The ACORN Sting Gives Me Hope for Journalism

8 years ago
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Last week a major organizational tool of this administration was dismantled by a couple of college kids who dressed as the Halloween version of a pimp and a hooker. Two college kids did what the major media would not: expose corruption where it was rampant.

James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles visited various ACORN offices and more tapes are coming down the pike. O'Keefe brought the sting operation to Andrew Breitbart, who launched them off BigGovernment.com, a site to where I also contribute. Video shows OKeefe and Giles visiting ACORN offices in Baltimore, DC, New York, San Bernadino, and San Diego. They were told how to skirt the law so as to secure government funding - taxpayer dollars - to operate a brothel full of underage El Salvadoran girls

"We're looking out for you," one worker is quoted on tape as saying. (The women from the Baltimore and DC videos were fired.)

Who's looking out for the taxpayers? Who's looking out for those who do abide by the law? Our deficit has been quadrupled, unemployment is at a 26-year high, and here we have an organization that doesn't bat an eye at illegalities. It begs the question as to how many others like OKeefe and Giles walked in requesting assistance for something similar, but their requests were real and not just an expose.

ACORN is already in hot water and under investigation for voter registration fraud; they've yet to answer for what happened to $82,000 dollars in taxpayer money here in St. Louis (and when ACORN worker Gwen Cogshell tried to raise questions about the missing money by way of press conference, she was ignored. Only Fox News sent a crew to cover it; the only other people to report it were bloggers); so that they were fired by the Census and both the House and Senate have voted to strip taxpayer funding due to the organization's nefarious dealings should come as no surprise; neither should the exposé. What does surprise me is how the mainstream media downplays (when it's not ignoring it) such a scandal, even risking their credibility and viability to do so.

John Stewart said it best:

"You mean to tell me that two kids from the cast of High School Musical III broke this story with a video camera and their grandmother's chinchilla coat and you've got nothing?"

Yes. Two ridiculously-dressed kids scooped over-paid and over-coifed "professionals" who've grown to value political allegiance over objective reporting. This coincides with a recent Pew study which showed that the majority have lost faith in the media.

Oddly enough, because of O'Keefe and Giles, I have hope for it again.

 

Related:
Michelle Moore and the media's double-standard

Atlas Shrugs as a roll call of those who voted to defund an organization that would cover for a pimp and his hooker

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