07 October 2009

ACORN & the Media ~ Not What You Might Think

I have written here several times regarding the hallucinatory right wing fantasies about ACORN and how it amounts to a leftist threat to American civilization. Well, it turns out that the the campaign against the community organizers has been a systematic one. Peter Dreier and Chrsitopher Martin have produced a study entitled "Manipulating the Public Agenda: Why ACORN Was in the News, and What the News Got Wrong." You can find the report here. Mostly what Dreier and Martin uncover is the inability of the media (egged on by the right) to uncover much of anything worth reporting about ACORN. In other words the latest efforts by activists to entrap ACORN staffers have a clear interpretation ~ if you cannot find evidence that the organization is a problem, make some. For insight into the current phase of the get-ACORN-at-any-cost campaign check out this story in The Nation.In the meantime, the Democrats have been standing idly (to be very charitable) by while the right dominates the news on this.



Blogger Stan B. said...

If only the right wing had been as vigilant with Halliburton...

07 October, 2009 11:28  

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