The Brooklyn District Attorney’s said Monday that ACORN employees caught on tape advising conservative videographers James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles did not commit a crime. That’s right, the video that was used as evidence to halt federal funding to ACORN and nearly led to the community organization’s collapse doesn’t actually contain criminal activity.
From a source inside law enforcement:
“They edited the tape to meet their agenda,” said the source.
No! I’m shocked. Shocked! You’re saying editing can be used to manipulate information? And that folks trying to take down ACORN weren’t fair in their editing of their own video? That was completely not obvious at all!
The editing process included splicing shots of James O’Keefe wearing an absurd pimp costume into the footage. O’Keefe never wore the costume inside ACORN offices, yet the outlandish outfit was used to draw attention to the video stunt. And the New York Times not only reported this false information, but is unwilling to retract those reports, saying of O’Keefe, “We believe him.” Yeah, that guy’s totally a trustworthy source.
I’m consistently baffled that politicians just accepted the contents of this video, that Republicans could use it to nearly destroy an organization providing vital services to low income people, and that Democrats played right along. And then I think about who ACORN serves and I remember racism, sexism, classism…