Did The Washtimes Just Fabricate Its Latest ACORN Attack? Yep

Eric Boehlert

by Eric Boehlert

Because as the story reads right now, the Washington Times, in its headline and article, reports that ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis, during an address at the National Press Club on Tuesday, claimed ACORN critics are "racist."

Slight problem: The WashTimes fails to include any quotes, any evidence, any anything, to support the "racist" angle; a specific word the daily uses three different times. Instead, it appears that the WashTimes’ Joseph Curl just invented the explosive charge of racism.

The piece is relatively brief, so I’ll paste it in full below. [Emphasis added.] If I’m missing the section where Lewis claimed ACORN critics are "racist," please point it out. But if I’m right, and the WashTimes simply concocted the allegation, which of course has caught fire in the right-wing fever swamps, than the paper needs to clean this mess up immediately, complete with a correction.


ACORN’s Lewis suggests opponents are racist

Full article:

ACORN’s Bertha Lewis charged Tuesday that accusations about the embattled community organizing group are racist, alleging that a coordinated political effort started by former Bush adviser Karl Rove sought to stop the group from registering minority voters.

"For many years, there’ve been folks who’ve disagreed with our ideology or methodology that [have] gone after us," Mrs. Lewis, ACORN’s chief executive officer, said in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington.

"I mean we, [going back] to 2004, we now see through e-mails from Karl Rove from the previous administration that ACORN itself was targeted, targeted to go after us so that we would stop doing voter registration because it was said that we were moving too many minorities to vote, changing the power dynamics on the local election and that we needed to be stopped."

She also labeled as racist the infamous videos that show ACORN workers advising a man and young woman posing as pimp and prostitute how to circumvent the law. "These new filmmakers, [James] O’Keefe himself, told The Washington Post, ‘They’re registering too many minorities; they usually vote Democratic; somebody’s got to stop them,’" Mrs. Lewis said.

But Mrs. Lewis did not mention that The Post was forced to issue a later correction on the story, saying the quote attributed to Mr. O’Keefe was inaccurate.

Source: Media Matters for America