Political Animal


October 26, 2011 3:20 PM When in doubt, blame ACORN

By Steve Benen

About a year ago, there was an unintentionally amusing survey from Public Policy Polling that found 23% of Republicans nationwide feared ACORN may help Democrats steal the election.

ACORN, of course, permanently closed its doors in March 2010, six months before the poll was taken. Groups can’t steal elections if they don’t exist.

Here we are now, more than a year and a half later, and ACORN is but a memory. But Fox News would have its audience believe the non-existent group is still up to no good. Today’s Fox News headline reads: “EXCLUSIVE: ACORN Playing Behind Scenes Role in ‘Occupy’ Movement.”

How can a group that folded 19 months ago secretly conspire to bolster Occupy protests? Apparently, “sources tell” Fox News that people who used to work for ACORN have now taken on roles helping organize Occupy protests. In fact, Fox News reports that the former director of New York ACORN and his aides are now working for New York Communities for Change (NYCC), which is turn supporting demonstrations.

I’m not sure why this would be especially interesting if true — if folks who used to be involved with one group then started playing a role with another, who cares? — but as it turns out, a spokesperson for Occupy Wall Street said the NYCC isn’t playing a role in the protests anyway. But don’t worry, Fox News’ unnamed “source” said the group really is up to secret misdeeds, adding, “And yes, we’re still ACORN, there is a still a national ACORN.”

It’s safe to assume that Fox News has reliable contacts among progressive activist organizations, right? There’s bound to be plenty of former ACORN staffers and Occupy activists eager to dish to the Republicans’ cable news outlet, right?

Please. It’s really no wonder at all why Fox News’ audience ends up believing so much nonsense.

Steve Benen is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly, joining the publication in August, 2008 as chief blogger for the Washington Monthly blog, Political Animal.


Post a comment
  • sick-n-effn-tired. on October 26, 2011 3:29 PM:

    Nooze ...we make it up

    You decide ..

    They just can't operate without a boogieman ....

    And remember there is no one, no one in their world to push back on the meme.

  • exlibra on October 26, 2011 3:38 PM:

    Yeah, see... Ever since they renamed themselves "Pecan", they became a hard nut to crack.

  • Schtick on October 26, 2011 3:38 PM:

    The last sentence says it all. The audience DOES believe all the lies and that's the problem.

    crapcha....Getterio condoning....yep, condoning it all

  • Quaker in a Basement on October 26, 2011 3:39 PM:

    Dear Fox News:

    There really IS a race of mole people plotting to steal all of America's garden gnomes. How do I know? I'M ONE OF THEM!!

    (Heh! One of my captcha words is "condi")

  • Peter C on October 26, 2011 3:48 PM:

    Perhaps they thought that when they killed ACORN they killed all the people that worked for ACORN?

    This could just be symptom of the 1% mindset which sees an organization's employees as merely an expendable factor of production which, when layed off, is no longer a concern and effectively ceases to exist.

  • Danp on October 26, 2011 3:49 PM:

    guerrilla protest events?

    In what context does the word "guerrilla" make sense here? It's not warlike or unconventional. Is there a new meaning?

  • max on October 26, 2011 3:50 PM:

    Article: "Apparently, “sources tell” Fox News that people who used to work for ACORN have now taken on roles helping organize Occupy protests."

    When Fox News uses phrases like "sources tell," "it has been reported," "e-mails have been identified," etc., it always means the same thing: someone else at Fox News started a rumor which is then cited as fact. Will they ever run out of useful idiots to watch this drivel.

  • stormskies on October 26, 2011 3:55 PM:

    And let's remember that a person a few years back tried to sue Fox Propaganda for purposefully lying, and it went all the way to the U.S."Supreme" = Corporate Court. And, of course, these corrupt puppets of the Corporations ruled that they can not be held accountable for their lies under the guise of the 1st Amendment. All hail our U.S. Corporate Court.

  • kindness on October 26, 2011 4:06 PM:

    Fox's schtick is fear & rage. Fox provokes anger in it's viewers because when a person is reacting from a gut level, reason isn't involved. By stoking fear Fox tries to create anger and it works.

    Now I will grant that it works best on those who have not progressed beyond the Troglodite level on the Darwinian scale, but that's what we have here in the good 'ole US of A.

  • KK on October 26, 2011 4:06 PM:

    My local blowhard, a few desks down, was excitedly spewing the crap about an hour ago. He is a hopeless idiot so I just ignored him.

  • kindness on October 26, 2011 4:07 PM:

    Oh yea - Steve Jobs was right. Case in point.

  • rUSsInMaSS on October 26, 2011 4:27 PM:

    The only really remarkable thing here is that it took FoxNooz six weeks to tie OWS to ACORN. I think they're off their paranoid phony conspiracy game. Could they be missing that ol' Beck magic?

  • j on October 26, 2011 4:31 PM:

    It is sad to read that the Iraq veteran shot in the head by the Oakland Police is in critical condition on a respirator, with a fractured skull, and bleeding on the brain. All he was doing was holding a sign 'Veterans for Peace'.

  • Joe Max on October 26, 2011 4:55 PM:

    It's because the freeperbaggers assumed that all former ACORN employees were to be taken out behind the chemical sheds and shot.

    How DARE they find other jobs!!!

  • flubber on October 26, 2011 4:57 PM:

    ACORN is shorthand for when Fox News sees black people.

    But I don't know why Mr. Benen is critical of stenographers, I mean reporters, using unnamed sources - "sources tell” Fox News that people who... - as we lefties have no problem passing on un-sourced government assertions of terrorist here or there that need to be assassinated. We believe it easily as long as it fits our narrative that day.

  • Roddy McCorley on October 26, 2011 4:58 PM:

    Hey, they haven't let go of the Soviet Union. Why should they let go of ACORN???

  • Lance on October 26, 2011 5:51 PM:

    Isn't it amazing that if Fox decides you're a liberal they also get to decide you have no First Amendment rights?

    Lying sacks of s**t.

  • datechguy on October 26, 2011 8:01 PM:

    Yes all the people who were involved in Acorn magically disappeared into the ether never to be heard again no longer involved in any kind of political activity for the rest of their lives, if they even exist.

    There is no possibility that such groups might reform under different names. If the fools on the right can believe that then they might even start believing that a company like Comcast could be renamed Xfinity or Esso might be renamed Exxon or something.

    Seriously how stupid do you think we are?

  • trex on October 26, 2011 8:18 PM:

    Seriously how stupid do you think we are

    Very, very stupid. If for no other reason than the uninformed comments like the one you just wrote and the volumes of stupidity you and your fellow morns must absorb to even construct such hysterical theses.

    Yep, rank fucking stupidity.

    With an absolute paucity of self-awareness, of that makes you feel any better.

  • N.Wells on October 26, 2011 9:08 PM:

    Evidently, from little ACORNS, mighty hoaxes grow.

  • dyertwe on October 27, 2011 10:45 AM:

    Whole sale from http://www.sipostyle.com
    Handbags ( Coach Lv fendi D&G) $30
    T-shirts (polo, ed hardy,) $13.88
    Lacoste T-shirt $12
    Jean (True Religion, ed hardy, coogi )$29.68
    Sunglasses ( Oakey, coach, Gucci, Armaini) $9.88
    New era cap $9.88
    Bikini (Ed hardy, polo) $15

  • what now toons on October 29, 2011 1:20 PM:

    Once again Fox lies to their audience in their constant fear based news reporting, I couldn't resist drawing a cartoon about this for Halloween. It's up on my site now,
    Left of center Political Cartoons