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What is the truth behind those Acorn videos?

In recent days, Hannah Giles and James O'Keefe, the conservative filmmakers who made the widely circulated ACORN videos, as well as Andrew Breitbart and Mike Flynn, who have been promoting the videos for BigGovernment.com, have claimed that the filmmakers were never rebuffed by any of the ACORN offices they visited in their attempts to get ACORN to assist them in improper activities. However, in a newly released video, ACORN Housing Corp.'s Katherine Conway Russell directly rebuts those claims, citing a police report ACORN filed as evidence that she asked the filmmakers to leave the ACORN office in Philadelphia and called the police after the filmmakers asked suspicious questions.

http://mediamatters.org/research/200909170031

and PS, the video was edited whan the woman said IM JUST PLAYING ALONG WITH YOU GUYS, THIS IS A JOKE, RIGHT?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:18 PM on Sep. 20, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (25)
  • What is ACORN?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:22 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • he claimed they did not cooperate. does not mean they kicked him out.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 12:25 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • OK...of course not EVERY office was corrupt...but MANY were. AND IF its true that the ONE lady said "kidding" 1) she was STUPID to play along at all if she thought something might be up 2) that was only ONE out of FIVE videos. And the last one was the WORST with the guy claiming to have contacts in Tijuana that could HELP them smuggle young girls. If even ONE of these videos is true the entire organization needs to be investigated....and I would say that of ANY organization!

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 12:34 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • It is the old time investigative reporting. They did what ABC, CBS, and NBC use to do. Go in with a hidden camera and root around and see what you get. Then you call in the people and prove to them that they are lying. The "conservative film makers" are/were journalism students who went back to the days of old. They suspected (or were told) that these practices happened. They went to several to make sure it wasn't an isolated practice and exposed the organization as unethical or at least using practices that are improper. But, people are mad at those that exposed the ugly truth and not the people who were being dishonest. This is why our country is in trouble. Punish the good and reward the criminals.

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 12:34 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • It is the old time investigative reporting. They did what ABC, CBS, and NBC use to do. Go in with a hidden camera and root around and see what you get


    Then they edited the video and acted as if it were a blow by blow account. The woman clearly states twice, you guys are putting me on right? I'm just playing along because its funny

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:03 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • Law enforcement officials in the Baltimore area wouldn't confirm whether they are investigating the alleged incident at the local ACORN office. However, authorities said that under Maryland law, such undercover video may not be admissible in court as evidence.


     CNN attempted to reach O'Keefe and Giles; O'Keefe was not available for comment and Giles canceled an interview scheduled for Thursday.


    The video footage -- which has been edited and goes to black in some areas -- was recorded and posted online Thursday by James O'Keefe, a conservative activist. He was joined on the video by another conservative, Hannah Giles, who posed as the prostitute in the filmmakers' undercover sting.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:06 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • The police department in San Bernardino, Calif., where conservative activists filmed an ACORN employee confessing to the murder of her ex-husband, has issued a preliminary report saying the woman's claims "do not appear to be factual." The video, in which the now-familiar pair of undercover activists pose as a pimp and prostitute attempting to start a child prostitution ring, shows ACORN staffer Tresa Kaelke telling the camera she shot and killed her ex-husband. Kaelke, who claimed to have experience in prostitution, also offered her services if the investigators needed anyone taken out, saying, "I don't have a problem with that kind of thing

    BECAUSE HE ISNT DEAD
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:07 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • We will always find some way to defend. The film makers handed over the originals. The wording is the same on the recorder and the camera. It is in the hands of an independent 3rd party. I'm sure the experts will examine it. But, if it is "doctored" or "edited", then why did they fire the employees? Why did they admit to wrong doing? Yeah, because it was the truth and they were in damage control mode like crazy.
    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 1:07 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • LMAO...anon...poor Acorn...they are so innocent in this and the mean o college students made them look like idiots. Riiiiiiggghhhhtt. Not once but FIVE times.

    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 1:08 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

  • You just keep supporting them Anon. Even criminals need friends.

    How about the voter registration fraud? ACORN was being investigated in 11 states PRIOR to the release of the videos. The videos are just more proof that ACORN is not entirely legitimate. If these videos were all faked, ACORN would have stood by their employees. Instead, they fired them.

    Brought down by college students. I'm impressed with those two. Isn't America great?!
    mancosmomma

    Answer by mancosmomma at 1:28 PM on Sep. 20, 2009

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