Big Media vs. Enfranchisement

Anthony DiMaggio finds (ZNet, 10/19/08) “the massive attention surrounding ACORN” as much evidence of “media racism as it is their class prejudice”:

In danger of losing its eight year hold on the Presidency, the Republican Party has become increasingly desperate in its attacks on poor and minority groups, who have registered in increasingly large numbers this election year. The attacks on ACORN must be understood within the context of this enfranchisement of dispossessed groups….

Media discussions of ACORN have predictably followed the talking points issued by Republican Party leaders to Fox News and right-wing radio…. The uniformity of conservative attacks on ACORN has been rather impressive, although hardly intellectual or informative. The editors at the Washington Times lambasted ACORN for being “either co-opted by an outside group bent on committing massive voter fraud to rig this election.”… Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer draws attention to “Barack Obama’s long-standing relationship with the left-wing vote-fraud specialist ACORN.”… Radio personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Prager and Michael Medved and Fox News commentators such as Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity have relentlessly emphasized the ACORN issue in their programs.

Aside from the fact that “there’s only one problem with this narrative–none of it’s true,” DiMaggio is impressed that “the right-wing foot soldiers in the media, who couldn’t have cared less what ACORN was doing months ago let alone describe what the acronym stood for, have now become independent experts on the organization’s negligence and duplicity in destroying democracy.”

Listen to FAIR’s latest radio show CounterSpin: Lori Minnite on ACORN and Vote Fraud (10/17/08)