Bruce Springsteen once wrote: “From Small Things (Big Things One Day Come).” I doubt he expected that story of love gone wrong would become ideal political commentary for the group known as ACORN.
The small scandal showing an embarrassing video of Baltimore ACORN staffers giving tax advice on how to set up a brothel for underage girls is now national news. This story has everything you could ever want – corruption
Only almost no one is covering it.
This is the news media in the era of Van Jones and President Obama. The major outlets cover what they want and create the themes they want. When they find something inconvenient
But it isn’t working any more. The ACORN fiasco has now impacted four offices – Baltimore
And yet. And yet it’s still been almost entirely ignored by the network news. Nothing on ABC, CBS or NBC for nearly a week. Finally, on Sept. 15, CBS broke ranks and did a thorough job on the story. Prior to that, the only thing any one of the three broadcast networks has done appeared in a blog post by ABC’s Jake Tapper. It's hardly worth noting except to show that the networks know about what’s going on. They just don’t care to report it. Only FOX News has bothered to report on the controversy.
ABC’s “World News Tonight with Charlie Gibson” anchor Charlie Gibson is especially bad. The anchor told Don Wade of 890 WLS in Chicago that he “didn’t even know about” the story five days after it broke. Remember that the next time the media complain a Republican – Bush, Palin, Reagan, etc. – is somehow uninformed.
At least CBS finally did the story the networks were obliged to do. The network reveled in its new-found commitment to balanced journalism by doing a good job on the round-up – including damning details such as video clips
NBC’s “Today” finally chimed in with a story on Sept. 16 by Senior Investigative Correspondent Lisa Myers. Myers did a solid piece about the “seemingly damning Acorn videos.” But
And the news media have ignored the consistent theme. Every time ACORN gets into trouble
Just last week CNN reported that other members of this Saul Alinsky-esque community group were arrested in Florida. “Arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for 11 Florida voter registration workers who are suspected of submitting false information on hundreds of voter registration cards, according to court documents,” said CNN.
That’s typical. The Web site "Rotten ACORN" is devoted to election fraud complaints against the organization. The site’s map shows 14 different states where complaints have been filed. Yes
What’s worse with ACORN is that we’re paying for all this
For its own part
“The relentless attacks on ACORN's members, its staff and the policies and positions we promote are unprecedented. An international entertainment conglomerate, disguising itself as a ‘news’ agency (FOX), has expended millions, if not tens of millions of dollars, in their attempt to destroy the largest community organization of Black, Latino, poor and working families in the country. It is not coincidence that the most recent attacks have been launched just when health care reform is gaining traction. It is clear they've had these tapes for months.”
Now the latest video is out and more outlandish than the others. The ACORN employee says she previously killed her husband and claims she is regularly in touch with top Democratic politicians. ACORN’s response is she claims she knew it was a set-up. She is quoted on ACORN’s Web site saying, “They were not believable.”
What’s not believable is ACORN’s response to all this. So far four of their operations have been compromised and they think the world is out to get them. Yet this is entirely the kind of garbage ACORN pulled for years. Community activism is fine when ACORN is stalking Wall Street executives in their Connecticut homes . But it’s evil and “McCarthyism” when it’s turned around on them.
And all that took was a few young people showing some initiative and doing a job journalists should have done years ago – looking into ACORN and where our millions in tax dollars have gone.