Saturday, October 18, 2008

Press Bias and ACORN

Check out this exceedingly biased article from McClatchy:

An ACORN community organizer received a death threat and the liberal activist group's Boston and Seattle offices were vandalized Thursday, reflecting mounting tensions over its role in registering 1.3 million mostly poor and minority Americans to vote next month.

First off, I do not support vandalism and death threats. Those are illegal acts and should be not only shunned by all Americans, but punished to the fullest extent of the law.

But the "tensions" mentioned in that paragraph aren't caused by ACORN's "role in registering 1.3 million mostly poor and minority Americans to vote next month", they're caused by ACORN's fraudulently registering so many to vote.

Republicans, including presidential candidate John McCain, have verbally attacked the group repeatedly in recent days, alleging a widespread vote-fraud scheme, although they've provided little proof. It was disclosed Thursday that the FBI is examining whether thousands of fraudulent voter-registration applications submitted by some ACORN workers were part of a systematic effort or isolated incidents.

Little proof? Then why is the FBI investigating such spurious allegations? We can start here.

"I would not say that Senator McCain is inciting violence," Kettenring said, "but I would say that his statements about the role of this manufactured scandal were totally outlandish. We would call on Senator McCain to tamp down the fringe elements in his party."

Manufactured scandal? Why does McClatchy not point out all, or any, of the examples of fraud I linked to above? It looks like McClatchy might be pushing an agenda here.

Update: Hey, look! The LA Times reports that some people have been tricked into registering as Republicans. I'm sure the press will be all over this type of voter fraud. I agree with Instapundit: this might be a good thing, as it would force the press (finally) to address the subject of voter fraud.

Update #2, 10/20/08: What a shock! ACORN workers were pressured with quotas. Wonderful people, these ACORN types. Know anyone who's friendly with them?


Ellen K said...

This is why I changed from journalism to art. I had a fight with the head of the journalism department over the use of what I consider "loaded words". There is a distinct difference between calling someone well to do and a despot. Many journalists don't make those fine distinctions and allow their loaded words to reveal their bias. I would agree that vandalism is never the answer. I would also state that the predominant defense for all questionable actions in regards to the Left-capital L-is to kill the messenger. Never mind if the core ideas are strong, just tear down the person who brings them. Bush, Cheney, Thompson, Limbaugh, Hannity, McCain, Palin, every single one of them have been the target of criticism based not just on their political views, but on personal aspects of their lives, history or character that are beyond their own control. Why is it okay to make fun of someone's accent? Yet for a cause, the liberals do that every time. Can you imagine the utter mindless outspewing of venom that would occur if Barak Obama's private emails had been hacked or if his wife's medical records were put on display. Yet that is what has been and is being done in the name of getting Obama elected. He may not be directly involved, but he hasn't really condemned those nutroots that are. Until he does that, then for my money, he's the same as them. And that's not good for us or the nation.

rightwingprof said...

I'm confused. How does your party registration affect the general election vote?

Darren said...

It doesn't, at least not directly, but it's these people still claim their affiliations were fraudulently changed.

allen (in Michigan) said...

> I'm confused. How does your party registration affect the general election vote?

It doesn't but this controversy can be mislabeled and misrepresented to provide something that looks like ACORN on the Republican side. That *can* affect the general election.

Anonymous said...

I know you want to think that this
1. isn't going on
2. isn't a real issue even if it is going on
3. you denounce it, personally, so there's really no issue


Darren said...

We call this "projecting", where you take your personal flaws, fears, and foibles, and say they apply to me instead of you.

I don't support vote fraud no matter who's doing it. It seems like you do, though. You're *obviously* a good American--actually, you're a good liberal.