Kathy Shaidle

Media Matters begging letter attacks Hannity and Beck, defends ACORN

Posted on September 27 2009 10:20 am
Kathy Shaidle blogs at FiveFeetOfFury, now entering its 11th year online. Her latest book is Acoustic Ladylandkathy shaidle, which Mark Steyn calls "a must-read."
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They say you know you’re over the target when you’re drawing flak.

Last week, the George Soros-funded, self-styled media watchdog group Media Matters for America sent out an urgent fund raising email, which read in part:

The conservative media has a hit list, and, as you know, ACORN is its most recent target. Right-wing talkers like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity aren’t going to give up on their own. That’s why we have to fight them at every turn, exposing the profound hypocrisy and total lack of journalistic standards that define their so-called reporting. We need your support to keep up the fight (…)

In a new study released yesterday, Media Matters for America methodically exposes how both Beck and Hannity have spent years obsessively attacking ACORN under the guise of exposing corruption at an organization that receives government funding.

The email contrasts the amount of coverage Hannity and Beck have devoted to ACORN maleficience to the number of reports they’ve done about favored leftwing whipping boys Blackwater, Halliburton, and Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR).

Media Matters calls this imbalance of coverage “hypocrisy” (the only “sin” many leftists acknowledge) three times in this message, before asking for donations to fight it:

Please consider making a donation to our efforts today, and we will put every cent of your contribution toward fighting the rampant conservative misinformation in the media.

We cannot let these extreme conservative media figures get away with this kind of hypocrisy. Please help us continue to fight back against agenda-driven “journalism” bent on propagating misinformation from the conservative echo chamber to the mainstream media.

(Has anyone else ever noticed that presumptuous leftists have so internalized collectivism, and are so hostile to the notion of private property,  that they’re always “outraged” when somebody else’s media organ doesn’t deign to report something they consider important? The notion that Hannity’s or Beck’s programs are “publicly traded” idea factories or open source media “utilities,” obliged to present everyone’s point of view, is one leftists can’t seem to shake. Case in point: the radical Muslims who took Canada’s largest magazine to court for refusing to run an article they’d written. Yes, that actually happened.)

What stands out most in the Media Matters fundraising email is its tone of flop-sweat desperation.

Code Pink and the leftist blogs spent years trying to get ordinary citizens to care about those supposedly sinister boogeymen Halliburton and Blackwater, without success. Then along comes Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity, not to mention a pair of intrepid guerrila filmmakers, and within a few weeks, the whole country’s talking about ACORN. (When the name of a once-obscure “social justice” coalition becomes a Jay Leno punchline, you know the issue has filtered down to the masses.)

But speaking of “hypocrisy,” isn’t it telling that Media Matters insists again and again that ACORN is a benevolent organization that should be immune from scrutiny?

Apparently, the “feminists” at Media Matters missed the parts in the undercover video where ACORN employees matter of factly approved of, and offered to subsidize, the child sex-trade.

Are female employees at Media Matters (assuming they have any) merely, well, hypocrites? Or are they (to use another beloved leftist smear) “sell outs”? I guess if you agree with those videotaped ACORN employees that there’s nothing wrong with prostitution… aw, skip it.

What has Media Matters worried isn’t that a dearth of tedious stories about Halliburton has somehow damaged the body politic. We all know what’s really got them worried: the tangled ACORN web is being publicly unraveled, exposing to derision (and possible legal action) the entire leftist coalition of guilty white millionaires, radical “social activists” and other busybodies, and most of all, the unions.

One union in particular: When they aren’t beating up black men at townhalls, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) staffers are busily filtering your tax dollars, through ACORN, to various political causes.

As Kathleen Parker explains today in the Washington Post:

You also don’t talk about either organization without mention of Wade Rathke, co-founder of ACORN and founder of SEIU Local 100 in New Orleans. Rathke, who resigned from ACORN last year as “chief organizer” after it became known that his brother embezzled almost $1 million from the association, continues to run Local 100, as well as ACORN International, recently renamed Community Organizations International.


ACORN under Rathke created SEIU Local 100 (Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas) and SEIU Local 880 (Illinois, Indiana and Kansas). In turn, the SEIU wrote checks to ACORN for political activities and union organizing, according to ACORN whistle-blower affidavits. In 2008, the SEIU and Change to Win, a coalition of labor unions, gave ACORN $1,729,462, according to union financial reports filed with the Labor Department.

Parker adds that this “coziness has been long known among conservative watchdog groups, but Washington has paid little attention until now.”

“Conservative watchdog groups” like our very own Discover the Networks. We didn’t merit a mention in that Media Matters fundraising pitch, but who knows: maybe we’ll make it into the next one.

Come to think of it, maybe the next begging letter will compare the amount of mainstream media coverage that that union-thug beating of Kenneth Gladney received with that devoted to, say, the notorious murder of another African-American man, James Byrd. Just a thought.

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