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ACORN Confirms Its Nuttiness

By Jo-Ann Armao

Any doubt about the nuttiness of ACORN is dispelled by its decision to sue the makers of the videos that proved so embarrassing -- and ultimately costly -- to the community-organizing group. Don’t they know that when you get caught doing something wrong, it helps not to call more attention to your idiocy? Or to try to blame others for your shortcomings?

The multi-million-dollar lawsuit came just as I was beginning to feel a smidgen of sympathy for the beleaguered group. After all, it seems to have done, by some accounts, some good deeds. And it was already reeling from the fallout caused by the sting videos showing ACORN workers advising conservative activists posing as a pimp and prostitute on how to conduct their unsavory (not to mention illegal) business. Congress banned federal funding to the group and both the federal Census Bureau and the IRS severed their ties.

ACORN needed to play defense. So it’s inexplicable it would want to call even more attention to itself by claiming it is the injured party. It nevertheless filed suit on Wednesday, arguing that one of the videos was taped in Maryland, where the law requires the consent of both parties to record private conversations. In other words, it’s illegal wiretapping, and the group wants $2 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages because of “extreme emotional distress with attendant physical symptoms and injury to their reputations.”

I’m not a lawyer, so perhaps ACORN has some technical, legal point. But, frankly, the whole thing reminds me of the time I caught one of my kids in some wrongdoing because I listened in on a phone call (this was before cell phones). Even a 15-year-old had the good sense not to act aggrieved by a breach of his privacy and to know that the best strategy was to lay low.

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After reading the truth about ACORN in WaPo, this is obviously just another false scandal created by wacko right wing Republican psychos against the poor, of all things.

I gave the Repukes the benefit of the doubt on this story because I wasn't familiar with ACORN, but when I learned the true facts, it's just disgusting how often and how affective the psychos are at creating false stories just to they can have something to hate and rant about.

Geez-us!

Posted by: lindalovejones | September 24, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The employees were beyond stupid but I want to see all the unedited tapes and how many employees either called the police; as the PA police report shows; played along; or made them leave. If they sue the unedited tapes will finally see the light of day.

Posted by: rlj1 | September 24, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

ACORN: To take from those who work, to give to those who won't.

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | September 24, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

The employees were beyond stupid but I want to see all the unedited tapes and how many employees either called the police; as the PA police report shows; played along; or made them leave. If they sue the unedited tapes will finally see the light of day.

Posted by: rlj1 | September 24, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse
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The went to seven offices. One office simply told them to leave. One office actually called police and had them escorted out. Five offices assisted them.

Posted by: ZZim | September 24, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

linda said: "I gave the Repukes the benefit of the doubt on this story."

Somehow I think this statement is self-refuting.

Posted by: Peejay | September 24, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

They are also under investigation in Fl where 9 have allready been charged with voter fraud. Its unfortunate their employees have been as foolish as they were but someone has led them to these points. Lets wait and see what further investigation of their ties and finances finds. After all, it is our money.

Posted by: livefreeordie2 | September 24, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

@ lindalovejones,

I have a few questions for you Linda.

1. Why did democratically controlled house and senate, vote to cut ARCON funding earlier this week ?

2. Did ACORN'S upper management, jump the gun in firing the employees caught on tape ? if so why ?

Posted by: dashriprock | September 24, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Of course the people running ACORN are idiots.. do they honestly think they will get a dime.. as if these 2 people even have a dime.. when they were doing a criminal act themselves??? In ACORN it's the insane running the asylum...

Posted by: sovine08 | September 24, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the central thesis here: why is ACORN suing? I have a hunch there is much more damaging evidence and/or tapes out there.

There is a significant group of ex-ACORN employees with insider knowledge of the groups political activities, with axes to grind and scores to settle. And with the videotape figures except one out on their keesters, they present another potential source of information.

ACORN, you're going to love your copy machines by the time you get through with discovery. And if you have any thoughts about destroying evidence, get rid of them now. Too many people watching.

I have a hunch this suit will be dropped before discovery starts or shortly thereafter.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | September 24, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I love to see the Demoncrats squirm. Love it.

Posted by: tjhall1 | September 24, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

After reading the truth about ACORN in WaPo, this is obviously just another false scandal created by wacko right wing Republican psychos against the poor, of all things.

I gave the Repukes the benefit of the doubt on this story because I wasn't familiar with ACORN, but when I learned the true facts, it's just disgusting how often and how affective the psychos are at creating false stories just to they can have something to hate and rant about.

