Monday, September 14, 2009

All the news that fits our agenda

Here's another case of media bias through omission.

In the wake of ACORN being caught on film helping to obtain federally funded housing for a prostitution ring, and giving advice to that enterprise on how to hide their illegal activities, the US Census Bureau has severed its ties to ACORN.

Apparently there are several documented instances of ACORN doing this, but in reporting the story, the New York Times doesn't even mention any of this. The Times, instead, attributes the Census Bureau's break with ACORN to Republican accusations of voter fraud last year, and makes a point of reporting ACORNs characterization of the fraud as "only a handful of employees [who] submitted false forms and did so in a bid to increase their pay."

That's the ticket. Ignore the scandalous breaking story and divert attention to something that happened a year ago. Then downplay even that story.

Everybody move along. Nothing to see here.

As John Stossel might say, "Give me a break!"

[Via Jonah Goldberg]

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