New York Times completely ignores ACORN controversy

Every knows how the New York Times didn't cover the Van Jones controversy until the Monday after he resigned and even then the coverage was at best incomplete. As a rough first look, I did a Google News search to check about coverage. Now after five days of ACORN being caught in Baltimore advising people pretending to be engaged in child prostitution/slavery on how to break the law, there is still no coverage. This morning the NY Post even has a piece on ACORN doing this now in NYC. The ACORN problems in DC were revealed on 9/11.

Since these particular stories broke, the NY Times website has a very short AP story about the Census dropping ACORN, but there is NO MENTION about the videos and the advice that ACORN was giving out on breaking the law. What is even worse is that the NY TIMES CUT OUT THE PART OF THE AP ARTICLE THAT DISCUSSED THE ACTUAL BEHAVIOR OF ACORN.

Up to now, the Census Bureau had defended ACORN's involvement, explaining it was one of 80,000 unpaid volunteer groups that the bureau hoped would be able to raise local awareness. But in his letter, Groves said it no longer had confidence that ACORN was effectively managing the partnership.
ACORN fired two employees who were seen on hidden-camera video giving tax advice to a man posing as a pimp and a woman who pretended to be a prostitute. Fox News Channel broadcast excerpts from the video on Thursday. On the video, a man and woman visiting ACORN's Baltimore office asked about buying a house and how to account on tax forms for the woman's income. An ACORN employee advised the woman to list her occupation as "performance artist."
In a statement, ACORN Maryland board member Margaret Williams said the video was an attempt to smear ACORN, and that undercover teams attempted similar setups in at least three other ACORN offices. Williams said no tax returns were filed and no assistance was provided.

While his numbers are over a longer time period, Glenn Beck has a useful breakdown of coverage here.

See the newest Pew Poll on media bias here.

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Blogger Andrew C said...

John, the news aggregation on Google News can be hit and miss depending when the last indexing was performed. If something has been indexed by Google it'll show up in the normal web search.

Try "site:nytimes.com acorn" to search just the NY Times pages indexed by Google. The "Census Bureau Drops Acorn From 2010 Effort" article from the 12th shows up.

9/14/2009 2:04 PM  
Blogger Harry Schell said...

ACORN is just one more disgrace surrounding Obama, and NYT will do their best to keep their messiah clean.

How ironic the story following this one on your website is how the credibility of NYT and similar sources of "information" have cratered among readers.

I take the LA Times to understand better what the opposition thinks and to see how they shade, if not fabricate, "facts".

The tax revolt in CA was an ideal opportunity for LAT to take a lead in straightening out the mess that has become CA. They took the other path, as a promoter of ever more government, and continue with that goal. Might as well name it Pravda Light.

9/14/2009 8:54 PM  

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