Geez-us!

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I agree...also there is claim that ACORN has been charged with Voter Fraud..

They have never been charged.
They have been accused.

BUT something else is brewing..

The GOP and FOX may have a huge lawsuits charged against them.

AND they have FAX machines too..

This probe by Republican Operatives implemented by their OPERATIONS RESEARCH was one of many investigation and does not serve our Democracy.

I wonder where they get all the money?


Isa

Posted by: Issa1 | September 24, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Being at the heart of an all-out attack by the right-wing, ACORN is fully justified in mounting a counter-offensive. Indeed, ACORN is using the law to confront those who suggest it acts illegally but have failed to bring a successful legal case.

Should ACORN's leadership be punished for the actions of some of its low-ranking members, especially when as many members approached did the right thing and contacted authorities? I refer you to numerous episodes of foul-play during the Bush administration, in which spies were outed and prisoners tortured, both at great expense to our national security, and not ever were members of the administration held accountable for the actions of their inferiors. Check and mate, Armao.

Posted by: crannogman | September 24, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

ACORN is one of the few organizations out there that has fought the long, losing battle to help the underclass and underdogs in the U.S. I have been fortunate enough to know ACORN workers who have sacrificed time, energy, and more lucrative careers to help the less fortunate.

To point to the stupid actions of a stupid few and say that they represent the positions and policies of this organization is the equivalent of saying that the Republican Party should be disbanded because a sick cadre of the GOP believe torture works. It should be mentioned that ACORN, in contrast to the Republican Party, has launched a top-to-bottom review of its operations. (Anyone notice that this columnist did not mention that?)

Who benefits from taking down ACORN? People who want poor folk to remain obedient victims. Since when have we Americans piled on when a fighter for society's underdogs get hammered? It's unseemly and below the values we like to celebrate.

A last thought from Philip Gold: “There is, in American public life, a condition that might best be described as peripherocentrism. You don’t want to face the big issues, so you worry the little ones to death.” This column is a case in point. It doesn't mention the issue of poverty in this country and damns ACORN's good works with the faintest of praise; instead it grills the organization for an isolated incident then sticks a fussy little dagger between its ribs.

Almost as creepy as listening in on your kids' phone calls.

Posted by: smc11 | September 24, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Cui Bono, who benefits? I can't see where either the employees or Acorn could benefit by anything that Mr.Okeefe placed in motion. The whole setup smells thefore
the lawsuit is in order to bring the unedited tapes forth, no unedited tapes Okeefe and Breibart should be sued for every dime they have.

Posted by: truthspeaker11 | September 24, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Bottom, line, this edited video clip is nothing more than one side of the case. No prosecutor would take this case. Not to mention the minor implication of entrapment, we hav eno idea what the employee was thinking. When confronted with a pimp and prostitute, I would have gone along with it at the time for fear of some type of retaliation or violence if I call them out. Pimps usually carry guns and are violent by nature. There are so many holes in this story, it's hardly unsurprising that the only ones keeping it afloat are the right wing nutjobs and FoxNews.

Posted by: VeritasLuxMea | September 24, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Its completely immaterial if the workers at other ACORN offices did the right thing. Is anyone really going to argue that ACORN is doing a good job because only 1/2 of their offices visited collaborated in felonies? Please, is this the low bar we find ourselves setting up for groups receiving public funding?

Its like saying the government should give money to company X because they have only defrauded the government Y% of the time.

If there is any question at all they should have their funding cut off period end of story. Even 1 case should be enough.

Let me ask the posters this, if someone comes into your office and says hey lets commit x felonies, How many of the people in your office say yes? I am guessing none.

Please I am sorry that MSNBC went to bat for them during the election, but the way for MSNBC to get the egg that is all over Keith Olberman's and Rachel Maddow's faces right now is to admit they were wrong, not throw good money after bad.

Posted by: DCDave11 | September 24, 2009 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Ok one more thing, if you think Cheney and Bush should be held accountable for things their underlings did then you HAVE to think that the people who run ACORN are responsible for the actions of their employees. Or do we just set up completely different standards for 'community organizers'.

