Monday, September 14, 2009

New Zealand Tops CNN in ACORN Reporting

You know it’s Autumn when every time you turn around, acorns are falling from the tree. You have to be vigilant: if you leave them there on the ground, they will 1) ruin the grass that you worked very hard to maintain and 2) sprout more trees that will take over your yard.

Big news of the day? Kanye West made an ass out of himself at the MTV Video Music Awards last night. I didn’t see it, but how do I know it happened: It was one of the top stories on the TODAY show this morning.CNN featured the "incident" on their web site. In fact, as of 1:00 pm this afternoon, it was the lead story of the day until President Obama started admonishing Wall Street again.

A quick look on Google’s News search at the time resulted in more than 2,288 hits from such reputable news sources as:
  • TIME
  • Reuters
  • Los Angeles Times
  • New York Times
  • ABC News
  • Associated Press
  • Washington Post
  • The Huffington Post (O.K….my bad, this one shouldn’t fall in with the reputable group, but they still mentioned it.)
The other big story of the day? For the third time is less than 6 days, a video showing ACORN workers giving advice to a pimp and a prostitute was released by the good folks over at This video features New York City ACORN workers giving advice on how to hide prostitution profits in a tin can buried in the back yard, how to lie when applying for a housing loan and ways to shelter the money for tax purposes.

The number of hits on Google search at 4pm this afternoon? 58.
Some of the news sites that covered the story?
  • Fox News
  • The Baltimore Sun
  • The New York Post
  • The San Francisco Chronicle (the article was actually defending ACORN against the evil people that exposed them)
No Kidding...True Story. The New Zealand Herald actually put out a story on the third video before CNN did. (The last article on about ACORN was four days ago.) Not only does New Zealand make a great setting for Middle Earth, they also know when to call a scandal a scandal, unlike some of our more prominent news organizations here in the United States. Seriously, when was the last time you read about a scandal in New Zealand?

Hell, looking up Blackwater Contractors will give you more than 1,000 hits from various news sites.

What is it about ACORN that the media turns a blind eye towards? What are they afraid will happen should they do some real investigative work on this organization that stands to get billions of taxpayer money and has been involved in numerous incidents of voter registration fraud, the housing scandal and now these videos? It certainly is a tough nut to crack. (sorry)

Good thing you have The Hippo’s Ass to report on these stories. Otherwise you’d be left talking about Lady Gaga’s outfit from the VMAs.

(Should I know who she is???)

We here at The Hippo's Ass have a feeling that this is not the last of the ACORN videos to surface. Should any more come to light, you know where you can turn to get the news other outlets refuse to cover: The Hippo's Ass....and The New Zealand Herald.

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