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.
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.
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.
Lost in all of the sensationalism and selective truths is that there has been no connection between ACORN and underage prostitution, until a kid walked in and started talking about it to anyone he could get to listen to him.
The right goes after the left's most effective groups. Because ACORN does not rely on government funds the organization will survive the orchestrated attacks against it. But if it's to restore its strength, it needs progressive support.
The reality -- that ACORN is an established group with worthy goals and some success but also poor management -- is not what's driving the story. Conservatives want to destroy ACORN and the things it does. Period.