Posted by: DCDave11 | September 24, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

The lawsuit is totally justified and hopefully ACORN will win big. ACORN does very valuable work that is unmatched by any of their critics. They should purge those who need to be fired and continue their great work. The defunding issue should BEGIN with military contractors, 'faith-based' orgs, and the Wall Street firms that received public money. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | September 24, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Lets use the 2 to 3 million Acorn was getting in Federal funds to investigate the collusion between the banks and oil companies in running up the price of oil.
Or spend millions of dollars more and turn the Justice Department loose on Wall Street and K Street. You wont see Republicans lining up to put big money criminals in jail. But God forbid some of the taxpayers money go to a group helping low income people and not to Corporate subsidies so their buddies can pay themselves a salary of more money than Acorn gets in a year. They are pathetic.

Posted by: keithamcgregor | September 24, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

To all of the Previous Posts... Wise Up

Who's at Fault....The American People are, YOU, yes YOU let this Corruption Happen.

All these non-profit organizations need to go. "The ones that are partisan, lobby, and are involved in Politics".

All gov.FUNDING (at all levels i.e. state/local) needs to stop funding, to all non-profit or profit organizations. Their PURPOSE is to server their members or community, NOT the Corrupt Political Landscape by the Mgmt's political agenda of these organization. There all need to be independently investigated before receiving any more funding.

Don't you all see the revolving door of "OUR" taxpayer money being used against us.

We pay taxes >>> GOV gives to organizations >>> org's use against us the Public >>> for their political gain >>> recruiting more members >>> getting more $$'s from gov. and on and on. This is why gov. is so big..

WISE UP and stop catering to your damn Political Group as if they are going to Help you... THEY are ROBBING YOU.

Let's clean up this SH_T.

Posted by: notAsheeple | September 24, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this the same as what Food Lion did to ABC in 1997? Why would that be considered a mistake when the raw unedited footage was key to Food Lion's success? Instead of hanging ACORN or any other organization out to dry based on limited information, isn't there a right to air all available information? This basic value of America should apply no matter the organization's or individual's political leanings. Americans of all stripes, including the media, seem to remember and forget this value when it is politically expedient to do so. We are a nation of hypocrites that just seems to keep pulling farther and farther apart.

Posted by: mraymond10 | September 24, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

While I have always thought that the Republican criticisms of ACORN were out of line, the behavior of the staff in counciling a self identified pimp and prostitute is totally unacceptable. It appears that the training that ACORN provided did not concentrate of teaching the importance of proforming all activities within legal guidelines. It would seem that ACORN should take time to work with staff and others to rework their image. I think that there are many who support the work that ACORN has done. It needs to work on enhancing their image with their positive activities they have done thru the years.

Right now, those who support the kind of activities done by ACORN will look to support other organizations who can do ACORNS work in more positive ways.

Posted by: FranJane | September 24, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Acorn gets to see the unedited tapes through discovery.

Lawyers for the filmmakers (paid for by the republicans) get discovery also. Employee records, pay records, training records, etc. These are things the republicans have been trying to get hold of for years.

Who is happiest these lawsuits have been filed?

Posted by: tomhamand | September 24, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Acorn is TOAST, just like all Crooks in Washington.

You want State run Auto, Banks, Health Care, and MEDIA (TV)which is 95% state run, not reporting the news for the past 50 years, brain washing the public.

You all want to be told what to get paid, what not to eat, NOT to speak against, (what OBAMA did yesterday to Humana Health, not letting them send a letter to their insureds regarding how the new bill will affect Medicare.

OK----LITTLE SHEEPLE get in LINE, sing your song of Praise to the "O". Don't you see what is comming.

Posted by: notAsheeple | September 24, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

There is no question that the behaviour of the individuals caught on tape was both disturbing and worthy of the strongest condemnation. And it may very well be that the organization is infested with individuals who have done/would engage in the same if presented with the opportunity. I do not comment as a moral defender.

But this article is ridiculous. As we all learned during the Lewinsky scandal, it is illegal to tape someone in Maryland without their consent. That is exactly what the "documentarians" did to ACORN. You criticize ACORN for the PR elements at issue, but, truly, what have they got to lose here? Is anyone going to say "Well, I was willing to give them another shot after I saw multiple employees explain in detail how to break the law, but this lawsuit just puts me over the top!" No. It's defenders will remain its defenders and will probably be emboldended by the legal action. It's detractors will use it the same way that they would ANY action on the group's part.

So if the point of the article is to point out how stupid the group is for suing the illegal tapers, it's a waste of space. The group is stupid because it hired individuals (and, arguably, allowed a culture of corruption). But this seems to be a totally legitimate law suit with no real PR downside.

