history by now. The only thing keeping them afloat, like MSNBC, is the daily critiquing from the right wing media. Anyone using vox for any other reason than rubberneck comedy isn’t to be taken seriously. Those 2 kids running it haven’t the sense to wipe their faces after a meal. Idiots.

    • Gallatin

      Those 2 kids running it haven’t the sense to wipe their faces after a meal. Idiots.

      I almost spit up on my computer, thanks for the laugh.

    • Freddie King


  • grais

    “…predating the scandal…”
    WTF does that mean? Predating the IRS targeting, or predating the nation’s finding out about it? It makes a Big difference, Ezradear.

  • DG

    This is why I could never be a spin doctor for the left. One has to be able to write crap like this, and enjoy the smell and feel of it.

  • QueenB

    Yea….it’s not a new Watergate because Nixon only CONSIDERED using the IRS to attack his political enemies. Obama actually DID. Other than that, it’s obvious you don’t understand how this whole, email, server, back-up thingy works.

  • Pendog

    Just wait, before it’s all over, this will make the parsing of “is” look like amateur hour.

    • DG

      We’ve been in amateur hour for quite some time now. I see your point, though.

      • QueenB

        It’s gotten so bad, I’m actually sitting here thinking, “allright, I get the what does ‘is’ mean thing….its starting to make sense”.

        • DG

          You’re worrying me. Don’t let it start to make sense to you!

          • QueenB

            I’m trying, but the further down they dig, the more the BS toward the top seems to make a bit of sense.

  • DG
    • PNWShan

      That is Ezra Klein perfectly!

  • H50 ✓RAT

    Id get irked by this….but its Vox, so I never really expected anything better than this.

    • DG

      It’s like reading a story about Alec Baldwin exploding in anger again. Is there any other kind of story about him?

      • H50 ✓RAT


  • Hank_Scorpio

    Compulsive lying is a serious disorder, he should seek help ASAP….

  • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

    “the dark fears of a cover-up seem unsubstantiated.” – Ezra Klein

    “You can’t prove nuttin’ cause we destroyed the evidence. . . . You can’t even prove we destroyed the evidence!”

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      On The Waterfront = Just before Terence Malloy (Brando) testifies, the union official in charge of the records of the dock workers local testifies that there was a fire in the office, and the records in question that were subpoena’d were unfortunately lost; what you just wrote is essentially what the official was telling the lawyer for the Waterfront Investigation Committee.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    It seems like Ezra Clown’s definition of “when a scandal begins” is when it comes to light, not when the initial act/omission later covered up occurred. In other words, the IRS would have got away with it, if not for those pesky college kids and their dog, so until (*ruh-roh!*) they were caught with their hand in the till, there was no scandal.

    Duck test, Ezra– right after Lerner learns of Congressman Camp’s inquiry, the hard drive “fails,” Lerner making sure there is a paper trail to “prove” it. If it walks like a duck…

  • Kawfy

    Not one of the scandal deniers have an answer to the actual timeline. they just ignore it as if it doesn’t exist. There is a MASSIVE cover up….which infers that this goes all the way up to the top.

  • gekkobear

    Lost e-mails?

    So he’s only looking at Lois?


    Hey, there were SIX OTHERS at the IRS who are also being investigated who also coincidentally had “hard drive crashes” and ALSO lost all their e-mails from the same timeframe.

    If that doesn’t “look like a cover up” to you, you’re an idiot.

  • Pat Loudoun

    Do these idiots like Klein realize there are about a dozen ways to retrieve “lost” emails?

    More importantly, do Republican Congressmen know?

    • Wonder Pony

      Klein is preaching to an audience with the intellectual capacity and technological savvy of soap dish.
      As for your second question, the answer seems to be, “Sadly, no.”

  • CHHR

    Is anyone else noticing how hard they seem to be working at trying to keep IRS news off the front page? Over and over again, introduce a news worthy scandal, let it get legs, then go into hyper-drive to get it out of the news cycle… with all the bed fellows involved, one would think all they really needed to do was hold a teleconference to issue the orders for the talking point of the day… unless of course the whole objective is to KEEP this shtutf ON the front page so something more sinister stays off…

    • Dan13

      You would think that they would try to push the scandals out of the nation’s conscience by doing positive things, right?

