Tuesday, September 15, 2009

More Media Bias, and the need for continued vigilance

If you've been following ACORN for any length of time, even before last week you knew they were corrupt, under investigation for voting fraud and other crimes. There was also an embezzlement scandal largely covered up with a complicit media. Now we have video evidence of advice that clearly crosses into the criminal, including how to evade taxes and run a whore house.

If one were a reporter handling this story fairly, there's some neutral ground to be had, but Reuters didn't even come close to that. People wonder why moderates and anyone even slightly to the right politically don't trust much of the media. Here's an example. Full story here.
U.S. Senate denies funds for poverty group

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A poverty-rights group that has drawn the ire of conservatives suffered another setback in Washington on Monday when the U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly to deny it access to federal housing funds.

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, which helps poor people fight foreclosures and fix tax problems, has received more than $53 million in U.S. funds since 1994, but conservatives' charges of widespread fraud have begun to impact its reputation in the capital.

[snip]

Republicans say ACORN engaged in widespread fraud during the 2008 presidential campaign when it launched a massive voter-registration drive in minority communities, which typically support Democrats and ended up voting overwhelmingly for President Barack Obama.

[snip]

ACORN more recently has been embarrassed by conservative activists who secretly taped employees in several cities giving tax advice to a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute.

[Emphasis added]
Nice display of bias, Andy Sullivan. There's no pretense of neutrality there. The truth is that this isn't a conservative or Republican issue. This is an issue that should be of concern to every honest taxpayer no matter what their political ideology. Oh, and anyone who is concerned about the integrity of the election system, not just who wins, should be worried about ACORN's activities.

Mr. Sullivan need not worry, however. ACORN isn't really going away, it's just going to morph. ACORN is a prominent tentacle of a much larger movement with plenty of organizations doing similar things under different names.

If we wish to keep the Republic, we can not now sit back and relax, believing the enemy defeated. We'll need to stay vigilant, continuing to object to organizations like ACORN and the SEIU and appointees like Van Jones (who, by the way, will certainly be working with the administration in a less prominent capacity). The activists on the left don't rest. We can't afford to, either.

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