IRS, Lois Lerner, Fox News: But where's the sex scandal?

Stonewalling has finally come home to roost as “Yes we can!” Photo: AP

NEW YORK, May 22, 2013 — Where there is no sex there is no scandal. Sex-driven scandals are the only ones that really get us worked up.

You need Bill Clinton-type infidelity to hook the attention of the American people, who, as this was being written, were busy watching Dancing with the Stars. Earlier in the day America was fixed on the Jodi Arias court proceedings. Will she or won’t she?

The IRS Scandal has yet to “go wide,” as they say in the movie biz.

This means that there is still no “Box Office” for any of the scandals afflicting the Obama/Holder/Hillary/Carney Administration.

Clearly, people in couch potato slumber aren’t paying much attention.

This leads to the following question: If it’s only being reported on Fox News, does it make a sound? Apparently not.

Fox News junkies are astonished to learn despite all the infringes on Americans through the IRS and the DOJ, Obama is as popular as ever.

“The dog ate my homework” routine seems to be working for the crowd that keeps showing up for congressional hearings but pleads silence as a virtue.

Stonewalling has finally come home to roost as “Yes we can!”

This morning IRS functionary Lois Lerner told Congress that she was not going to tell Congress – anything! Except that she did nothing wrong.

So who did?

On the big three scandals, IRS, Benghazi and Associated Press, The Big Three networks seem to have taken the cue from Hillary, namely, “Who cares?”

Or, “What difference does it make?”

Earlier in the week a reporter from NBC promised an in-depth EXCLUSIVE from a former Cincinnati IRS factotum. We waited for the bombshell, and here it came. She knew nothing. She didn’t “recuse” herself, in the language near and dear to Eric Holder, she simply knew zip. Even more, or less, she was quite sure no one else in Cincinnati knew anything…and that, by implication, goes for the rest of the IRS.

But, meekly asked NBC, (or was it CBS?) what about the charge that only conservatives were being flagged?

Oh my. That simply had to be coincidence. Stuff happens.

Along the TV universe, Fox News appears to be all alone and on its own, and it is finally paying the price. Reporters, starting with James Rosen, are being monitored. The only surprise here is that it took so long, or rather, that it took so long to find this out. Fox has had a target on its back from day one.

Someone, somewhere, did ask if this is Nixon all over again? Are we truly into Watergate redux? The answer here is that there are similarities and there are differences. Nixon and his crowd tried to steal the country, but failed. Obama and his crowd tried to steal the country, and succeeded. (Obamacare and the IRS minding the store!)

This happened while by the tens of millions, we were raptly watching Donald Trump fire somebody…and OMG!!!!

Kim Kardashian (she of sex tape fame) is preggers!

Sex sells. Book publishers and movie producers know that nothing works like some bodice ripping, and that certainly goes for any scandal worthy of its name.

Virtually all sitcoms are laden with sexual titters and innuendos.  The numbers are huge. Fox, the biggest and best on Cable, is lucky to get four million of us.

Figure 20 million for American Idol and 30 million for The Voice.

Until a sex scandal breaks out (and here’s betting that it will) the country will remain indifferent, and will continue to snooze and lose.

After all, inside the world of the IRS is nothing as juicy as inside The Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Jack Engelhard, a novelist for such moral dilemma bestsellers as The Bathsheba Deadline, The Girls of Cincinnati, and the classic Indecent Proposal, his memoir Escape From Mount Moriah, and Slot Attendant – A Novel About A Novelist, Engelhard’s partly autobiographical expose about the trials of making it as a writer, brings his words to the Communities page covering all topics, with special focus on the absurdity of human behavior and reaches around the globe.

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Jack Engelhard enjoys international fame as a novelist for such moral dilemma bestsellers as The Bathsheba Deadline, The Girls of Cincinnati, and the classic Indecent Proposal, which was turned into film starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. His memoir Escape From Mount Moriah has been acclaimed for excellence and a movie version was an official selection at CANNES. Slot Attendant – A Novel About A Novelist is Engelhard’s partly autobiographical expose about the trials of making it as a writer. Engelhard’s journalism covers all topics, with special focus on  the absurdity of human behavior, and reaches around the globe. He can be contacted at


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