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Why Won’t the Mainstream Media Cover the ACORN Story?

November 25, 2009

It’s blindingly obvious why corrupt leftist lawmakers including House Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and his subcommittee chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) won’t investigate their good friends at ACORN, but as evidence continues to mount of ACORN’s habitual, potentially criminal wrongdoing, why does the mainstream media refuse to investigate a scandal that “could be as historically significant as Watergate“?

Big Media seems to be taking cues from what NewsReal blogger Kathy Shaidle calls the George Soros Steno Pool at Media Matters for America. Throughout the continuing revelations about ACORN, Media Matters has steadfastly defended its allies at ACORN. One has to wonder if ACORN is keeping Media Matters on retainer and if so how big the regular checks must be.

Soon after the first few hidden-camera videos of James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles surfaced in September showing the public ACORN’s barely concealed criminal proclivities, John V. Santore of Media Matters launched a sleaze attack against O’Keefe, Giles, and their online publisher, Andrew Breitbart.

Because O’Keefe, Giles, and Breitbart are conservatives there is no way they could be honest reporters of facts, implied Santore. Giles even attended events at the National Journalism Center, he noted. Heavens! Of course  ideological disqualification never applies to left-of-center media outlets.

Santore also focused on the journalistic ethics involved in the undercover video sting operation, arguing that because the reporters had an animus against ACORN they couldn’t be trusted. Tell that to the award-winning crusading journalists throughout American history who have helped to bust up (other) crime gangs and expose malfeasance everywhere. Having an opinion or a desire to do the right thing isn’t a requirement to be a reporter nor does it disqualify a person from being a reporter.

Appropriately, on his TV show Glenn Beck observed

The New York Times wonders why they are losing readers. It’s because reading their paper is like entering a time machine or reading the news in your rearview mirror. They didn’t even bother to jump on the ACORN story, which came complete with corruption, hookers and pimps.

The ACORN scandal is a great story yet apart from Fox News and a few other media outlets, the media has been ignoring it. What coverage we’ve seen –especially from the Associated Press– tends to focus not on ACORN’s corruption, but instead on the political ramifications of what is now happening to the radical advocacy group-cum-organized crime syndicate. Still other news stories focus on the journalistic ethics involved in the hidden-camera videos of James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles that helped to show the public ACORN’s barely concealed criminal proclivities.

Particularly tedious are the whiny, typo-laden essays of Eric Boehlert of Media Matters who declares that whatever the videos are, they’re “not really journalism at all.”

Media critic Jack Shafer of the liberal Slate.com website excoriates the mainstream media for ignoring the ACORN story. Shafer wrote:

The liberal advocacy group Media Matters for America complains that the ACORN videos, which aren’t a “major story,” are driving an “incomplete, misleading” media stampede. But Media Matters is wrong. Independent news organizations, including the Washington Post, the New York Post, and the Baltimore Sun, are chasing the ACORN story not because they’ve been bamboozled by the Breitbart exposé but because the dress-up stunt has pointed them toward what could be fertile grounds for wrongdoing.

Actually, when Shafer wrote the above referenced column on Sept. 23 it appeared the media was actually going to do its job and thoroughly investigate ACORN.

Alas, it was not to be.

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18 Comments
  1. November 25, 2009 1:59 pm

    If not for people like Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, we would not know much about Acorn. We should appreciate their guts in exposing this nice organization.
    The mainstream media wants to keep the lid on Acorn as tight and as long as they can. Remember BO , Rahm Emanuel and others have had ties with Acorn. And since the exposure, this is yet another embarrassment for BO, his weak WH, and his cronies.

  2. November 25, 2009 2:13 pm

    If not for people like Glenn Beck, Michelle Malkin, James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, we would not know much about Acorn. We should appreciate their guts in exposing this organization.
    The mainstream media wants to keep the lid on Acorn as tight and as long as they can. Remember BO , Rahm Emanuel and others have had ties with Acorn. And since the exposure, this is yet another embarrassment for BO, his weak WH, and his cronies.
    People should start to realize how BO, and his administration continue to dig themselves a hole, that is getting deeper and deeper everyday, and if it continues long enough, they will not be able to crawl out of that deep hole.
    Every new President and his WH, and administration struggle at first. Its a rough job, in a rough town. Think about this, Obama has the benefit of having a Democratic majority in the Congress. What would it be like for him if the Dems were in the minority. He would be in pure misery. But this crew is pitiful, and they all seem to have problems learning from their mistake. That’s whats scary, we all make mistakes, mistakes happen, but you cannot keep making them.

