Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Glenn Beck Keystone Cops Get Totally Played By ACORN-- And Fox Reports The Silliness As News


Its always clown time at Fox

You'll have to take my word for this but when I was growing up, people who sold pot and hash and acid were heroes of the revolution, or at least some were, especially on college campuses... and especially me. The police didn't think so though. They were always trying to arrest me but they were beyond lame. Once from a dorm cafeteria I watched them smash a breaklight on my car so they could have an excuse to stop me when I drove back from NYC . I was too stoned do anything about it and they stopped me when I was driving home about 8 hours later and I had a pound of hash in a brown paper bag on the front seat. They strip-searched the car-- even took off the tires. But they never looked in the bag. Even funnier was that they would have goofy-looking narcs with fake ZZ Top beards come up to me and ask to buy a nickel bag. I wasn't so stoned that I fell for that one... and besides I didn't sell nickel bags.

But when I read how some Glenn Beck goons tried entrapping an ACORN worker yesterday, I started laughing thinking about those two narcs in the ZZ Top beards and the outlandish caricature of hippie outfits. Actually this sting was even better and the Glenn Beck people got totally played-- and took the whole teabagger version of a blogosphere along for the ride... breathlessly.
The head organizer for California ACORN says a new video that appears to show a staffer at the organization's San Bernardino office is fake journalism.

The video, which was posted shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday on a Web site called Big, shows a female ACORN employee talking to a man who claims to be a pimp interested in establishing a brothel where underage immigrant prostitutes would turn tricks in order to raise money for political activity.

The woman, identified on the video as Tresa Kaelke, appears on posted footage to be interested in cooperating the plan. However, California ACORN head organizer Amy Schur said the video is a gross misrepresentation of what actually happened.

"In this video, there are two actors who come into our office and who were messing with us. And our employee was messing with them," Schur said.

She said that the complete and unedited video needs to be released to the public.

Schur said that in a moment not shown on the edited video, Kaelke asked the undercover "pimp" if he was joking and then proceeded to play along with the joke.

Furthermore, Schur said that Kaelke will sign an affidavit stating that she was not seriously entertaining the idea of cooperating with an apparent attempt to establish a house of prostitution.

"She (Kaelke) asked if they were joking and asked if they were reporters. They said they weren't reporters and they aren't. This is not legitimate news," Schur said.

By the way Tresa's husband, Ron Kaelke is alive and well, near Barstow. Fox didn't check and they're treating this tomfollery as hard news and reporting it as if it were. Here's ACORN's statement:
Today the videographer James O’Keefe’s hidden camera “interview” with San Bernardino ACORN organizer Tresa Kaelke, airing repeatedly on Fox “News,” including the Glenn Beck show, and on, has been caught out in an obvious set of lies and manipulations.
When the actors approached Ms. Kaelke with their provocative costuming and outlandish scenario, she could not take them seriously. So she met their outrageousness with her own personal style of outrageousness. She matched their false scenario with her own false scenarios.
“They were not believable”, said Ms. Kaelke of the two actors. “Somewhat entertaining, but they weren't even good actors. I didn’t know what to make of them. They were clearly playing with me. I decided to shock them as much as they were shocking me. Like Stephan Colbert does -- saying the most outrageous things with a straight face.” While her sense of humor might not be funny to many people, the fact is that she spun false scenario after false scenario and the videographer ate them up.
For example, in response to the set-up by the filmmakers in which they say they are trying get the young woman away from her abusive pimp, she responds that she was abused by her former husband as well (true) and that she shot and killed him (false). He is very much alive and living near Barstow, CA.
However, this is taken as the gospel truth, not just in the film itself, but also by several “news” personalities, indicating that no journalistic standards were applied to making the video or vetting it for broadcast.
Further, as the actors repeatedly noted how nice she was being, Ms Kaelke responded, also repeatedly, that her "niceness" was just her, not ACORN. “My supervisor would shoot this down like faster than a bat out of hell."
When the actors talked about bringing 12-13 year olds in from another country, supposedly because they needed a lot of money fast for a political campaign, Ms. Kaelke said, "You are going to need it for a lawyer!"
These exchanges, which do not appear in the edited film put on, call into question the journalistic standards of the film and of any purported news organization that chooses to run them.
Ms. Kaelke, who did not know she was being filmed, is appalled that her defensive attempts to deal with a troubling experience have been manipulated into an attack on her work helping low- and moderate-income families fight the foreclosure crisis, work for needed health care reform, and face the economic crisis in San Bernardino.

Beck admits he's not a lawyer and he's not a jury; he's also not a journalist. And Fox isn't a legitimate news organization. Fox, a right-wing advocacy group, has been caught in another smear-- and the latest victim is their own credibility. Take a look:

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At 3:45 PM, Blogger Russ said...

Video Twitter. Hatertainment Tonight is what you could have as a title for %^# N'use.

At 12:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

quote- Ms. Kaelke said, "You are going to need it for a lawyer!"

Ya, that was shown...I saw it in the unedited version. so what? doesn't prove anything. All of those employees are fired for a reason...and that reason isn't because they were "going along with it"
You should really get the whole background on this story.

At 6:25 AM, Anonymous Balakirev said...

"You should really get the whole background on this story."

Let us know when you decide to buy a ticket back to reality, and we'll meet you at the gate. We've got tons of stuff to discuss.

At 6:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about FUNNY - did you see Jon Stewart's take on this?


At 6:12 PM, Blogger C3 said...

ROFLMAFAO!!!!!!!!!! HOLLLYYYYY SHITTTTT Could this be funnier?!?! The minute I saw Glenn Beck Reporting this, I thought to myself... If Fox got this kind of video, time and again... how in the HELL could everyone else miss it??! Further, who in their right mind, working for an organization like this make such wild-eyed statements??! LOLOLOL Working for HUD I know there are certain guidelines that make people want to keep their jobs and stay out of jail. ACORN knows all too well what its like to have investigators randomly question them like this and the fact that these IDIOTS at FOX fell for makes me laugh so hard my chest and head hurt!! That is the truth!!

Gawd this is EPIC!!!



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