Thursday, September 17, 2009
The Truth Will Out.
At first I thought this video was a parody, some kind of political joke of the type you see poli-bloggers cribbing together in some weak-assed attempt at humor. (Or something the Harris County Republican Party might throw in You Tube in hopes of riling up the base.)
Imagine my surprise when I found out it was true. Even worse, there are people out there defending this behavior. Honestly defending it.
And now, there's word that ACORN is going to sue. Despite the fact that they've admitted to firing the employees in the video? On what grounds?
Libel? Not likely. It's not libel if what's being said actually happened, and from all accounts ACORN employees bent over backwards, to the point of advising for breaking the law, to try and get this couple into a home so they could export minors in from Ecuador and turn them into prostitutes.
Was it partisan advocacy journalism? You bet.
Was it criminal? Hardly. Except on the part of ACORN it seems.
It takes a special kind of stupid to fall for this ruse. Stupid that's a little less isolated at ACORN than they'd like to admit. Not pervasive perhaps, but not a one-off either. (Four locations, four similar results, and not one person even questioned what was going on)
That's not libel, them's the facts.
It's so bad that the Senate has stopped their funding and Democrats are shedding ties to the organization like a baby-seal coat at a PeTA rally in the Mojave Desert.
The important thing to keep in mind is that the truth will out. After all, the attack's against Tom Delay and Abramoff were initially characterized as a "left-wing smear campaign" as well. If you have no defense you attack your accusers. It doesn't hurt to have a partisan-blind group of followers who are willing to go to bat for you as well. Always a nice touch.
DEVELOPING: More on the guy who made the videos.