Andrew Breitbart's website BigGovernment.com, which pushed the undercover ACORN videos, is continuing its quest “to wake-up America to Obama Administration relationships with ACORN” -- no matter how insignificant those relationships are. Breitbart's latest evidence of “relationships” consist of a White House employee who previously worked for an organization that has had a “partnership” with ACORN and a White House website that redirects to a volunteer database containing opportunities to volunteer with ACORN.
Breitbart pushes “relationships” between ACORN and Obama administration
BigGov: White House aide once worked for WakeupWalmart.com, which has partnered with ACORN. In a September 21 post, Dan Loos wrote:
BigGovernment.com continues to wake-up America to Obama Administration relationships with ACORN and Big Labor. BigGov's latest story highlights Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett's crew member Buffy Wicks who is the former political director of forced union dues financed WakeupWalmart.com (Wakeup).
United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) union bosses have paid ACORN over a half-a-million dollars. While Wicks coordinated UFCW sponsored Wakeup's “political” organizing campaign, UFCW bragged about its coordination with ACORN. UFCW also coordinated numerous voter registrations with ACORN.
After Howard Dean's presidential quest crashed and burned, Wicks became the Political Director for Wakeup, an outfit supported by forced union dues under the direction and control of UFCW bosses. On October 13, 2005, UFCW announced its new partnership with ACORN.
BigGov: White House website connects to a non-White House database, which posted ACORN volunteer opportunities. In a September 18 post, BigGovernment.com's Dana Loesch wrote:
The Obama Administration has placed a large premium on what it calls “national service.” It has launched a website, www.Serve.gov, that is reported to act as a clearing house for Americans eager to “give back” to their communities. Unfortunately, Americans looking for an opportunity to volunteer may get something they weren't expecting.
By typing “ACORN” into the search field entitled “What interests you” at Serve.gov, you're transported to allforgood.org where you can choose from a list of volunteer opportunities, including “healthcare activist.” This particular “volunteer” opportunity is with the Tuscon ACORN office.
Loesch did not note that allforgood.org has all types of volunteer opportunities. For example, typing “pro-life” into the “What interests you” search field of Serve.gov redirects you to allforgood.org, where you can choose from a number of anti-choice volunteer opportunities, including an internship with the Maryland affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee.
Breitbart continues to lead conservative quest to tie Obama to ACORN
Glenn Beck and Fox News have relied on Drudge protégé Breitbart for ACORN attacks. Breitbart's BigGovernment.com first pushed the undercover ACORN videos. Clips from these videos were pushed by Breitbart and have been featured on numerous Fox News programs.
Breitbart has repeatedly attacked progressives. Breitbart, whom Beck has called one of the “great journalists of our time,” has made several incendiary statements about progressives, claiming for instance that Democrats depend “on the ability to keep blacks in fear” ; that Ted Kennedy is a “villain,” a “duplicitous bastard,” and a “prick” ; and that “Democrats would distribute needles, methadone, medical marijuana and biscotti in voter goodie bags if they could get away with it.”
Fox News has repeatedly attempted to tie Obama to ACORN. For example, Beck has devoted entire segments of his television show to tenuous or tangential “connections” between ACORN and the following people and groups: AmeriCorps, AARP, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, PRLDEF, and SEIU. Beck has also fearmongered about ACORN while attacking President Obama and his policies. Additionally, Fox News' Shannon Bream reported of Obama appeals court nominee David Hamilton: “Critics say Hamilton has ties to the liberal activist group ACORN,” without noting that Hamilton's “ties” reportedly consist of “raising contributions door-to-door for the advocacy group ACORN for one month after college” in 1979.
Conservative media figures have frequently used ACORN as a bogeyman. In coverage of major news stories, many conservative media figures have frequently blamed ACORN for national crises and accused ACORN of receiving undeserved benefits from the government. Topics conservatives have used to scapegoat ACORN include: the 2008 financial crisis, voter fraud, the stimulus bill, the recount in the Minnesota Senate race, Obama's nomination of Hamilton, the 2010 Census, and Obama's work on behalf of ACORN in 1995. [Media Matters for America report, 4/7/09]