Yikes, talk about veering off-message from the right-wing ACORN crusade.
Monday's agreed response to the internal investigation released by ACORN, which found no pattern of intentional lawbreaking in the wake of the pimp-and-prostitute ring, was to openly mock it as being absurd. ACORN obsessed Andrew Breirtbart (aka, Capt. Ahab) once again declared that, "ACORN is a corrupt and criminal organization, and anyone with open eyes can see this."
But check out this from Big Government's Michael Volpe [emphasis added]:
ACORN did in fact engage in no criminal wrongdoing by offering advice to a "pimp" and "prostitute" about how to hide assets and their business practices. Simply offering such advice is not illegal.
I'm glad Breitbart's Big Government finally agrees that ACORN broke no laws in the pimp-and-prostitute videos. Now that that's been settled, maybe Breirtbart can remind us what all the right-wing hysteria is about.
UPDATED: Very interesting note from TPM's Josh Marshall:
You may have heard that an independent report found that there was "no pattern of intentional, illegal conduct by ACORN." But what they also found was that not only were the videos substantially edited but that the editing also involved substitute voiceovers of the faux pimp and hooker who made the videos. So it's not really possible to see what the ACORN staffers were responding to.
Question: Why won't Breitbart, in the name of transparency and full disclosure, force his undercover video makers to post all their ACORN film online, unedited? What is Breitbart hiding? And why won't he detail how much of the ACORN tapes were edited and doctored?