The continuing saga of of FOX's obsession with ACORN
Reported by Chrish - October 8, 2008 -
Much as they were with "drill here, drill now," FOX and Friends is on a daily mission to cast suspicion of the organization ACORN, accusing them of complicity in voter fraud cases, and essentially trying to steal the election for Barack Obama, who they are also trying to link to ACORN via his previous work with Project Vote. This morning 10/08/08 they featured Eric Shaun in Independence MO, where he spoke briefly with a woman identified as an Election official from ... Nevada?
The segment was introduced as a news item about a police raid on ACORN offices in Las Vegas. According to FOX, authorities went in to confiscate records of fraudulent registrations. But unbeknownst to FOX viewers, ACORN had already been cooperating with authorities to combat voter fraud, according to a press release yesterday:
For Immediate Release: October 7, 2008
ACORN Statement from Bertha Lewis, Interim Chief Organizer, on Incident in Las Vegas:
"Over the past year, ACORN has worked hard to help over 80,000 people in Clark County register to vote. As part of our nonpartisan voter registration program, we have review all the applications submitted by our canvassers. When we have identified suspicious applications, we have separated them out and flagged them for election officials. We have zero tolerance for fraudulent registrations. We immediately dismiss employees we suspect of submitting fraudulent registrations.
For the past 10 months, any time ACORN has identified a potentially fraudulent application, we turn that application into election officials separately and offer to provide election officials with the information they would need to pursue an investigation or prosecution of the individual.
Election officials routinely ignored this information and failed to act. In early July, ACORN asked to meet with election officials to express our concerns that they were not acting on information ACORN had presented to them. ACORN met with Clark County elections officials and a representative of the Secretary of State on July 17th. ACORN pleaded with them to take our concerns about fraudulent applications seriously. One week later, elections officials asked us to provide them with a second copy of what we had previously provided to them. ACORN responded by giving election officials copies of 46 "problem application packages," which involved 33 former canvassers.
On September 23, ACORN had received a subpoena dated September 19th requesting information on 15 employees, all of whom had been included in the packages we had previously submitted to election officials. ACORN provided our personnel records on these 15 employees on September 29.
Today's raid by the Secretary of State's Office is a stunt that serves no useful purpose other than discredit our work registering Nevadans and distracting us from the important work ahead of getting every eligible voter to the polls."
Brad Friedman of BradBlog.com, gotta love him, has spelled out the accusations and answers in a Huffington Post article. More information not disclosed to FOX mushrooms was that the ACORN Office Raid may be Linked to U.S. Attorney Firings Scandal.
But while all this invaluable information is available to folks not satisfied with eating up FOX's regurgitation like baby birds, said chickies got disinformation from "FOXNews Voter Fraud Investigative Unit," basically Eric Shawn and a cameraman. You can judge for yourself the value of his reporting, below.
Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill gets it:
"There has been no fraudulent voting...The people who claim this is a huge problem can never produce any instances where anyone voted fraudulently. They have registered fraudulently.
"Anyone who is registering someone who is not a real person should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," McCaskill said, but she did not accept the accusation that the apparently bogus registrations were "clogging" the system.
Note that Steve Doocy alleges that ACORN is itself involved in the voter fraud, not the individuals submitting the fraudulent applications; note too that Gretchen Carlson cites one instance of a woman registering (not voting) multiple times in Missouri as evidence of fraud "all over the place." And last but not least, note that Eric Shawn is waving registrations which are either evidence of a crime or valid, complete with identifying personal information, on national television.
Barack Obama's work in 1992 as Director of Project Vote in Chicago, registering low-income people and minorities to vote, was dragged out as some kind of indictment that he is closely connected with the accusations of today. This whole ACORN assault is a trumped up Republican crusade to cast doubt on election results should Obama win (which polls indicate he will) and to prime the pump for lawsuits challenging That One's win.