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Get Used to ACORN-Buster Hannah Giles on Fox – This Time on Red Eye

Reported by Julie - September 13, 2009 -

I had a really disturbing experience last night – I had my first encounter with Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld hosting Red Eye. Broadcast on Saturday (9/12/09), Gutfeld and panel had a rip-roaring, knee-slapping good time with Hannah Giles, the young conservative supersleuth who, while out for a little jog, saw “an ACORN”, thought, “I’ve never seen them before, I don’t like them,” and, lo and behold, hatched this entire scheme to infiltrate ACORN offices by posing as a prostitute (with the help of conservative activist James O’Keefe), and enticing workers at ACORN to give her allegedly illegal tax advice. Must have been one hell of a jog. As Giles said, “Girls think about a lot of things when they go jogging, and this just kind of popped into my head that day.” Boy, this gal is deep, deep . . . in fact, so deep you need to roll up your pants legs. With video.

Gutfeld and the panel spent much of the time debating what a hooker looks like, showing skepticism that hookers are ever young, attractive women.

Guffawing the whole way, Gutfeld said, “I’ve never seen a hooker who looks like you. I mean, hookers aren’t healthy, young, 20-year-old girls.” Huh?

Giles said modestly, “We went for that whole Pretty Woman thing . . . it worked.”

“Fair and balanced” Gutfeld applauded Giles for being a catalyst in potentially taking down ACORN, gave her props for making big news, and asked her if she had expected any of this.

“I did not expect this to happen at all,” Giles said. “. . . In no way did I expect them to say, listen, you’re not gonna call it the ‘lady of the night thing’ . . . you’re gonna write off your condoms and this is how you’re gonna smuggle in, you know, underage girls and use them for a sex business.”

“That’s the surprising part,” sensitive-to-the-core Gutfeld said, “Allowing underage women into the country to be prostitutes, that kind of won my heart, the entrepreneurial spirit that I think America has lost sight of . . . it’s gonna get funnier and funnier.” Call me crazy, but making insensitive jokes about underage hookers seems pretty much on the same par with what ACORN allegedly did.

When asked if all the ACORN offices they visited fell for the scam, Giles evasively replied, “Baltimore didn’t throw us out, D.C. didn’t throw us out . . . .”

Gutfeld aided and abetted Giles’ future scam plans, reassuring her that he understood she couldn’t talk about where she planned to go next.

Deadpan, Giles said, “They’re probably really scared right now.” Right, like the whole incognito thing is workable now. If she really felt a moral imperative to bust out ACORN offices nationwide, she would have kept her mug off Fox News and continued her run on ACORN on the down low and without the media spotlight. Guess at the end of the day, for conservatives the lure of 15 minutes of fame on Fox News is worth the price of blowing the agenda.

Giles admitted to having one hidden camera, and said she wasn’t worried that they would find it. She claimed that only after O’Keefe told the ACORN worker she was a prostitute did they take the time to talk to them, even though they weren’t supposed to because “it’s against protocol.” (Hidden camera in one pocket, ACORN policy handbook in another?)

Gutfeld told Giles that ACORN said the videos were slanted to misinform the public, to which Giles replied that the full transcript was available on biggovernment.com, “I think.”

You’d better believe it – 17 stories on the front page.

Although CNN reported that the videotapes had been edited, Giles claims that there’s raw, uncut footage, but, “. . . If you were to watch the whole thing . . . you would get tired, but it’s all equally incriminating and . . . people should go to jail and it really annoys me that they’re about to get $8.5 billion dollars of stimulus funds.”

Wow, that hoary old chestnut again, this time from a fresh-faced, young right-wing talking point instead of the old, Republican pasty-faced talking points. However, according to Foxnews.com, “ACORN Housing Corporation received $1.6 million to provide housing services to low-income communities in this fiscal year, ending Sept. 30, according to USASpending.gov, a federal government Web site for tracking government grants.” Ending September 30th – which means that it was September 30, 2008, when the money was granted . . . and not by President Obama.

