Raw Story: Fox News host Jon Scott on Wednesday advised former IRS official Lois Lerner that she should give up her constitutional rights and testify before Congress if she wanted death against her life to stop.After an commentator mentioned the death threats, Scott went on to say that Lerner should give in to them. “I can see why if you’re getting death threats, why you wouldn’t want to open yourself up to more scrutiny,” he said. “But at the same time, it would seem that answering some of the questions might cause some of these people who are so angry to ease up.”
During a House Oversight Hearing on Wednesday, Lerner invoked her right under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, and refused to answer Chairman Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) questions about the IRS targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt status.
Lerner’s attorney had previously asked the committee not to call her to testify, citing numerous death threats.
And if you give bank robbers a million dollars and a helicopter like they demand, they’ll let the hostages go, fly away, and stop bothering everyone. Sure, Scott frames his question as advice, but he’s pretty clearly trying to play good cop to Fox audience goon squad’s bad cop. And this whole IRS thing has fallen apart anyway, so the goon squad only exists because Fox keeps beating this dead horse and getting their gullible and mentally unstable base all riled up about it. Sure, Darrell Issa’s trying to do CPR on his cooked up “scandal,” but heroic measures aren’t going to revive this corpse. As the Dr. McCoy says on the teevee, “He’s dead, Jim.”
So, since there’s no there there, Fox’ Jon Scott urges (in abject desperation) that Lois Lerner give the terrorists what they want. Because what they want is what Fox wants — and if it takes a few death threats to create the story they want to cover, then that’s just Fox’s brand of “journalism.”