Revelations recently aired by the Fox News Channel showing two young investigative reporters posing as a pimp and a prostitute at an ACORN office seeking help with housing are nothing short of disgusting. Immediately government officials, especially Senators and Congressmen who had voted to fund ACORN programs, began running for political cover. Suddenly, Congress found a way to quickly vote to stop all federal funding for ACORN in hopes that the scandal would go away quickly. I believe this story has long legs and will impact future elections across our country.
Certainly the White House advisors were already working over-time in anticipation of the planned Sunday morning network news blitz preparing the president to address Health Care, then they were faced with the possibility that someone would question the ACORN debacle. I personally viewed CBS’s Face the Nation and NBC’s Meet the Press and the touchy ACORN subject never came up. These two programs were like a public relations event, and never really probed the issues. David Gregory on NBC was actually fawning and obsequious.
My hat is off to anchor George Stephanopoulos for asking aggressive, probing questions of the president on his ABC This Week program. While I did not see that program, I have heard reliable reports that he challenged the president’s statements on Health Care and brought up the ACORN subject.
According to the Associated Press, President Obama is quoted as responding that what he saw on the ACORN video “was certainly inappropriate and deserves to be investigated.” The AP report indicated that the President did not say who should investigate, and he said it is not a major national issue he pays much attention to. Most shocking was his additional statement: “Frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely. I didn’t even know that ACORN was getting a whole lot of federal money.”
That final quotation is something that I do not believe for one minute. As a former highly educated community organizer, politician who was an attorney who represented ACORN, and as an ex-State and U.S. Senator from Illinois how could he not know that ACORN received massive amounts of federal funds?
Right-wing cable media has aired audio tapes of previous speeches Obama gave to various organizations expressing his total support for ACORN on several occasions, and AOL carried an extended story, too. I do not purport to be the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but I do get plenty of wood on the ball on occasion, and I am astounded that I have heard so few challenges to our president’s astoundingly false statements. Where is the main-stream media’s integrity in challenging the president’s falsehoods? Community organizers know exactly where every possible funding dollar comes from and I believe that President Obama does too.
Just because our President says, it doesn’t mean it is so.