The ACORN Grows into a Mighty Mess

Regular readers know I don’t ordinarily cover the big, sensationalist stories that go viral through the blogosphere, unless I feel I have something to contribute, so I haven’t said much of anything about these shocking videos of ACORN workers advising an undercover “pimp” and “ho” as to how they can get housing, evade taxes and -most repellent- traffic in underage prostitutes brought in from Latin America.

I had incorrectly and naively assumed that given the nature of the relationship between President Obama and ACORN (recall he promised the organization in 2007 that they would have a voice in shaping his policies) the Obama-loving mainstream media would feel obligated to report on these stories.

I should have remembered that Newsweek tried to spike the Monica Lewinsky story before Drudge broke it wide open. I should have known better than to think any story that could possibly besmirch a Democrat president would be disinteresting anathema to the press, or -as the sycophantic ABC Anchor Clown Charlie Gibson has sneered, “maybe this is one you leave to the cable networks.

The mainstream press is trying not to report it. In reporting that the Census Bureau was dissolving the “partnership” with ACORN, the NY Times did not assign a writer to the story, but worked off of an already-vague AP report, to render the story void of all troubling details, and did not mention anything about President Obama or his administration.

As they give the briefest coverage to the Senate GOP’s calls for the IRS to similarly dis-associate from ACORN, most mainstream reports carefully omit any reference to underage prostitution.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Pelosi’s congress has not been able to bring itself to vote on defunding ACORN. 130 House Republicans have signed this letter to President Obama, urging him to halt all taxpayer funding of ACORN.

The press wants to clean this up as much as it possibly can
, because they spent all of their credibility on electing this president, and they do not want to see him tainted by association, with this dubious organization.

And why should the president’s name be dragged into this, you ask? Well, recall that as a “community organizer” President Obama helped to train ACORN workers. His stimulus plan included 8.5 Billion dollars for ACORN before the Senate voted to cut all federal funding to the group yesterday afternoon.

You would think at the very least, the press would have a few questions for President Obama on this issue, wouldn’t you? Surprise! They don’t. This story has been ongoing for five days, now, and the president has not said a word about it, and the press has not asked. Cozy.

And it goes without saying, if ACORN was called, oh, I don’t know, TUMBLEWEED, had been associated with, say, President Bush for years and had even benefited from his tutelage, the press would be similarly silent and incurious about this story “best left to the cables.” They would allow Bush the privilege of pretending none of this is happening, and gift him with their silence. Of course.

Doug Ross writes that -can you believe it- Obama’s ongoing website has scrubbed mentions of his association with ACORN. And it seems the Google cache is scrubbed, too.

What a remarkable presidency. History always begins today!

President Obama will be doing Five of the Sabbath Gasbag shows this Sunday, avoiding only Fox News. Do you think David Gregory, George Stephanopoulos or the rest will ask him about any of this? Will Jay Letterman?

So, here we are, the Breitbart crew presents Episode #4 in the Adventures of a Cartoonish Pimp and Ho at ACORN, and this time, the ACORN worker admits – hey, she doesn’t have a problem with killing people, if you can believe her.

Confederate Yankee says is down, the server likely overwhelmed, and he wonders if Mrs. Pelosi thinks they should be defunded, yet.

Ed Morrissey mocks the press for their frank unwillingness to address this story. Writes Ed:

Let’s pose the question this way. If the Federalist Society, which got a heaping helping of demonization during the John Roberts and Samuel Alito confirmation hearings, started giving advice to prospective pimps and hookers on tax evasion and hiding child-prostitution rings, does anyone think that the Charlie Gibsons and the Papers of Record in the US would let that slide to the cable networks? Or would it headline their outlets, complete with a dissection of Federalist Society support for Republicans?

Ace: we, as taxpayers, sure as hell shouldn’t be paying cold hard cash for the amazing advice “just don’t pay your taxes, put your money in a tin can and bury it.”

Charlie Gibson Audio
Gay Patriot: Boxer’s office says “never spoke with her”
Allah: ACORN Murder in CA?
MSNBC’s Norah O’ Donnell: wonders if this is entrapment. Because all those old 60 Minutes undercover stories, they were entrapment, too? Is Breitbart the new Don Hewitt?
Will: The More Obama talks, the less anyone believes him
Riehl: goes slightly unreal
Radio Patriot: things are coming undone
Rich Lowry: ACORN is the EF Hutton of Prostitution
Conor Friedersdorf: Hurrah for Alternative Media
Maura Flynn: Media coverage would be good, but media outrage would be better
Instapundit: Another story getting no coverage

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  • Bobfan

    The obvious reason why Obama hasn’t come out and condemned what a relative few ACORN employees have done is that there are a lot of people like yourselves determined to associate him with the scandal, as evidenced by your demand that he be investigated even though when asked what he should be investigated for, the best you can come up with is that he’s the president of the United States. Does that make him president of ACORN or something?

    Again, he was a lowly community organizer years ago. Where is the slightest evidence that he is responsible for or knew about the voter fraud, most of which took place after he worked for them, or the brothels, which were set up after he left?

    All you guys have is guilt by association. By that ridiculous measure, if anyone of you belonged to parishes where priests abused children, you should be investigated for what you knew and when.

  • Joseph Marshall

    Good grief, don’t all you people ever sleep? I ended up writing until 1 am Eastern when I absolutely had to quit.