      • CHHR

        according to “Rules for Radicals” no… the idea is to confound & overwhelm with TMI. The intended effect is an electorate that emotionally shuts down & chooses not to engage. Given the fact that less than 25% of the electorate actually engages in the process, we can see it works. It is also amazing how effective they’ve been in achieving much of the original 45 goals as a result. http://rense.com/general32/americ.htm

  • NotBuyingItEvenForADollar


  • ceemack

    The e-mails on Lerner’s PC were only copies of the originals.

    The originals would have been on a server. If the hard drive on Lerner’s PC were to fail, the e-mails would still be on the server.

    The server would have had redundant storage, so that if one hard drive crashed on the server, they could just stick another one in and it would restore automatically.

    The server would have been backed up regularly, so if all the server’s hard drives went down, all the e-mails would be restored from the backup.

    For all of those e-mails to be permanently “lost”, several people within the IRS would have to collude to hide them.

    • Acethepug

      Which is exactly what has happened. And the only reason it happened, was because either Obama or Jarrett had their ratlike fingerprints all over it.

    • Dan13

      Yes, ceemack, we know. The IRS is lying to us.

  • frozeninbemidji

    So this is IRS guy? –


    and Klein is this guy? –


  • Name

    ok, I’ll play the game. The loss of the emails in and of themselves MAY not indicate a cover up. But, isnt it just a LITTLE suspicious that when you combine lost emails with a 5A invocation, a now irrecoverably lost hard drive, the loss of emails AND hard drives of 6 other potential involvees (or is that co-conspirators?), and a motive to target conservative groups?
    A “smoking gun” doesnt necessarily mean a homicide but when it’s found buried in the back yard of the suspect, with his fingerprints on it, and knowing he had a motive for murder, wouldnt that lead even the worst of DAs to consider an indictment?

  • Acethepug

    Ezra Klein, getting a damn good workout from those Presidential Kneepads. Oh, and being a good little propaganda tool, too.

    Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is an enemy action

    We’re WAY past three instances with the Most Criminal Administration in American History, Ezra. But keep shilling for President Boyfriend!

  • Jake Bradford

    Exhibit A on why I really really despise leftists.

  • ashknothole

    Ezra Klein should take the Fifth and just keep quiet.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    Ezra is correct this doesn’t look like a new Watergate – it look so very much worse than Watergate.

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    Ezra really doesn’t understand the concept once on the internet always on the internet.

  • Jake Bradford

    He still can’t beat Bill Maher. Maher appeared on The View today and said Obama was doing a “fantastic job”, and then dragged out the tired old “the Tea Party are all racists”

    • JonPW

      You watched the View? I’d rather be buried up to my neck with my head coated in honey in the middle of an ant hill.

  • DaMello ®

    Déjà vue…? Anyone?

  • Barack Hussein Sharpton

    AG @AG_ConservativeFollow
    Vox’s whole argument about Lerner’s e-mails is refuted by 1 fact they coincidently don’t mention:

    That’s how Rachel Maddow operates too. Come to think of it, has anyone ever seen Maddow and Klein in the same room together?

  • SideshowJon36

    Losing the e-mails is itself a crime

  • Super Marsupial

    With that kind of delusion he can convince himself his friendly cell mate is feeding him a hotdog

  • cbenoistd

    I wish the dog had left the homework and ate Ezra instead.

  • Dan13

    Lerner’s email has every Constitutional right to plead the 5th after proclaiming innocence.

  • bo1921

    Yeah, and ezra doesn’t look like a real reporter, either. Not even a cub reporter.

  • Freddie King

    Hey, Ezra, it’s far better to keep your mouth shut – lest people think you’re a fool – than to open it up and confirm the fact for them. Will you ever stop being a rumpswab for Obama????