Posted by: dan_of_dc | September 24, 2009 5:54 PM | Report abuse

And on this National Punctuation day, I apologize for my use of "it's" instead of "its." Hell, I'll even apologize for my grammar mistake in saying "without their permission" instead of "without his permission."

Posted by: dan_of_dc | September 24, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Acorn gets to see the unedited tapes through discovery.

Lawyers for the filmmakers (paid for by the republicans) get discovery also. Employee records, pay records, training records, etc. These are things the republicans have been trying to get hold of for years.

Who is happiest these lawsuits have been filed?

Posted by: tomhamand | September 24, 2009 5:49 PM
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The lawyers for both sides will have to prove relevance at discovery. Seems to me that what ACORN is made about (the tapes) will be a lot easier to show as relevant than will pay records (?), training (?) and the other things you mention.

Posted by: dan_of_dc | September 24, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

"this is obviously just another false scandal created by wacko right wing Republican psychos against the poor,"

LOL. Funniest comment of the day, not because it's inherently funny, but because it shows the mindset of the kooks that support organizations like Acorn.

"this seems to be a totally legitimate law suit with no real PR downside."

See? The kooks are crawling out of the woodwork to support Acorn.

Keep going guys! Promise you won't let the man keep you down! *chuckle*

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | September 24, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

tomhamand ,

You are partially right.
"Lawyers for the filmmakers (paid for by the republicans)"

NO>>> Will be paid for by all Donors, from the Dems, Independents and Repbs.

I see this rhetoric all the time...Dems accusing Repbs or what prior presidents did or didn't do or been investigated for.

STOP the Madness. Lets everyone who has ANY common sense Stand UP against whatever party is unethical, corrupt and taking our Liberties away.

Posted by: notAsheeple | September 24, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Is anybody surprised? They survive on government handouts and when the opportunity arises they sue somebody.

Posted by: alstl | September 24, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

"Isn't this the same as what Food Lion did to ABC in 1997?"

You know that Food Lion eventually lost on appeal, right? The Court held that while what ABC did was wrong -- their reporters got hired as employees -- Food Lion had damaged itself through its own actions. Some of the unused footage did show Food Lion employees refusing to violate sanitary practices but that in no way compensated for the times that employees did act improperly.

Bottom Line: ACORN will lose. Even if they won, it wouldn't repair their reputation. ACORN is delusional. Doesn't their success in uniting both houses and both parties in Congress tell them anything?

Posted by: anon99 | September 24, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

To those defending ACORN and attacking the critics of ACORN;

Nobody is saying that everyone associated with ACORN is corrupt but the ones caught are and should not be defended. There is a lot more to this than a handful of idiots in a coulple of offices. ACORN obviously needs to be investigated since it gets federal assistance (or used to anyway) and is or was slated to get billions in federal aid.

Does a sleezy right winger exposing a corrupt liberal make the corruption somehow OK? Of couse not. Condemming the stingers is not valid because they actually exposed corruption and it does not matter what their motivations are. Even the leaders of ACORN are demanding an internal investigation because they don't know how bad the sitation may be.

The predicted "end of ACORN" will only mean that community organizations will
demand greater oversight of their activists and activities if they are getting federal money or just to want to avoid damaging PR. That should be a good thing.


Posted by: AnotherContrarian | September 24, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone ever successfully sued 60 Minutes or 20-20 for doing exactly the same thing? Cry foul on the conservative group who caught them on tape all you like, but journalistically it was an old trick that mainstream media has been using for years.

Posted by: kilgore_nobiz | September 24, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

The rightwing so loves to villify the mainstream media. Guess what, the MSM is milquetoast(correct spelling). They fold like shrinking violets at the slighest whif of contraversy. The zealots know this and exploit it to the fullest. Ms. Armao can bloviate all she wants, unfortunately american journalisim has gone past truth and now depends on what supports my/our political position and the MSM (see above)does not care about truth, just about ratings. Fortunately for us and unfortunately for the right, the democrats are learning how to fight back rather than use percieved logic. These folk dont give a damn, THEY JUST WANT TO WIN.

