Breitbart Blasts MSM on ACORN Coverage; Reveals Defense Fund Initiative

If you haven't been under a rock the last few weeks, or relying on the mainstream media as your sole source of news, you are likely aware of some of the questionable circumstances surrounding the organization Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

A pair of intrepid investigative reporters, James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, with the help of Andrew Breitbart, made it possible for the public to be aware of these practices by ACORN. However, the embattled organization, in a retaliatory maneuver, has filed a suit against O'Keefe, Giles and Breitbart. Breitbart appeared on Fox News Channel's Sept. 24 "The O'Reilly Factor" and responded to the suit.

"So, all I can see is that this lawsuit is an attempt to stifle free speech and the First Amendment and an attempt to make sure that the American people don't see the rest of the tapes and there are more tapes," Breitbart said.

According to Breitbart, there is an initiative underway at his Web site, BigGovernment.com, to form a legal defense fund, which includes a link where contributions can be made.

"We're working on that right now," Breitbart said. "And I want everybody to know that we will be advertising Hannah and James' legal defense fund at BigGovernment.com. The amount of, the response in e-mail form are overwhelming. But the lawsuit, apparently was filed yesterday and Hannah and James have to lawyer up. I have to lawyer up. It's happened very quickly. We still have a report to issue to the world because what is found on these tapes is the story, not what the media is trying -- the mainstream media is trying to do and trying to make it about Hannah, James, and me."

Breitbart also called out ACORN for appointing John Podesta, the president of the Center for American Progress to head an internal investigation into the organization, while at the same time Podesta's organization's Web site is making personal attacks against Giles and O'Keefe.

"I want to talk about the fact that John Podesta, who has been put in charge of the internal investigation of ACORN, his site, [Center for American] Progress is out there attacking Hannah and James," Breitbart said. "They are making it about us. And so this guy who is supposed to be looking into ACORN is looking into us. The American people should be outraged by that."