Video: ACORN doubles down on a 13

posted at 12:15 pm on September 14, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Give ACORN credit for having more testicles than brains, after the third episode of Big Government’s exposure of their office practices in protecting tax evasion and pimps. They’re now threatening to sue Fox News, James O’Keefe, and Hannah Giles for publishing allegedly doctored tapes to make ACORN look guilty, including an allegation that O’Keefe looped his lines afterward to make ACORN look guilty. Not only do the very specific responses from the ACORN workers make that argument ridiculous, ACORN’s own response does too:

John Fund says, “Bring it on”:

If this was looped, why would the ACORN workers have said this?

ACORN 4: You want to make sure you distance yourself from that. Straight up. And the other thing is — okay, I know this is no disrespect to you, sweetheart. OK? … If you buy the home, you have no knowledge of what’s goin’ on in that home. He’s just [garbled] the landlord. …

ACORN 4: All someone needs to do is get wind that you got a house and that your girlfriend is over there running a house of the women in the night. You will not have a career [in politics]. You will be smeared and tarnished for life to come.

Obviously, O’Keefe told them about the pimping and the prostitution. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have responded with these kind of specifics.

Of course, ACORN knows this — which is why they fired the four women from the first two incidents. That will make it pretty hard for ACORN to sue anyone, since the first question asked will be, “Why did you fire these women if the tape was faked?” As John Fund also points out, a lawsuit will allow for both sides to demand internal documents for discovery purposes, and right now it looks like ACORN has a lot more to lose in that transaction than O’Keefe.

Why did ACORN even make this empty threat? They need a new line for their defenders on the Left, but this is so threadbare that it won’t survive today’s exposure. Will there be more down the line? I wouldn’t bet against it.

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Oh, this will go nowhere. We have a regular segment on our local news channel, scoping out “hidden microphone” stories around the City.

They usually bust car repair shops, etc.

But there’s no illegality to it. This isn’t a case of government entrapment.

AnninCA on September 14, 2009 at 4:57 PM

But there’s no illegality to it. This isn’t a case of government entrapment.

AnninCA on September 14, 2009 at 4:57 PM

This is an ordinary case of Progressives getting all progressive on video tape. Move along. Nothing here.

seven on September 14, 2009 at 5:31 PM

since they are acting as journolists for BigGovt they are exempt form that MD law , protected by the 1st amendment donchaknow! righteous finally someone who can put the 1st amendment to the use it was designed for, protecting against scurrilous attempts to shut down reporting on the govt to the people…

ginaswo on September 14, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Yes, discovery would make all of ACORN tremble, but can you imagine the volume of paper shredding already going on across the country?

joedoe on September 14, 2009 at 12:57 PM

Quick, haul ACORN into court and get a cease-and-desist order until they file an environmental impact statement!

ya2daup on September 14, 2009 at 5:41 PM

Awesome !

NY CBS station

The group, which has received $31 million in federal grants in the last decade, was accused of helping unqualified voters to register for last year’s presidential election and has close ties to President Barack Obama. His campaign reportedly paid a subsidiary nearly $1 million to get out the vote.

William Amos on September 14, 2009 at 5:51 PM


CBS 2 tried to talk to O’Keefe, but he refused to answer any questions. We also haven’t seen the entire tape, so we don’t know if it was edited. Still, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office is investigating

William Amos on September 14, 2009 at 5:52 PM

William Amos on September 14, 2009 at 5:52 PM

Smart for not just turning over the tapes…they need to have control of what goes where.
Also, smart for not just talking to anyone, he will pick and choose whom he wants to talk to. O’Keefe knows all to well the traps of the left.

right2bright on September 14, 2009 at 6:02 PM

ACORN will do nothing because a civil action would let the defendants issue deposition subpenas to third party witnesses who are immune from civil suits themselves provided their statements against ACORN are only given by compulsion duirng deposition. Plus financial records of third parties can be subpenaed too.

ACORN can play delaying games in responding to discovery requests to it, but it can’t stop the newsies from getting evidence from third parties with subpenas. And that evidence won’t be confidential, but it will likely show that ACORN is engaged in interstate wire fraud, which is a predicate RICO offense. Persons injured in their trade or business by ACORN’s racketeering can sue it civilly, and the civil RICO statute is tailor-made to take ACORN down.

So this is bluster. It won’t even get to the point of an entertaining dismissal such as Pat Robertson’s dismissal of his libel suik against Pete McCloskey for saying that Robertson dodged combat in Korea.

Tom_Holsinger on September 14, 2009 at 6:39 PM

That’s an easy one :


cableguy615 on September 14, 2009 at 6:42 PM

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What will be their excuse/threat when tomorrow’s tape comes out?

Vashta.Nerada on September 14, 2009 at 12:22 PM

cableguy615 on September 14, 2009 at 6:43 PM

ACORN is doubling down on “20”…

James O’Keefe: we have your back!

Bring it on ACORN… BRING IT ON!!

Khun Joe on September 14, 2009 at 8:16 PM

I’m waiting for a video from Chicago.

Kralizec on September 14, 2009 at 11:08 PM