Wednesday, September 16, 2009

See no Evil; Why Is the Media Refusing to Cover the Acorn Scandal?

It is day five of our ACORN Watch.  The Hippo's Ass has been monitoring the CNN web site for the past few days looking for any indication they are aware of the astonishing events surrounding the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

According to's own search engine, the last time CNN wrote a story about ACORN was September 10, 2009

1 Day before the Obama Administration fired ACORN from their Census collection program.

2 Days before a third video (this time in New York) surfaced showing workers giving questionable advice to filmakers posing as a pimp and a prostitute.

3 Days before the Senate took up a vote to add an amendment to the Housing bill to cut all funding to ACORN. Seven members of the Senate voted to keep funding ACORN.

4 Days before a fourth video is broadcast, this time of a worker telling how she "laid some groundwork" before shooting her abusive husband dead.

Five Days.

Five days and not one written story on the web site.  Oh, there are a few video clips hidden on the site (you really have to look for them) but nothing on the front page.  One video clip is from Lou Dobbs of all people, but doesn't really address the videos, just politicians' ties to ACORN (and they make it sound like they are doing an "investigation".)  Another video is of an ACORN lawyer calling the undercover videos a sham.

This is the last article they wrote about ACORN:
ACORN workers caught on tape allegedly advising on prostitution updated Thu, September 10, 2009
Two employees at the Baltimore, Maryland, branch of the liberal community organizing group ACORN were caught on tape allegedly offering advice to a pair posing as a pimp and prostitute on setting up a prostitution ring and evading the IRS.
CNN is not alone.
  • Charlie Gibson of ABC News told WLS AM in Chicago, yesterday morning was the first he heard of it!"(of the scandal)

  • MSNBC's coverage has been mainly about Joe Wilson and whether or not the Tea Party participants are racist.
  • CBS...are they still around?
  • Rachel Maddow is making teabagging jokes (as if she knows....)
  • The big story on Monday was Kanye West.  The big story on Tuesday?  It was a toss up between Joe Wilson getting his hand slapped and President Obama calling Kanye West a Jackass.
Well, I guess a broken clock IS right twice a day.

The House of Representatives is set to vote on the amendment that will cut funding for ACORN, an organization that is tied to SEIU (who have been a force behind the Health Care Debate) and to President Obama himself.

But if Sarah Palin makes a statement about Death Panels, you can be sure CNN, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and the New York Times will be all over it.

Today, the top story is former President Carter calling dissent against the Obama Administration based on Racism.  As I type this, the TODAY show is saying this is a "conservative" sting and ACORN has "long been the target of conservative".  Well at least they are finally reporting it.

The fact is, the main stream media was upstaged by two young adults, aged 25 and 20, who spent all of $1,800 on this investigation and exposed one of the largest community organizations in the country as being crooked and corrupt, an organization that stood to gain billions of tax payer money, and an administration that is tied to the President of the United States. (oops, sorry Jimmy...I must be racist for saying that.)

The media outlets that were known for being mainstream are now the Ostrich Media, their sense of self importance and worth leading them by the hand to obscurity and shown the door by a filmmaker in a bad pimp outfit you'd never even think twice about wearing for halloween.

And my little obscure blog that averages now 112 readers a day has printed more stories in the past few days about this scandal than a Global Media Conglomerate.  Pretty pathetic don't you think?

Send a message or a twitter to the news outlets and tell them to get off their butts.  Here is a list of media twitter addresses (thanks to Resist Tyranny Now)

ABC @abcnews
George Stephanopoulos @GStephanopoulos
Jake Tapper @jaketapper
CBS @CBSnews
Katie Couric @katiecouric
Mark Knoller @markknoller
CNN @cnn
Alexander Mooney @AWMooneyCNN
Anderson Cooper @andersoncooper
Allison Blakely @AllisonCNN
Don Lemon @donlemonCNN
J. Smith @JSmith_CNN
Kim Segal @CNNkimsegal
Kristie Lu Stout @klustout
Rick Sanchez @ricksanchezCNN
Saad Abedine @CNNSaadAbedine
Suzanne Malveaux @SuzanneMalveaux
Glenn Beck @GlennBeck (send him a thank you)
Huffington Post @HuffingtonPost
MSNBC @msnbc_breaking
Joe Scarborough @JoeNBC
Rachel Maddow @maddow
NBC @NBCnews
David Gregory @davidgregory
New York Times @NYTimes
Nicholas Kristof @nytimeskristof
Opinion @nytimesopinion
Politics @nytimespolitics
USA Today @USAToday

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UPDATE  This afternoon posted a video that attempted to explain the ACORN scandal; a link was added to the front page of their web site.  In the clip, a good deal of time was given to the spokesman for ACORN who called the video a "scam".  Later in the day, ACORN suspended some of their operations, calling the actions of their employees "indefensable".

CNN has yet to publish any WRITTEN article on their site abput the scandal since September 6 days ago.
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1 comment:

Halster said...

Hmmm all I can think of was the way the press reacted to Sarah Palin's answer to what news papers does she read? I wonder what Does Charlie Read