Just the latest in a long series of indecencies.
ACORN’s relentless death march continued last week as undercover sting videos surfaced in which the group’s employees counseled reporters posing as a pimp and a prostitute on how to set up a house of ill repute using tax dollars.
The sensational undercover video showed ACORN Housing employees in the group’s Baltimore office trying to help the two journalists set up a brothel. The pair told ACORN employees that underage girls from El Salvador were ready to enter the U.S. and start working as child prostitutes.
The video, first shown on Andrew Breitbart’s new website Big Government, was featured that day on Glenn Beck’s TV program. Hannah Giles, who portrayed the prostitute in the video, told Beck she got involved in the project “to expose ACORN.”
“I saw them as a thug organization that was getting my tax dollars,” said Giles.
But guess who might be facing prosecution for exposing the group best known for its never-ending voter registration fraud scandals? You guessed it — the conservative journalists involved in the undercover reporting of course!
Obama supporter Patricia Jessamy, Maryland State’s Attorney for Baltimore City, released a statement saying the video might violate the state’s anti-wiretapping law that was used against Linda Tripp after she recorded telephone conversations with President Clinton’s Oval Office paramour Monica Lewinsky. The law requires consent to the recording by both parties in a conversation.
Always ready to smear conservatives, left-wing journalist Joe Conason said on the Sept. 10 “Lou Dobbs Tonight” that the filmmaker who portrayed the pimp may not be making himself available to the media because he feared prosecution for unlawful recording, as if the First Amendment’s press protections don’t apply in the state of Maryland.
Fox News contributor, former Judge Andrew Napolitano, said that’s bunk. The Maryland statute does not apply to videotape recordings — only to phone calls or other electronic “communications,” Napolitano said.
Meanwhile, the radical group and crime syndicate that is a longtime ally of President Obama went into damage control overdrive after the videos showed ACORN officials advising the pretend prostitute and her procurer about how to get taxpayer funds, launder money, commit tax fraud, and commit who knows how many other crimes.
When ACORN learned of the video Thursday it fired the workers, called Fox News racist for airing the footage, and threatened a lawsuit.
Stuart Katzenberg, lead organizer for ACORN’s Maryland branch, said that the employees were canned because they “did not meet ACORN’s standards of professionalism.” Sonja Merchant-Jones, head of Baltimore City ACORN, said that the workers were low-level part-time workers unsupervised by senior staff at the time.
Another video showing a similar scenario surfaced the next day. This time it was a slightly different undercover operation in which Washington, D.C. ACORN employees were only too willing to participate in the prostitution scam. ACORN promptly cashiered those employees too, screaming it was a victim of a “smear” campaign.
Marcel Reid, who is officially chairwoman of the D.C. chapter of ACORN, said that Katzenberg took over as lead organizer for Maryland and the District of Columbia after ACORN’s national board expelled her last November for asking uncomfortable questions about the group’s finances.
While Reid is chairwoman in name, she has been barred from the D.C. office since her expulsion from the board. She co-founded a reform group called ACORN 8.
When in charge of D.C. ACORN, Reid said she had no authority over ACORN Housing employees working in the D.C. ACORN office. Employees of ACORN Housing, a nonprofit legally separate from ACORN, share office space in ACORN offices across the country.
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