Okay. I got the sniff on the start from MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. Video is below.
Here's a study on ACORN. Well, the main page to the study. And here's UEPI's sort of introductory blog about the study. Peter Dreier and Christopher Martin of the Urban and Environmental Political Institute found that media outlets, starting with right-wing media but now including mainstream media, have misreported much of the controversy surrounding ACORN.
Here's the thing. ACORN helps out poor people, especially people in urban areas, especially poor black people. They fight for higher minimum wage and more labor rights. Stuff like that. They were among the first organizations to warn about predatory lending. And anytime little people are empowered, big people panic and try to squash them.
Don't get me wrong. I was disturbed by the videos just like everybody else, but those people have been fired or laid off. For all the Republican "outrage" over voter registration fraud, it was usually ACORN itself that flagged election boards to the problem.
And I can think of two companies off the top of my head who've defrauded the federal government out of billions and/or were corrupt from top to bottom: Halliburton and Blackwater/Xe. Is the House of Representatives about to vote to stop funding them?
I have other thoughts but not feeling topnotch right now. Holla!