Fox Vs. Fox On IRS Official's Fifth Amendment Rights


A misleading suggestion by Fox News that IRS official Lois Lerner's decision to invoke the Fifth Amendment was evidence of her guilt was debunked by Fox's own Greta van Susteren who explained that it is common for lawyers to instruct clients to invoke the Fifth Amendment regardless of guilt.

On March 5, during a House hearing on IRS targeting, Lerner responded to Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-CA) questioning by invoking the Fifth Amendment. On Fox's America's Newsroom, co-host Martha MacCallum reacted to the hearing by suggesting that Lerner's use of the Fifth Amendment implied her guilt, claiming "If she didn't have anything that she didn't want to share, she'd be able to share exactly what happened": 

But as MacCallum's Fox News colleague Greta van Susteren noted earlier in the day, invoking the Fifth Amendment is not indicative of guilt. Van Susteren defended Lerner's decision to use her Fifth Amendment right at the hearing on Twitter, noting that during her time as a lawyer, she told  "clients, including innocent ones," to invoke the Fifth Amendment: 

 Greta tweet

Right-wing media figures also attacked Lerner for invoking the Fifth Amendment during her May 22, 2012, testimony.

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Justice & Civil Liberties
Fox News Channel
Martha MacCallum, Greta Van Susteren
America's Newsroom
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