More ACORN Videos To Be Revealed
by Alicia M. Cohn
“There are more,” Mike Flynn, Editor-in-chief of new site BigGovernment.com, told HUMAN EVENTS in an exclusive interview this afternoon regarding the number of undercover films exposing ACORN. Flynn would not reveal the location of the ACORN office where the latest video was filmed, but , “It’s a slightly different discussion in this one than you’ve seen so far.” The video should break around 9 p.m. EST.
Flynn said this is not the last one, either. “There are more after that. It is amazing. Stay tuned.”
Last Thursday, Sept. 10, BigGovernment.com launched with an exclusive video showing workers at an ACORN office in Baltimore advising an undercover investigator how to hide his prostitution business under federal tax laws. Once the video started getting attention from TV news, more videos filmed in offices in New York, Washington D.C., and San Bernadino, Calif. were released. Every office where the team filmed exposed a similar response.
Reaction to the videos is ongoing. ACORN has fired four members of its staff. The Census Bureau cut ties with the organization, which means that ACORN will not be involved in the 2010 census. The statement from the Bureau to ACORN stated, “We no longer have confidence that our national partnership agreement is being effectively managed through your offices.” Finally, the Senate voted 83-7 Monday to pass an amendment introduced by Sen. Mike Johanns (R.-Neb.) that would block the Housing and Urban Development department of the Federal from funding ACORN.
Flynn called the reaction to the videos a “tidal wave” that no one could have anticipated. “When James [O’Keefe] came to me after he’d done these tapes, I could not believe it,” he said. “If he had told me ahead of time what he was planning to do, I would have said ‘You’re crazy, you’ll never get anything.’ It’s not even just one random employee, it’s so comprehensive, it’s everywhere he went. What shocks me is when you watch the videos, they don’t even flinch.”
Andrew Breitbart, the man behind BigGovernment.com, has a gift for timing. BigGovernment.com joins his “Breitbart.com” news site and group blog “BigHollywood.com” as a new foray into “alternative” media. The launch was moved up due to the videos, Flynn said, but the new site had been in the works for awhile as a response to the current political landscape. Breitbart has more sites planned for the future. “Big Government was probably fifth or sixth on the list [last year], and then with the change of policy and how the proposals have been put forward, it [was] bumped to number one,” Flynn said. “There are a bunch more planned, but I don’t have any kind of timeline for that. … [What’s next would] depend on how news is developed and what people are talking about.”
The idea behind BigGovernment.com, like most Breitbart sites, is part of a bigger vision: the philosophy that big government is bad for our country. Contributors are expected to post information and insights into political news on a variety of topics. Flynn named health , budget, the stimulus and bailouts as examples. He also promised more investigative journalism. “The central issue behind every issue that’s being discussed … is the size and scope of government,” he said. Big Hollywood launched with a list of four contributors that has expanded daily and will eventually include officials, activists and think tank analysts, according to Flynn. “What we want to do is aggregate [information] together so that the average Joe Public will have a place to go to find out what they need to weigh in as these policies are debated,” he said.
Writing in his first post on the site, Flynn dedicated the site to the who have attended Tea Parties and town halls in order “to tell the government, ‘No!’” Flynn wrote, “[T]o suggest that health care alone is at the root of this backlash is to miss the for the trees.”
In other words, BigGovernment.com aims to cover the whole forest. “There’s a lot more to the Big Government site than just the ACORN videos, and you will see that in the coming months,” Flynn said. It is a beginning. Frustrated Americans protesting in the midst of the forest and looking for more trees to fall can expect sympathetic contributors to keep sawing away at BigGovernment.com.
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60 Minutes where are you? Licking the spit off Obama’s shoes, no doubt.
Sep 16, 2009 @ 03:31 PM
2Anglico, Bradenton, FL
The gift that keeps on giving. You have to admire the moxy of these two in uprooting this corruption. I wonder if they have bodyguards, they may need them after all these ACORN revealations.
Sep 16, 2009 @ 03:44 PM
George, St. Simons Island, Georgia
The corruption of the government. Bring it on Big Government! And all you stupid kool aid drinkers who are to lazy to get out and get a job, your time is a comin! LOL…..I can’t wait – the Messiah you elected will be the death of you! Maybe that’s what it will take to get you up off your bums and actually earn a living and RE-PAY TAXES that you have so eagerly enjoyed off of others for so long.
Sep 16, 2009 @ 03:45 PM
Trace, Plano, TX
This is nothing but a racist witch hunt. All you conservative repuKKKes just can’t stand the fact that a black man is now your boss!!
Sep 16, 2009 @ 03:58 PM
Wallaby, The outback
Wallaby. Nice intelligent discourse there! Keep it up!
Really though, no one should be shocked by this. ACORN is set up to intentionally confound investigation and use taxpayer funds to violate campaign finance laws and promote the Democratic Party and its candidates.
Anyone who says otherwise at this point is a Shill and a Troll.
Let’s hope that this pair keeps pounding the nails in the coffin of ACORN. Now if only someone would expose George Soros in the same manner.
Sep 16, 2009 @ 04:20 PM
Viking, Austin, TX
This is not about race despite what the racebaiters are saying. They use their own racism because thay are losing the argument. This is about corruption, greed and stepping on the freedoms of Americans. Like MLK said, ‘judge by character not skin color’. ALL politicians we hold accountable to their character and ideology…the Dem lib racists need to look in the mirror to see racism. PS. Black conservatives are trashed and called ‘oreos’ and ‘uncle Toms’. Shame on you divisive Dem racists—you divide America–not conservative, patriot Americans. Wake up and shake loose of your shackles the race baiters keep you in!
Sep 16, 2009 @ 04:20 PM