…when in order to defend ACORN, a columnist has to resort to simply turning a blind eye to the facts.
Peter Dreier’s op-ed about ACORN in the L.A. Times is so filled with inaccuracies it’s hard to know where to start. Let’s start with Dreier’s false statements about the recent ACORN videos:
Two “gotcha” right-wing activists showed up at about 10 ACORN offices hoping to entice low-level staff to provide tax advice for an illegal prostitution ring. In most ACORN offices, the staff kicked the pair out. In a few cities, staffers called the police. In two offices, however, the staff listened and offered to help. That was wrong. But ACORN immediately fired the errant staffers.
Let’s bypass the edited Philadelphia video for now.
Watch the videos. ACORN employees are seen advising two young people on how to hide money from the federal government, misrepresent the nature of their business on tax forms, and so forth. They repeatedly shrug at explicit descriptions of a prostitution ring involving girls 13-15 years old smuggled across the border.
Heck, even the Daily Show had a better grasp on the facts.
What’s more, in the post on the San Diego video, you can see Andrew Breitbart categorically state that, as DRJ put it, “no ACORN office kicked James and Hannah out based on the fact that they were doing something nefarious.” I have seen no proof to the contrary. What I have seen is ACORN claiming that happened — and then videos appearing from those cities proving ACORN wrong.
So not only does he ignore the sheer number of videos released, but he ignores the fact that they utterly refute ACORNs earlier claims. What’s worse, telling a lie, or repeating something that’s been refuted as fact? No contest there.
Fact is, ACORN is a thoroughly corrupt organization. They have an extensive history of voter fraud, with employees and branches investigated and indicted all over the country for various crimes.
This is not just a few bad apples, anyone who has followed this story for more than a few seconds knows that way more than two offices offered legal advice to cover up child prostitution.
I’m sure they so some good somewhere but defending them by such obvious falsehoods is just bizarre.