As you know if you have read my columns over the years, I am in utter amazement of reality television. Unlike other shows, which you know are staged to elicit certain emotions from the viewer, the reality shows also play with your emotions by utilizing the illusion of reality.

"West Wing' seems to be living in both worlds, as evidenced by the live debate between Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda. It was amazing to watch as Internet tallies were taken of who won the debate.

People watch the "West Wing" as if it were an actual view into the inner workings of the White House. Well, it's getting even more confusing for me, then for actor Bradley Whitford, who in his role on "West Wing," is helping to run Jimmy Smits' (or I should say Matt Santos') presidential campaign.

The column that confuses me is at www.huffingtonpost.com, and is entitled, "Get The IRS Out of My Church "and is written by Whitford. It begins, " I have been a member of the All Saints Church in Pasadena for over ten years. The recent revelations of an IRS investigation into its non-profit status as the result of a sermon given a week before the last presidential election by Rector Emeritus George Regas has outraged and galvanized our congregation."

I am beginning to lose focus on what is real and what isn't and that's probably the intention of reality television. I fully expect "West Wing" to have a show next season on the IRS investigation of the tax-exempt status of a church of one of the staff members of the White House.

Miss Francis of Ding Dong School, where are you when I need you?

For those of you too young to know anything about Ding Dong School, try Googling it on our newest reality--the World Wide Web. What relevance does all of this have to do with accountants? Well that depends on how you view your reality. In my world, the IRS isn't the only one that is taxing.

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