    Just as, of course, no one on the left or in the press cared about President Bush’s past. The drunk driving citation, the fake “AWOL from TANG” story…none of that mattered. No one cared.

    I hardly think you can say that these attacks were particularly effective against GWB. In fact, they backfired because somebody just made stuff up. And they were about a President who had already done things that people cared about.

    Now the swiftboat attacks against John Kerry, which were about his past, worked largely because all he had to present was his past and he overplayed how he presented it.

    The ACORN furor has already happened and Obama was elected in spite of it. It simply won’t recycle well unless somebody can dig up some serious new charges about Obama and not about ACORN.

    Now let’s play Dick Tracy and Sam. You get the snazzy yellow hat and the good looks and I get the puffy face and the battered fedora.

    What kind of truly newsworthy thing about Obama might still be there? Any dirt digging on him is at a tremendous disadvantage because of his swift rise to prominence. In the Illinois State Assembly he didn’t have much to offer anybody either for a bribe or a quid pro quo. In the Senate, he hadn’t even gotten fully established and hooked into The Club so he had no favors to offer there either. And it is only bribery or quid pro quo that would give the story legs.

    But there is one thing that might be there. ACORN was under criminal investigation for voting fraud. What happened there? Did the Bush Justice Department start a Federal probe that was terminated when Holder became Attorney General?

    If so, that’s where to look for something serious to ask Obama about. There simply is not much else there new about Obama.

  • Gina

    Those arguing that ACORN has nothing to do with Obama should take a look at the e-mail correspondence between a New York Times reporter and a liberal whistleblower who had worked for ACORN, as reported by Michelle Malkin, who has the actual emails up in PDF:

    “By October 6, 2008, [New York Times reporter] Strom had thrown in the towel in the wake of blistering phone conversations with the Obama campaign. She wrote:

    ‘I’m calling a halt to my efforts. I just had two unpleasant calls with the Obama campaign, wherein the spokesman was screaming and yelling and cursing me, calling me a rightwing nut and a conspiracy theorist and everything else…I’d still like to get that file from you when you have a chance to send it. One of these days, the truth is going to come out.’”

    Apparently Obama election campaign didn’t share your opinion that ACORN has nothing to do with him.

  • Gina
  • Bobfan

    Allen, there is incriminating video shot in four different ACORN offices, and in San Bernandino an employee boasted of having run an escort serice herself and having shot and killed her husband.

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  • That One Girl a.k.a. Bender’s Cheerleader

    fershitsake Bobfan – I can’t keep up with you. No I didn’t change my argument – just because someone augments what they say doesn’t mean they’ve changed it. The government is a giant, big, fat, overgrown piece of crap and most of what comes out of it is waste.

    And now I’m starting to feel like Anchoress – don’t put words in my mouth. I never said the poor don’t need health insurance, but guess what – THEY DON’T. NEITHER DO YOU. NEITHER DO I. NO ONE NEEDS FRIGGIN HEALTH INSURANCE. GET RID OF IT AND THE WHOLE DAMNED THING WILL RIGHT ITSELF BASED ON THE FREE-EFFING-MARKET.

    God help me.

    Beeennnnddddeeerrrr…..where are yoouuuuu….

    p.s. people, me anyway, get so caught up defending themselves from your outlandish comments about them that the substance of what you originally said is lost, as is the substance of what the rest of us say.

  • Bobfan

    Cheerleader, I’m not going to bother going point by point again. Your arguments are incoherent.

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    Cheerleader, Bender’s not here, but maybe I can help?

    Bobfan is not worthy of honest engagement. He’s not here to debate, he’s here to confuse us, derail threads, move goalposts and change the subject. Judging from his posts, he doesn’t want any sort of criticism to be leveled at Obama, at all, and he’s punishing us (so he thinks) by showing up to browbeat, bully and wage senseless arguments, until (he hopes) we throw in the towel, admit Obama, and his programs, are simply wonderful, and we’re horrible human beings for ever believing otherwise. The Anchoress really pegged him with the passive/aggressive -playing dumb description.

    I don’t know, and don’t care, if he’s being paid to do this, or if he really thinks he’s enlightening us with his antics. What’s obvious is that he really isn’t here, as he claims, to hear opposing opinions (heh!), or actually exchange ideas (ha!) with other posters. Best to just ignore him.

  • Bobfan

    Just a small correction, Rhinestone. I don’t believe Obama when he says his health care plan won’t cost a dime. And Secondhand Smoke has a post claiming that Obama would pay for abortions despite what he said, and while I’m not convinced, as far as I can see, he’s correct, and Obama is lying.

    Also, I’ll debate you point by point on any subject you like. :-;

  • That One Girl a.k.a. Bender’s Cheerleader

    Thanks for the support Rhinestone. My Better Half calls me ‘trout’ because I go for whatever someone is dangling before my nose.

    It helps to have a cooler head looking out for me! :-)

  • Rhinestone Suderman

    One girl, just glad I could help. :)

  • JuliB


    I’ve yet to see you debate point by point. You throw in the kitchen sink!

    DryValleys and Joesph do not, which is why it is possible to debate them. So yes, you do bring a lot of it on yourself.

    “Why would they bother…” and then I’m playing dumb?

    I searched my posts on this thread, and don’t believe I posted that. I think I will follow Rhinestone’s advice and ignore you. What you say is nothing more than what I hear on the news from Dems, so what is the point? You aren’t engaging the issues specifically, nor do you stay on target. I almost think you aren’t even aware of it. Nonetheless, life is too short.