Posted by: jestindam | September 24, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Come on guys... what these "documentarians" did is no different than the cr-p Michael Moore's been putting out post-Roger & Me. It's edited, massaged, tweaked and distorted to make the point he's trying to make. Of course they're going to release the juicy excerpts, set up to make their point. You can't say one's the next messiah and the other is offensive just 'cause of your political bent. That's the typical partisan hypocracy that makes opinions and perspectives completely worthless, as does falling back on the same tired "business = evil" line of cr-p. Be consistent. Use the same yardstick no matter who does something wrong and then you've got credibility. Oh - and a knee-jerk "ZOMG shut it all down!" is a really stupid reaction as well - indicative of the level of real thought, analysis and governing maturity we can expect from most on both sides of the aisle. Guess we get the govt we deserve.... can't wait for them to run healthcare!

Posted by: jiggy1987 | September 24, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Damned surveillance camera and hidden microphone caught me sticking up the 7-11. I'm gonna sue!!!!!

Posted by: faudel | September 24, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

You think ACORN's reputation is bad now? Wait until some thorough discovery is conducted in the lawsuit by defense attorneys in order to determine how much ACORN's "reputation" was truly damaged. Almost nothing is "off limits" in such discovery. If ACORN has any more embarrassing secrets --- and from what I can see and what I've heard, it's likely they do --- then this lawsuit is going to be the biggest tactical mistake they could possibly make.

Posted by: prosecutor1 | September 24, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Just so we "get" what ACORN is doing, they say they have a valid legal reason to terminate the employment of ACORN workers then saying they are suing the videographers over the termination for "$2 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages because of “extreme emotional distress with attendant physical symptoms and injury to their reputations.”

Now, as others instantly have noted, such a lawsuit opens up ACORN to discovery and 20 states investigating ACORN for criminal voter fraud, funds allocation fraud will be as keenly interested in the documents the videographers lawyers get as the lawyers themselves.

So my own theory is that they only filed the lawsuit to posture as the Noble Victims of a "conservative witch hunt", maintain the sympathy and support of their black and liberal backers. And will drop the lawsuit the instant the judge in the lawsuit contemplates a discovery request.

Their big problem is how stupid and incoherent they are. What complete lack of common sense they dsplay as Hard Left advocates getting money out of the racial spoils system.
They are suing for the anguishment of workers they chose to fire!!!! And the lawsuit, instead of garnishing sympathy, may be like an armed robber taking to TV to protest his innocence and push his lawsuit for false arrest...only to have 7 other people see him on TV and call authorities saying he is the guy who robbed them at gunpoint.

ACORN violates the 1st rule of the unethical people with a lick of brains, or the kid caught with his hands in the cookie jar....IT's A GOOD TIME TO SAY AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE TO DRAW AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE ATTENTION WHILE YOU QUIETLY TRY TO SMOOTH THINGS OVER!!

Now, you have your exceptions like Al Sharpton or John Edwards flatly lying for months about his affair and getting away with it...but ACORN ain't them. ACORN has abundant trouble and lots of people waiting to get enough public anger to show to be sure they will have enough political support to justify state costs of going after them.

ACORN is like the armed robber with lots of crimes he got away with deciding it would be a great time to step into the spotlight and try using public protests to get out of yet another robbery...somehow calculating that none of his other victims will see his face on TV or in other media.
Then he gets bagged good as witnesses come forth and people gasp and exclaim...what was that dumb thug thinking??? OR was he thinking???

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | September 24, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

IT'S WORKED SO FAR FOR MARK SANFORD...

Posted by: edismae | September 24, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Is this ACORN thing supposed to make us forget
that, last year, the M0R0NS
0F THE UNIVERSE, AKA Wall street brokers ruined the world economy when their Ponzi scheme of worthless paper collapsed? Really, is that the purpose of this dog and pony show?
BTW, find me ONE organization the size of ACORN that doesn't have some people who cut corners or don't do their jobs correctly.

Posted by: rkerg | September 24, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

"ACORN needed to play defense. So it’s inexplicable it would want to call even more attention to itself by claiming it is the injured part" You certainly are stupid. ACORN has everything to gain by discrediting the people that create the videos. This will certainly happen.

It is possible to fool some of the people some of the time, but there is our system of laws. Next time know your limits when bending reality.

Posted by: Super_Grover | September 24, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

whereto begin...

when will the media be held accountable for printin lies? there, i guess that sums it up.

Posted by: anonymous3 | September 24, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

"Even a 15-year-old had the good sense not to act aggrieved by a breach of his privacy and to know that the best strategy was to lay low" -- somehow I think family life anecdotes may not be quite the best basis for legal or political strategy advice.