  3. Melvin E. Holliday permalink
    November 25, 2009 2:28 pm

    When Obama is gone along with all of his worshippers, which apparently includes all of the news medias except FOX they are going to want the public to watch and listen to them. They presently aren’t bothering to report the real news so one day when they decide they want to return to journalism and start reporting again they can go to hell. I will treat them the same way they are presently treating me. They have lost their credibility and when Obama no longer controls them, they will never get the public confidence back. I can almost hear them crying now. It is going to be so sweet.

    • David, Marblehead MA permalink
      November 25, 2009 4:00 pm

      And newspapers wonder why they are going under? “Oh it just must be that electronic media is all people want” Bull. I would love to subscribe to a newspaper that covered all the news, but I refuse to subsidize progoganda.

  4. Carterthewriter permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:16 pm

    Many newpapers are saddled with strong unions and fear labor troubles, I would image. That says a lot for our first amendment right protections our government is suppose to uphold.

    Certainly President Bush was villified by the press, but he didn’t have a hammer and sickle backing him up.

  5. Paul permalink
    November 25, 2009 4:58 pm

    Why won’t the “mainstream” media cover the ACORN story? Fairly simple. As the scandal has opened more and more out, we see that ACORN is all bark and no bite. They claim they don’t need Tax Payer money, then later, OH PLEASE WE NEED THE PEOPLE WHO WE’VE SCAMMED MONEY and IF YOU DON’T WE WILL SUE YOOOOUUU!!!!!. They forgot something, Congress (both the House and Senate) has IMMUNITY! Also throughout the past elections over the past, I dunno, 5, 7 years, ACORN has been electing their politicians. Look at the 2004 Washington State Election. There were A LOT of ballots which were signed by dead people, convicts, felons, under voting age people, fake people (oh wait Mickey Mouse and Wile E. Coyote ARE real), and many other fake voters and ACORN was one of the biggest things about that and only a few papers and news outlets ever talked about it. And during it, it was just insane, the local news was confused about how many fake votes there were.

  6. Harmon permalink
    November 25, 2009 6:10 pm

    Newspapers are in trouble because of competition from the internet.

    Here is the real story about ACORN.

    http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/columns/shoptalk_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1004047850#

    • Stavros permalink
      November 25, 2009 7:22 pm

      “The real story about ACORN”

      **
      Sure Harmon, the poor dears were just framed…lol
      They are crooks and it’s about time the MSM noticed.

    • Carterthewriter permalink
      November 26, 2009 5:43 am

      The real story is the obvious one. There is no excuse for bad behavior and to proclaim otherwise is crazy.

      The practice of hiring unqualified workers to advise peop[le to imulate politicians on how to subvert the law of the land remains a fact.

      Most American are tired of being scammed!

    • Steve R permalink
      November 26, 2009 9:21 am

      Harmon — the prisons are full of “innocents” — just ask ’em. ACORN — bunch of thugs. Pure and simple. Ditch the koolaid and get a life.

      As a retired journalist, I’ll tell you exactly why the mainstream media are ifnoring the story. The top management in MSM news organizations are scared spitless of real controversy. There may be, and probably are, journalists in the ranks who believe this story should be followed up, but their top producers, news managers, and corporate higher-ups are running from it like rats from a sinking ship.
      (Pretty good metaphor, if I do say so). If you go back to Watergate, even the WashPo, where the story first broke, treated it like a third-rate burglary until it became clear Richard Nixon’s Committee To Re-elect the President, or “CREEP”, as the MSM started calling it, was involved. Then it was “get the B@$tards” at any cost. Or — what CNN’s top management did to Lou Dobbs because he continued to examine the birth certificate story. It’s gonna take a lot more “push” before these guardians of mediocrity get off their @$$e$ and deal with the story. Gotta keep pushing — something will give, eventually.

    • drone permalink
      November 26, 2009 8:27 pm

      Harmon you bin drinking too much barakshevik potion.
      Acorn is a criminal enterprise and the barakshevik administration’s plundering of this country is just as criminal.

