ACORN-Gotcha Activist Hannah Giles Admits She Had An Anti-ACORN Agenda Before She Knew Anything About Them
Reported by Ellen - September 15, 2009 -
Hannah Giles may be conservatives’ latest darling for posing as a prostitute in James O’Keefe’s “independent” investigation into ACORN, and she’s certainly pretty to look at, but the right-wing media may want to reconsider allowing her to talk in public. Giles not only appears to be a dim bulb but stunningly ignorant as well. In her appearance on Hannity last night (9/14/09), Giles revealed that she hatched her plan to go after ACORN’s housing division before she knew anything about it. As usual, Fox presented a one-sided look at Giles’ work, never revealing that in her zeal to bring down ACORN, the organization she knew little about, Giles likely committed a crime. Nor was an advocate of ACORN on hand to present their side of the story, which includes a threatened lawsuit against Fox News. With video.
“When asked about the “pattern” of ACORN corruption, Giles offered this “insight” that strongly suggested she hadn’t a clue about the organization beyond her own experience with it. “There’s a pattern and, um,… we knew what we were going into. We’d studied ACORN. We didn’t know about them before we came up with the idea, really. And then we studied them. And we learned what they’re about so the way we approached them was, was what got it.”
“What did you know about… You didn’t know much about ACORN,” Sean Hannity prompted her.
“I didn’t know much about the housing. I knew about the voter fraud,” Giles answered.
I doubt that, Hannah, Hon. Because while some ACORN workers have been accused of VOTER REGISTRATION FRAUD, there has been NO VOTER FRAUD. Surely even you can under stand the difference. On the other hand, if you’re really so concerned about voter fraud, why didn’t you confront Ann Coulter about it when you appeared with her on Red Eye last week? Unlike ACORN workers, Coulter is under investigation for voting fraudulently – for the second time.
Giles continued with another “insight,” this time into the foreclosure crisis. “When I found out that there was an ACORN housing, I was just like, ‘My goodness. This is why we’re in the foreclosure crisis and the mortgage crisis and let’s study.’ There’s obviously bad things going on in these houses.”
My goodness. The Wall Street Journal came up with a vastly different analysis and Business Week published a lengthy article indicating a number of complex factors were involved (neither mentioned ACORN) but Giles apparently thought that an uneducated flash of intuition – one that just happened to dovetail nicely with her political leanings – was all she needed.
Neither Sean Hannity nor guest Andrew Breitbart questioned Giles’ questionable conclusion. In fact, they continued to praise Giles’ journalistic “skills.”
“Where is the investigative journalism?” Hannity asked. “It takes a 20 year-old girl, Hannah here, …to do this… Where’s the media?”
Well, Seanie Poo, maybe the media is busy covering the truly important stories like health care reform, the economy, Afghanistan, Iraq. Maybe even the economy, with real experts.
After B-roll footage of African American ACORN workers looking frenzied, Giles offered some more of her special brand of perspicacity. “I’d like to see (ACORN) completely defunded. Um, I’d like to see all future funds, you know, cut and um, it’s absurd. There’s no way we need to be paying for this kind of activity. It just shows how deeply corrupt they are.”
Actually, it doesn’t. “Fair and balanced” Fox never put the situation into context, i.e. they never offered the percentage of “bad acorns”caught relative to the total number of employees. Breitbart said seven employees had been caught on video. With more than 400,000 member families, ACORN has got to have at least hundreds of employees. “Journalist” Giles also never bothered to reveal how many ACORN offices she went to with her entrapment scheme before she found her victims. In fact, “journalist” Giles evaded the question when asked about that on another show.
Breitbart gushed about Giles and her partner-in-entrapment O’keefe, “I have never been more proud of two people in my entire life.”
“I agree with you,” Hannity said.