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Acorn Scandal

Reflections on Planned Parenthood, Clinton and ACORN

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

Unsubstantiated ideas are frequently published in the news media without a rigorous investigation into their veracity. Following their initial publication, these ideas are cited and re-cited by other news media organizations, and sometimes the originators themselves, creating a phenomenon known as "circular reporting," repeatedly breathing life into lies so long as they are not fact-checked.

Farah Mohamed

Here's One Way To Fight The Ruling Class | Farah Mohamed | Posted 11.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In times of economic weakness, the ruling class has tended to pit domestic workers against immigrants, warning the former that wages are...

Bertha Lewis: From ACORN To The Black Institute

Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices

From NPR: In this week's "Wisdom Watch" segment, host Michel Martin speaks with Bertha Lewis, former CEO of the Association for Community Organizat...

Amanda Terkel

ACORN Comeback? Conservatives Fear Resurgence Of 'Nutty' Liberal Fringe | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.07.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) spent years being a conservative villain and was finally felled in Nov...

ACORN Closes Its Last Door, Filing for Bankruptcy

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Atlas

In less than two years after ACORN's former ally Barack Obama was elected President, it was subject to a ferocious attack by the right wing of the Republican Party, its allies, and Fox News.

How ACORN Helped Save New Orleans for Katrina Survivors

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Atlas

A week after Katrina hit New Orleans, Federal Government officials and private relief organizations were still discussing how to send aid to the area. ACORN had already moved into action.

Federal Appeals Court Reverses Court Decision That Barred Congress from cutting ACORN's Funds

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Atlas

Despite a slew of independent investigations exonerating ACORN of misdeeds, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed the decision that cutting off ACORN's funding punished ACORN without a trial.

New Yorkers to Wall Street: Help with Foreclosures Or We'll Move Our Money to Banks That Will

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
John Atlas

Civic leaders across the country should follow the New York Communities for Change coalition's lead. Either big banks become part of the solution or the rest of us will have to Move the Money.

Voter Fraud in California: Is ACORN at it Again? Or Is it Actually Republicans?

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
John Atlas

Unlike Republicans, ACORN has never been convicted of voter registration fraud and there is no evidence that ACORN ever intentionally engaged in registration fraud.

Obama's Attorney General continues to vigorously prosecute Acorn? Will Van Jones be Next?

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Atlas

A Center for Constitutional Rights lawsuit seeks to stop Congress from singling out an organization for punishment without proper investigation or due process.

ACORN Vindicated of Wrongdoing by the Congressional Watchdog Office

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Atlas

For years Republicans accused ACORN of corruption and used phony tapes to lead an effort to successfully strip the group of federal funding in 2009. Now, months later, the group has been exonerated from any wrongdoing.

The Video That Destroyed ACORN Was Fake: How to Stop It From Happening Again

Lee Camp | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Lee Camp


ACORN Sting Tape EDITED: Rachel Maddow Dissects Edit-Bay Trickery (VIDEO)

Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The hidden-camera tapes of ACORN employees supposedly advising conservative activists disguised as a pimp and prostitute on the best ways to launder t...

ACORN: Done in by its Friends

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

Most damaging to ACORN's cause was the reluctance, and indeed failure, of progressive nonprofit groups, large liberal foundations and Democrat politicians to come to Acorn's support and assistance.

Fake ACORN Pimp Pleads Guilty; the New Yorker Adds its Voice to the Anti-ACORN Story

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
John Atlas

I am beginning to believe that most well-paid liberal journalists, who are unfamiliar with urban issues and what it's like to be poor in a wealthy society, are quick to believe any story about an African-American group screwing up.

What Progressives Must Learn from the ACORN Debacle

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rinku Sen

The attack on ACORN isn't about ACORN alone. It's an element of a conservative strategy to discredit the Obama administration, destroy organizing capacity among progressives and quiet voices for change.

Why ACORN Fell: The Times, Lies, and Videotape

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Dreier

The mainstream media, including the New York Times, played a pivotal role in ACORN's demise through shoddy, opportunistic journalism. But all have refused to acknowledge their role.

New York Times Issues Correction On ACORN Pimp Stories

Huffington Post | Danny Shea | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The New York Times has issued a correction on its stories about the ACORN pimp scandal. After Public Editor Clark Hoyt acknowledged that the paper wa...

ACORN Wins Another Victory: Judge Says the Government Can't Cut Funding

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Atlas

Congress singled ACORN out for punishment in the absence of any judicial or administrative process adjudicating guilt. The judge declared the act of Congress was an unconstitutional bill of attainder.

Brooklyn DA Finds No Crime In Infamous ACORN Hooker Advice Video

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - ACORN employees caught on video apparently advising a couple posing as a prostitute and her boyfriend to lie about her p...

NYTimes Owes Us an ACORN Smear Retraction - UPDATED

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dave Johnson

The New York Times repeated conservative misinformation that smeared ACORN, and is now refusing to retract their "reporting."

ACORN Is Back in the News, but News Still Gets It Wrong

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Dreier

This week, the FBI arrested 25-year old James O'Keefe and three other men, charging them with plotting to tamper with phones in the New Orleans office...

ACORN Is Back in the News, but the News Still Gets it Wrong

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Atlas

Last year, the mainstream media treated O'Keefe's exploits against ACORN as an example of investigative "gotcha" journalism, with few pointing out that he doctored the videos and never released the original footage.

ACORN: A Case of Selective Prosecution

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David R. Jones, Esq.

While the guerrilla theater video made for interesting TV, it does not accurately portray the work ACORN does. ACORN has a done a tremendous amount of good.

ACORN Scandal Offers Key Lessons to All Charities

John Atlas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Atlas

Acorn is getting a bum rap -- in the news media, among politicians, and even by some foundations. The attacks are worrisome not just because they have harmed an effective grass-roots organization.