Okay, let’s revisit this tired old boogey-man-in-the-bushes scare tactic and lie by Republicans. According to factcheck.org -- even using the Republicans’ scare-version of $5.2 billion, not the pulled-out-of-thin-air $8.5 billion -- Giles’ allegation is a lie: “The bill does include funds for which ACORN would be eligible to compete - against hundreds of other groups. But most is for a housing rehabilitation program ACORN says it never applied for in the past and won’t in the future . . . Let’s start with the (very few) claims that critics get right. The House version of the stimulus bill does indeed include about $1 billion in funding for the Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) program and another $4.2 billion ($2.2 billion in the Senate’s version) in funding for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). Neither program is new: CDBG has been around since President Ford (a Republican) signed it into law in 1974, while the NSP was authorized in 2008 as part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act signed into law by President Bush.” Not only is this “8.5 billion dollars of stimulus funds” not true, most of the stimulus money ACORN received was under Republican presidents Ford and Bush. Oops.

And, according to Foxnews.com, “The Department of Housing and Urban Development Grants has given $8.2 million to ACORN in the years between 2003 and 2006, as well as $1.6 million to ACORN affiliates.” 2003-2006 . . . $8.2 million to ACORN . . . that was their guy.

Not only did Gutfeld not debunk a fully-debunked “8 billion stimulus money ACORN lottery,” Gutfeld instead commended Giles, saying, “It may not happen thanks to you and your cohort’s efforts.”

When Gutfeld asked what was next for Giles, she replied, “I think I’m gonna go get some sushi after this.” Remember, I told you she was deep.

Interjecting, Fox News contributor and panelist Bill Schulz asked, “Hannah, are you single?”

“Of course,” she giggled.

“When are you next in New York?” he leered.

“Huh?” she replied.

“ . . . I know some great sushi places, very mercury free. Think about it,” Schulz said.

Gutfeld turned to his panel, beginning with LA actor/comedian Allen Covert, who said, “I think that this is really part of Obama’s plan to really encourage business, people to work out of their homes.”

Panelist Ann Coulter stated, “I don’t think they would have responded that way if you wanted to, you know, sell pro-life t-shirts.”

The panel bantered a bit about whether Giles looked enough like a hooker to fool ACORN, with Coulter saying, “The most implausible looking . . . most beautiful skin on that girl, so fresh faced.” The most amazing thing, in life: Fresh-faced women can be hookers, and they can lie, too. (But, as an aside, the Foxettes should really be careful about the whole labeling women thing, considering that, according to mediabistro.com, the “Christian 'media watchdog group' The Resistance is all worked up over the ultra-femme anchors of Fox News. The group's leader, Mark Dice, rants in an e-mail, ‘I see shorter skirts on the women of Fox News than I do on the prostitutes being arrested on cop shows.’”) He’s got a point.

Schulz threw in, “There is not an ounce of hepatitis on her and yet they still believed her, Greg . . . .” Hey, don’t they watch movies? Pretty Woman didn’t have hepatitis.

“For that alone should ACORN go down, for not noticing that she’s not a real hooker,” laughed Gutfeld.

Conservative S.E. Cupp lamented, “That’s really bad . . . how embarrassing for the mainstream media that this 20-year-old college student, rookie journalist, can go in and get this story . . . go Hannah!” Jeez, are we gonna have two new bumper stickers from the right, now, “You Lie” and “Go Hannah?”

Schulz posited, “. . . What about the pimp, how many pimps do you know wear Izod shirts with the collar up, Greg?” Hmm, right – I think they all wear Marc Jacobs, these days. Or maybe just fur coats.

Gutfeld asked Covert, “Hey, Alan . . . is ACORN going to survive this? . . . They’re firing two people a day . . . somebody should be firing the people doing the firing.”

Coulter sneered, “I wouldn’t worry about them because I hear Obama’s looking for a new White House Green Jobs czar . . . .”

The motive behind Miss Hannah’s sting would, presumably, be the serious moral issues of tax fraud and underage prostitution. But the way she and this panel giggled and guffawed, it’s more like she was at a try-out for a sit-com.