In a statement over the weekend, Bertha Lewis, the chief organizer for Acorn, said the bogus prostitute and pimp had spent months visiting numerous Acorn offices, including those in San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami and Philadelphia, before getting the responses they were looking for.
“I cannot and I will not defend the actions of the workers depicted in the video, who have since been terminated,” Ms. Lewis wrote. But she defended the group’s overall record and said it had become “the boogeyman for the right wing and its echo chambers.”
Robert L. Borosage, co-director of the liberal Campaign for America’s Future, called the tactics used to go after Mr. Jones and Acorn “McCarthyite,” and said the critics were harping on minor failings and distorting records that over all were admirable. “This is dangerous stuff,” Mr. Borosage said. “I don’t think progressives will sit back and let this gain momentum.”
ACORN is also claiming that employees thought the right-wing actors were so otrageous they simply played along. UPDATE: ACORN organizer rips video
“In this video, there are two actors who come into our office and who were messing with us. And our employee was messing with them,” Schur said.
She said that the complete and unedited video needs to be released to the public.
Schur said that in a moment not shown on the edited video, Kaelke asked the undercover “pimp” if he was joking and then proceeded to play along with the joke.
But the ACORM employees were fired. That is standard operating procedure to try and head off a scandal. It does seem pretty bizarre that someone would take the right-wing operatives seriously. The facts do not seem to be all in. Whatever happens with ACORN those that have engaged in illegal or unethical behavior should be dealt with accordingly. In The Right can whoop it up on ACORN hate and rely on the general public’s propensity to have a memory that lasts about two weeks. They’ll need to rely on that phenomenon since moderate to liberal groups have a long way to go to catch up with Republican scandals. The Conservative Movement and Bush brought us, The Walter Reed hospital scandal, North Korea’s development of a nuclear weapon capability, the quagmire of Iraq, losing Osama Bin Laden at Tora Bora, squandering victory in Afghanistan, The Great Recession, torture prisons and extraordinary rendition, the U.S. Attorney scandal, the largest deficit in America’s history, exposing the identity of a CIA agent and the collateral damage that went with that, “Dusty” Foggo and the CIA scandal, the failure to respond to Katrina, tax cuts that went mainly to America’s wealthiest, The Medicare part D plan – a form of corporate welfare for pill companies, Alberto Gonzales – the worse Attorney General ever, Dick Cheney’s claim that he was a 4th branch of government, treating every single American as a terror suspect and spying on accordingly, tried to privatize Social Security, Don Rumsfeld – worse Secretary of Defense, health-care costs that increased six fold, new highs for children living in poverty, Tom Delay and K-Street, ignoring Presidential Daily Brief 8/01: Bin Laden determined to attack in US, defunding overseas AIDS condom programs, covering up the true story of Pat Tillman’s death, the media and the military analyst scandal.
The town-meeting shouters may be the organism’s hands and feet, but its heart—also, Heaven help us, its brain—is a “conservative” media alliance built around talk radio and cable television, especially Fox News. The protesters do not look to politicians for leadership. They look to niche media figures like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, and their scores of clones behind local and national microphones. Because these figures have no responsibilities, they cannot disappoint. Their sneers may be false and hateful—they all routinely liken the President and the “Democrat Party” to murderous totalitarians—but they are employed by large, nominally respectable corporations and supported by national advertisers, lending them a considerable measure of institutional prestige. The dominant wing of the Republican Party is increasingly an appendage of the organism—the tail, you might say, though it seems to wag more often from fear than from happiness. Many Republican officeholders, even some reputed moderates like Senator Chuck Grassley, of Iowa, have obediently echoed the foul nonsense.
No one should ever take any moral finger pointing seriously from people like Beck and Limbaugh, or so-called moderates like Chuck Grassley for that matter. The tea smokers claim to be the populist voice of the people as they righteously defend corporate interests, The Waiting Room
President Obama gave a speech today in support of health care reform at a General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, in which he offered the autoworkers a novel argument for reform — as Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele might put it: “Mo’ money!” That’s an angle that could resonate with Americans — Ezra Klein cites new numbers from the Kaiser Family Foundation showing that over the past 10 years, the cost of a health care policy for a family of four has risen three times faster than wages.
When polled, “nearly three-quarters of physicians supported some form of a public option, either alone or in combination with private insurance options,” says Dr. Salomeh Keyhani. She and Dr. Alex Federman, both internists and researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, conducted a random survey, by mail and by phone, of 2,130 doctors. They surveyed them from June right up to early September.