Yesterday, ACORN spokesman, Scott Levenson said:
“The portrayal is false and defamatory and an attempt at gotcha journalism. This film crew tried to pull this sham at other offices and failed. ACORN wants to see the full video before commenting further.”
“Attempt”? I’d say that was an unqualified success at “gotcha journalism”. But he was right that it was tried at other offices.
It is delicious that O’Keefe and Hannah held this video back and induced Scott Levenson, willing and able to lie about anything at a moment’s notice, to claim they’d tried this at other offices and were met with a more appropriate, lawful, human response.
Care to try again, Scott?
What fraction of ACORN’s employers are “improperly trained” and “a few bad apples” engaging in criminal activity all on their own dime? Apparently, to listen to Levenson’s spin, the fraction is somewhere in the realm of 4/5ths.
On CNN, yesterday, panelists said that the conservative film makers may be guilty of entrapment:
…Joe Conason from Salon went on to say, “it’s propaganda” , not journalism, if the film makers don’t disclose that they went to more than one office and were thrown out at all the others, and filming people without their knowledge is illegal in Maryland, so they could be in trouble.
I think we all have a pretty good idea who Conason believes the real wrongdoers are.
It remains to be seen if the pair were actually kicked out of the other offices they tried this at.