You would think videos exposing representatives of the controversial organization ACORN giving advice on how a couple can get a loan to set up a brothel would be BIG NEWS.
Such would seem especially the case if the proposed house of ill repute would be employing minors illegally smuggled across the border from Central America.
Yet, when Andrew Breitbart's new website Big Government published such videos Thursday morning, media normally fascinated with sex stories almost completely ignored it.
The boycott continued even after several ACORNers were fired as a result (sting videos embedded below the fold):
- ABC, CBS, NBC, and MSNBC have not aired one television report concerning this matter
- The New York Times has not published one article concerning this matter
- USA Today has not published one article concerning this matter
- The Boston Globe has not published one article concerning this matter
- The Los Angeles Times has not published one article concerning this matter
- The Chicago Tribune has not published one article concerning this matter
Bucking the boycott trend were the Washington Post, the Associated Press, CNN, and Fox News. ABC's Jake Tapper also wrote about this at his Political Punch blog (h/t Paul Chesser).
Not surprisingly, one of the people to report this on Thursday was Fox News's Glenn Beck who opened his program that day:
BECK: Tonight -- these are the things that you have to ask yourself. I have other things going on in the chalkboard. But you have to ask yourself these three questions -- one, how does the media sleep at night? When you see the story that broke this morning, and can you tell me how many hits has this story received on CNN, MSNBC or any other network?
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Zero.
BECK: Zero. Zero. How do you sleep at night, media?
How do they sleep, indeed.
Later in the program, Beck marvelously said the following:
You know, our Founding Fathers never intended on the media doing all of the work. They intended on us doing all of the work. And I just -- I mean, I -- the America I thought we had -- I mean, I always thought the media was by biased one way or another. But this isn't biased. This is complicit. This is criminal.
This is criminal what the media is doing right now. And all of you in the media, every single one of you, you should be ashamed of yourself -- ashamed.
When people are risking their life -- you are going to meet somebody who is risking their life to do this.
And you just -- what, you're driving home in your Mercedes, you're driving home in your big car, you got your nice office looking at Central Park, hey, have a good time, don't worry about it. Hey, as long as we sell more windmills, huh? What the hell is wrong with you people?
This story broke early this morning. FOX News has been on it all day. The other networks, the other journalists -- zero. In fact, I have the only ones that are on it, the "National Review Online," "The Wall Street Journal," WBAL Radio, and FOX. Whoa! It's not like there's a big -- it's not like your tax dollars are going to fund ACORN. No, why cover that?
After all, in the summer and fall of 2006, America's media on a daily basis harped on the word "macaca" as well as electronic messages sent to male pages by a little known Florida Congressman.
Now, three years later, an organization with close ties to the President of the United States had to fire several of its representatives for giving business advice to a couple looking to import under-aged girls to be used as prostitutes, and these same news outlets couldn't care less!
How DO YOU sleep at night, MEDIA?
Readers are advised that transcripts from Friday evening broadcasts might not be available yet and therefore might not have surfaced in a LexisNexis search.