  7. John L Work permalink
    November 26, 2009 6:31 am

    Why won’t the mainstream media cover the ACORN story? I’ll tell you why:

    We are now reaping the harvest of seed that was sown beginning in the 1950’s – the gradual and inexorable hiring of Marxist ideologues into our university faculties and administrations.

    Look at the flagship of American journalism – Columbia University. I dare you to try to give a conservative speaker a forum on that campus without a major incident occurring and security agents having to escort the speaker out of the building to his car.

    So, for fully two generations now, these campuses that provide cub reporters and aspiring broadcast journalists to media and news outlets have been ideologically brainwashing 18 to 22 year old American students, who go to college believing they are going to make a difference in the world.

    Instead of instilling the abilities to think critically and logically, to maintain the traditional ethical adversarial position of press vs. government (regardless of which party is in power), these reporters have been trained to believe that the only answers that contain truth, and the only solutions that will truly work come from people like Marx, Alinsky, Stalin and Mao; further, that the very foundations of this nation are rotten with slavery, the greedy capitalist idea of free enterprise, and must be destroyed in order for the world to be at peace and justice to prevail.

    If I recall my eighth-grade reading of The Communist Manifesto, Marx wrote that it is permissible and necessary to tell lies in order to achieve the political ends. (Ineterestingly, Muslims are taught the same idea with the doctrine of taqiyya). There are lies of fabrication, lies of omission and lies of alteration. Our press corps ane major media outlets are guilty of all three, because that’s what they’ve been indoctrinated to do, for two full generations.

    ACORN represents what Barack Obama wants to accomplish – to change this nation into a socialist third world country, by any means necessary. Destroy, destroy, destroy. The United States must be destroyed.

    Barack Obama is a Marxist. They are one and the same.

    Don’t look for any help in finding the truth from major news outlets. They would no sooner publish a truth that might impede the progress of our enslavement under Marxism, or Islam for that matter, than Volkischer Beobachter would have published a pro-American editorial in 1943.

    There’s your answer.

  8. Freeme permalink
    November 26, 2009 8:36 am

    NYT, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, are funded by Government!…you and me.
    So why should they worry if there are no listeners to Olbermann, Matthews and readers for Commie news in NYT?
    Business will continue as usual, just like COG (Continuum of Government). And the list of crims in bed with Feds goes on and on and on and on…like Gorebull Warming, Freddie, Fannie, Goldman Sachs, AIG, Unions (ACORN, SIEU, AFL-CIO, to name a few)

    After all, what would criminals in congress do without their Acorn Pimps and prostitutes ‘services’?

    • Paul permalink
      November 26, 2009 8:45 am

      Thank you Freeme! That’s awesome. For now, instead of calling it “Global Warming” or “Climate Change” I’m calling it Gorebull Warming or “Gore-full-of-bull Warming”. Thanks!

  9. Joseph White permalink
    November 26, 2009 1:03 pm

    Why don’t they jump on it? It could be something as simple as ACORN has bribed the newspeople not to say anything bad about them.
    Maybe it’s the fact that their master, the first black President has told them not to?
    Maybe they are afraid that if they report the truth, then they won’t be invited to any more Obama Love Fests?

    I’m betting on all three.

  10. Len Powder permalink
    November 26, 2009 2:08 pm

    The Left is focused on whether the ACORN discoveries are “really journalism” or what the motivations and intentions of O’keefe and Giles were. It’s telling that none of those on the Left express any outrage at what was revealed in the videos: child prostitution, tax evasion, ACORN alacrity in assisting a pimp and his prostitute to acquire housing. They don’t want to discuss the content of the videos, only the “ideology” behind them. Of course, we all know that when the Left is discovered their inevitable strategy is attack! It’s all very old and hardly worth paying attention to. Let’s not waste our time arguing with them. Let’s just continue investigating ACORN and exposing them for the corrupt, criminal organization that it is.

    • Joan permalink
      November 27, 2009 12:18 am

      You are so right about not arguing with ACORN…Argue with an idiot and he will bring to down to his level and beat you to death with experience..

      The Media are all as Left-wing as the professors who taught (indoctrinated) them..They have been drinking at the trough of Liberalism since they started kindergarten. As Michael Savage so aptly titled one of his books. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder — their brains are wired differently and their thought processes are totally out of touch with reality.

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