This morning, Scott noted Duane Patterson’s nailing of the New York Times in connection with the ACORN scandal. The Times repeated a statement by ACORN’s “chief organizer” to the effect that guerrilla journalists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles “spent months visiting numerous Acorn offices, including those in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia, before getting the responses they were looking for.” What the Times failed to tell its readers was that ACORN’s list of cities where O’Keefe and Giles failed to catch ACORN in criminality was actually longer: it included New York, the scene of video number three. So the Times silently dropped New York from the list, lest its readers catch on to the fact that ACORN’s statement was a lie.
What we knew, but maybe the Times didn’t, was that O’Keefe and Giles were by no means finished. Tomorrow we will see video number five. Here is a preview:
Did you notice the locale? That’s right: San Diego, another city where ACORN claimed that the guerrilla journalists failed to “get the responses they were looking for.” ACORN deleted its statement from its web site, presumably having realized that its claims were about to be proved false. It will be interesting to see whether the Times thinks it owes the same obligation to its readers. It’s sort of a race to the bottom: who is lower, ACORN or the New York Times? So far, the jury is out.
UPDATE: We probably should mention that in this brief excerpt, the ACORN employee offers advice on the best way to smuggle 13-year-old girls into the United States to serve as sex slaves. For this, ACORN has received tens of millions of dollars in federal aid, plus much more from many states. Under current legislation, some say ACORN could stand to get billions. Of our tax dollars. This would seem to be the ultimate test of whether our political system is so hopelessly corrupt that anyone–absolutely anyone, however useless and criminal–can sign up to steal your money, via the federal government. Right now, the spigot is open, and ACORN is getting your money. If you don’t like that, tell your Congressman.