NYT Takes Back What It Said About the ACORN Pimp

Arch Bishop Don Magic Juan is my favorite pimp
if you are keeping track at home

Now that ACORN has been vaporized (or, um, disbanded and re-branded at least), the New York Times has decided to take back those mean things it said about the pimp getting tax advice. Awww, that's cute.


[W]hile footage shot away from the offices shows one activist, James O'Keefe, in a flamboyant pimp costume, there is no indication that he was wearing the costume while talking to the Acorn workers.

Sure that was a costume, NYT? Better check before you go making broad assumptions.

Actually, ACORN is accusing NYT of killing them with the false story:

The Times reported Saturday that Acorn, once considered the nation’s largest community organizing group for the poor and powerless, is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. It has already ceased operating in many states, including Maryland, where two conservative activists pretending to be a pimp and a prostitute used a hidden camera and recorded Acorn employees advising them on how to conceal the source of illegal income and manage 14-year-old Salvadoran prostitutes in the country illegally: “Train them to keep their mouth shut.”

The Times was slow last fall to cover that sting in Baltimore, similar ones at Acorn offices in Brooklyn, Washington and other cities, and the resulting uproar, including criminal investigations and votes in Congress to cut off funds for the group. But the paper finally described how a succession of Acorn employees had advised the pair on obviously improper activities and how, as a result, many of the group’s allies had deserted it. Now Acorn and its supporters say The Times got the story wrong and, by failing to correct it, has played into the hands of a campaign that has pushed the group near extinction.

One can cut Clark Hoyt's article 1,000 different ways to make one's point; some can argue the Republican party has cannibalized itself and the rabid conservatives faked ACORN into its grave while the facts seem to show O'Keefe's only sin was editing himself in in an outrageous fake pimp outfit. A bit much but not necessarily the smoking gun, nor a sin egregious enough to vindicate ACORN.

Acorn’s supporters appear to hope that the whole story will fall apart over the issue of what O’Keefe wore: if that was wrong, everything else must be wrong. The record does not support them. If O’Keefe did not dress as a pimp, he clearly presented himself as one: a fellow trying to set up a woman — sometimes along with under-age girls — in a house where they would work as prostitutes. In Washington, he said the prostitution was to finance his future in politics. A worker for Acorn Housing, an allied group, warned him to stay away from the brothel lest someone “get wind that you got a house and that your girlfriend is over there running a house of women of the night. You will not have a career.”

Can we stop bitchfighting amongst ourselves long enough to see how stupid all of this is?

I have yet to see any indication that we can.

Before my new commenter buddy Ted launches into what an asshat I am, I remind everyone (not just his angry ass) that I'm not on the GOP's side here, nor do I encourage putting on fake pimp outfits to make a point. Just sayin.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


Anonymous said...

Ted has had his computer privileges taken away until April 1

- Ted’s Mom

Ted said...

"...O'Keefe's only sin was..."

Still spreading misinformation, I see.

Snark isn't a substitute for accuracy.

Still not reading sentences fully nor understanding context, I see, Ted.

I think you need a hug. Come down to SF and I'll give you a big one. Don't misread that sentence, dear (I know how much you love to take in only the bits you want).

Read slower next time.

Anonymous said...

Hi Ted! I knew you couldn't resist. Nevermind the O'Keefe Huggie Bear outfit and his smokin' accomplice (still have the mental picture of her walking away from the camera - doesn't take much to make an old man happy!).

Acorn (and organizations of their kind) are born, grow, mature and eventually die. In my book, they deserved to go tits up over meddling in areas that they know nothing about. But that's just me.


Ted said...

Actually, I'm leaving your blog for good. Too much fluff, not enough accounting.

Anonymous said...

I miss him already.

Who, the ACORN pimp or Ted? I have a feeling both are sniffing around... Just a hunch.