Taking Acorn at Its Word

The New York Times has a predictable editorial in this morning's edition. According to NYT, Acorn is nothing but the voter registration branch of the Salvation Army. And John McCain is doing his damndest to keep poor people from voting:

In recent weeks, the McCain campaign has accused the group of perpetrating voter fraud by intentionally submitting invalid registration forms, including some with fictional names like Mickey Mouse and others for voters who are already registered.

Based on the information that has come to light so far, the charges appear to be wildly overblown -- and intended to hobble Acorn's efforts.

How do the editorial writers at the NYT know the charges are "wildly overblown?" Because Acorn officials told them:

The group concedes that some of its hired canvassers have turned in tainted forms, although they say the ones with phony names constitute no more than 1 percent of the total turned in. The group also says it reviews all of the registration forms that come in. Before delivering the forms to elections offices, its supervisors flag any that appear to have problems.

According to Acorn, most of the forms that are now causing controversy are ones that it flagged and that unsympathetic election officials then publicized.

So rather than, say, send a reporter to check out the charges against Acorn, the NYT just gives Acorn a call:

NYT: "Is Acorn doing anything illegal?"

Acorn: "No."

NYT: "Can we quote you on that?"

Acorn: "Sure."

See. Saves time and money.

And all of this talk about Democrat voter fraud? Doesn't exist. Never has. Never will:

But for all of the McCain campaign's manufactured fury about vote theft (and similar claims from the Republican Party over the years) there is virtually no evidence - anywhere in the country, going back many elections - of people showing up at the polls and voting when they are not entitled to.

Apparently, the editors of the NYT have never heard of google. Want to see some voter fraud by the Democrats? Click here. And here. And here. And here. And here. My hands are getting tired. Just click here to google it for yourself.

Hat tip: Otis Glazebrook

Larrey Anderson is a philosopher, writer, and a deputy editor for American Thinker.
The New York Times has a predictable editorial in this morning's edition. According to NYT, Acorn is nothing but the voter registration branch of the Salvation Army. And John McCain is doing his damndest to keep poor people from voting:

In recent weeks, the McCain campaign has accused the group of perpetrating voter fraud by intentionally submitting invalid registration forms, including some with fictional names like Mickey Mouse and others for voters who are already registered.

Based on the information that has come to light so far, the charges appear to be wildly overblown -- and intended to hobble Acorn's efforts.

How do the editorial writers at the NYT know the charges are "wildly overblown?" Because Acorn officials told them:

The group concedes that some of its hired canvassers have turned in tainted forms, although they say the ones with phony names constitute no more than 1 percent of the total turned in. The group also says it reviews all of the registration forms that come in. Before delivering the forms to elections offices, its supervisors flag any that appear to have problems.

According to Acorn, most of the forms that are now causing controversy are ones that it flagged and that unsympathetic election officials then publicized.

So rather than, say, send a reporter to check out the charges against Acorn, the NYT just gives Acorn a call:

NYT: "Is Acorn doing anything illegal?"

Acorn: "No."

NYT: "Can we quote you on that?"

Acorn: "Sure."

See. Saves time and money.

And all of this talk about Democrat voter fraud? Doesn't exist. Never has. Never will:

But for all of the McCain campaign's manufactured fury about vote theft (and similar claims from the Republican Party over the years) there is virtually no evidence - anywhere in the country, going back many elections - of people showing up at the polls and voting when they are not entitled to.

Apparently, the editors of the NYT have never heard of google. Want to see some voter fraud by the Democrats? Click here. And here. And here. And here. And here. My hands are getting tired. Just click here to google it for yourself.

Hat tip: Otis Glazebrook

Larrey Anderson is a philosopher, writer, and a deputy editor for American Thinker.