Posted by: sembtex | September 24, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

The ACORN story does not convince me that this is a corrupt organization. I've seen so many doctored pictures that I look forward to the next sitcom. America, you gotta be kidding me!
For the 16th time in my life, I am ashamed of being American.

Posted by: brndmnd04 | September 24, 2009 10:18 PM | Report abuse

if acorn wants to get in the good graces of congress, they need to write campaign checks -- not register low income, minority voters. that's how democracy works in the u.s. of effin a.

Posted by: mycomment | September 24, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I am not that familiar with ACORN or the "truth" behind this illegal taping, but I do find it very funny and ironic that ACORN is labeled as an anti-capitalist organization by conservatives yet this conservative activist portrayed ACORN as exemplifying the worst aspects of capitalism (i.e. the exact opposite) with the two ACORN individuals telling the prostitute and her associate to disregard morals, laws, etc. just to make money. I am a firm believer in capitalism, but this conservative-made video seems to almost have more to show against capitalism than it does ACORN as an organization.

Posted by: prh1975 | September 24, 2009 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Discovery means the TV spotlights are off the two "Journalists" and they have nothing new to contribute to the cause.

For them to "win" their anti-establishment point is unthinkable. If "Deep Throat" had tried to be Michael Moore, things would have turned out much differently for him.

Sad for them.

Posted by: gannon_dick | September 24, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean Barack will be reprising his role as ACORN defense lawyer?

ACORN: Association of Criminals Obama Represented in the Nineties.

“I've been fighting alongside of ACORN on issues you care about my entire career [ including child “services”, financial “services”, and “voter” registration? ] Even before I was an elected official, when I ran Project Vote in Illinois, Acorn was smack dab in the middle of it, and we appreciate your work.” --Obama, 2007

ACORN: Assisting Call-girls, Obama, Reid and Nancy

Posted by: PositiveSum | September 24, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

"Nobody is saying that everyone associated with ACORN is corrupt but the ones caught are and should not be defended. There is a lot more to this than a handful of idiots in a coulple of offices. ACORN obviously needs to be investigated since it gets federal assistance (or used to anyway) and is or was slated to get billions in federal aid."

Um . . . could you please back any of that up with citations?

1. "The ones caught" have already been fired. No one is defending them.

2. "A lot more" - where is the evidence for that?

3. "Billions"? ACORN got 53 Million, that's an M, not a B in the last 14 years. What makes you think they are suddenly going to increase their funding potential a thousand fold in this economic climate?

Posted by: rumpleteasermom | September 25, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

ACORN EXEC'S: The ol' nut that where there's smoke, there's fire. There is a lot of smoke around ACORN and a court case will surely find more fire. Lay low and take your medicine, you've earned it.

Posted by: Mecarswell | September 25, 2009 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Documents released by a Senate Republican on Thursday show that leaders of the ACORN community organizing network transferred several million dollars in charitable and government money meant for the poor to arms of the group that have political and sometimes profit-making missions.

Posted by: bingham60 | September 25, 2009 6:36 AM | Report abuse

ACORN is nothing more than an electioneering tool for ultra-leftist Democrats.

The down-and-dirty, nitty-gritty, street hustlers of the DNC.

This is a hard fact that cannot be denied by anyone grounded in reality.

That's the way it is!

Posted by: battleground51 | September 25, 2009 6:55 AM | Report abuse

I love Fox News viewers. They're so predictable, so consistent in their responses to everything - I guess because it's so much easier than actually thinking.

Did we shut down the U.S. Army because some members were found guilty of war crimes? Did we terminate Halliburton's Iraq contracts even though they were doing egregiously illegal things there? Did Rush Limbaugh lose his job for his illegal purchases of drugs? Hell, did David Vitter get booted by the GOP for paying a prostitute to indulge his diaper fetish?

The GOP is the "Glass House" party, forever pointing a finger at liberal groups for minor or imagined infractions. One of the nuns who taught me used to say when you point a finger at someone else, "you have three fingers pointing back at you." Whattaya know, Sister Mary was right!

Posted by: uberblonde1 | September 25, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

ACORN - ACORN- ACORN

How many more HOURS for Steve King R-IA for his rant on ACORN?

Murdoch/Rove Style - WSJ/Murdoch- Dumb it Down Mr. President! Days before the big HEALTHCARE Break in August-

Guess what GOP did with 7 precious hours of their time on the House Floor days before the August break?

