ACORN going underground. MSM not all that interested.
The embattled liberal group ACORN is in the process of dissolving its national structure, with state and local-chapters splitting off from the underfunded, controversial national group, an official close to the group confirmed.
“ACORN has dissolved as a national structure of state organizations,” said a senior official close to the group, who declined to be identified by name because of the fierce conservative attacks on the group that began when a conservative filmmaker caught some staffers of its tax advisory arms on tape appearing to offer advice on incorporating a prostitution business.
The videos proved a rallying point for conservatives who had long accused the group of fomenting voting fraud. Though the videos did not produce criminal charges, they appear to have been fatal to the national organization.
“Consistent with what the internal recommendations have been, each of the states are developing plans for reconstitution independence and self-sufficiency,” said the official, citing ACORN’s “diminished resources, damage to the brand, unprecedented attacks.”
The new organizations, he said “will be constituted under new banners and new bylaws and new governance,” he said, consistent with the recommendations of an outside panel.
UPDATE: A person familiar with the New York reorganization said the new group has a new board, including some relative outsiders, like an official at the union Workers United, Wilfredo Larancuent, as well as most of the old leadership.
“It’s not like this is some kind of hostile thing,” said the New York source. “This is what Fox has produced. National Acorn and Bertha Lewis are continuing doing their thing, but the New York flagship has been forced into this new organization.”
“As far as the work in the communities and policy campaigns, no one will notice the difference,” the source said. “It’s people who still believe in their basic mission of fighting for poor people.”
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When James O’keefe was releasing his ACORN videos, the MSM was awol and O’keefe was invisible. It was a non-story. Only after nearly a month of shaming by Fox News did some MSM outlets lower themselves to mention it, and only for the purpose of dismissing it. Then ACORN exposer James O’keefe was arrested for alleged (by the media) wiretapping, and suddenly he was the stuff of BREAKING NEWS. Broadcasts were interrupted to breathlessly report “Watergate, Jr.” with the hopes of implicating O’keefe and his boss, Andrew Breitbart. The story was rushed to print the following morning at the New York Times to spread the good news! I can imagine most of their readership saying to themselves, James who? With little or no prior context, it must have been a story that came out of the ether for most of their viewers and readers who’d probably never even heard of the guy unless they’d been watching Fox News or trolling rightwing blogs. But why else would the O’keefe arrest merit this kind of attention but for the ACORN tapes story–which the MSM was loathe to cover? By reflexively jumping at the James O’keefe arrest the MSM exposed not only their bias, but their wilfull and intentional AGENDA.