Guess?

Go ahead- It is on C- Span - FOR LIFE!

7-27-09- R-IA King stood for 2 hours on the House floor ranting about Criminal Acorn- nothing to do w/healthcare?

Then- to really enforce the WSJ/Murdoch DUMB DOWN-

7-29-09 Guess what R-IA King did for 2 more hours?

Yep! DO NOTHING; DUMB it DOWN Murdoch Style all the way - did the exact same thing again.

R-IA King stood for 2 more hours on the House floor ranting about Criminal Acorn have to do w/healthcare?

It is all on C-Span! SWIFTBOAT at its FINEST!

Funny- SLOW DOWN- DUMB it DOWN Murdoch style –

7 hours before the Town Halls begin!

Amazing- back from his town halls and guess who CNN had on - calling for Congressional Hearings for ACORN?

Go ahead- Guess?

Yep! R-IA King! The EXPERT on Criminal ACORN!

It is all on C-Span archives!

Rove and the illegal firing of attorney generals were because ROVE wanted VOTER FRAUD prosecutions and Iglesias said there was none!

Today-9-24-09-

King is back at it again- Murdoch Style all the way baby!

R-IA King - stating President Obama worked for ACORN.

He also had new vile POSTERS!

C-SPAN archives- what a wonderful truth teller!

But------wait------SLOW DOWN!

SLOW DOWN - START OVER--

The DO NOTHINGS!

They do so much for our country!


Posted by: sasha2008 | September 25, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Did we CUT off all CONTRACTING for all those murders that KBR faulty electrical work!

They were paid to murder our troops!

Do the DO NOTHINGS care about this?

Where is the MURDOCH OUTRAGE?

DUMB it DOWN!

Posted by: sasha2008 | September 25, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

The mainstream media has in print, web and broadcast has FAILED MISERABLY in maintaining any level of journalistic integrity while reporting on ACORN.

Most important PDF report you'll read in quite sometime:

http://departments.oxy.edu/uepi/acornstudy/

Posted by: timothyeevans | September 25, 2009 9:25 AM | Report abuse

ACORN is a defacto wing of the Democratic Party and its liberal faction. It is a avenue for the Democratic Party to pay off key supporters and to funnel Federal Funds to buy votes. No more no less. Just get used to it, we have allowed our government to be taken over by this group of degenerates why should we complain. We are to blame but just like ACORN who are now playing the victim it was the film makers fault not theirs.

Posted by: staterighter | September 25, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Dear Defenders of ACORN…

Even Jon Stewart a liberal Obama-lover and self-declared "fake journalist" has acknowledged publicly his total embarrassment at the mainstream media on ACORN coverage.

Two kids (25 and 20) .. two Furris Bueller and Jennifer Anistan look-alikes have exposed and taken down a huge national criminal organization while the mainstream media slept and provided daily coverage of the Messiah.

As Jon shouts: Where are the professional reporters ? Where are the undercover media investigators ?

Absent just like for John "the Cad" Edwards, Czar "truther" Van Jones, and now ACORN.

Although Jon Stewarts online video was removed by Viacom (an embarrassed Obama media supporter), you can see a clip from Bill O. at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNfQcWd48Gw

Posted by: pvilso24 | September 25, 2009 10:17 AM | Report abuse

The real reason the Republicans are gnawing on ACRON is that they helped people sign up to vote that Republicans don't think would ever vote GOP.

The GOP tried their best to label ACORN as voter fraudsters a political motivated charge they just couldn't get to stick.

Posted by: Emmetrope | September 25, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

EDITORIAL/COMMENTS----

How is it that the 'Post' has NOT investigated and informed their few remaining subscribers about The Acorn Scandal?

There are Acorn 'insiders', apparent evidence of fraud and corruption, the 'Pimp/Prositute' Videos, Tracable connections of Acorn with the Presidency, Acorn receipt of Federal Funds, Acorn and $8Billion in Stimilus Funds!, Acorn's Auditors and Embezzlement-knowledge, Acorn & its Owners, ETC.......

WOW...! What a Front Page Story this would make ! I would even Buy copies of the 'Post' to read about this....

Thank You/Phlip
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Posted by: duffey1 | September 25, 2009 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Wapo should frontpage this for a while.

The comment section is a hoot to read.

Posted by: dottydo | September 25, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

wow... wow. i cant believe i just read that

Posted by: praxitas | September 27, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

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