Andrew Breitbart launched his new site today, BigGovernment, with an undercover invesigation of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now). Officials with the controversial community organizing group were videotaped telling two journalists—who were passing themselves off as a pimp and a prostitute—how to commit welfare fraud, evade federal taxes, and cover up a conspiracy to traffic in underage prostitutes.
This is the story that Glenn Beck has been teasing, saying that people will be going to jail once the story breaks. And at National Review Online, Andy McCarthy says this is going to be a “huge story.” Really? I have two words for anyone who thinks this is going to be a significant story: Lila Rose.
Rose is the incredible young activist who launched several successful undercover investigations that exposed the racism and statutory rape cover-up by Planned Parenthood. She has caught dozens of employees at abortion clinics openly telling her that they will remain silent, despite a requirement for them to report such cases of rape. The result? A few employees were fired and . . . well, that’s about it.
Rose received some media attention—mostly on conservative outlets—and her picture is now posted in Planned Parenthood clinics across the country. But no abortion clinics were closed because of her investigation. In fact, Planned Parenthood still receives federal funding despite their conspiracy to cover-up crimes against children. (Another group, Yes on 73, has recorded over ninety instances of PP employees saying they will help cover-up such crimes.)
That’s why I’m skeptical that any significant action will be taken against ACORN. A few low-level officials will be sacrificed for PR purposes, but the main leaders and functions of the organization will not be affected. Indeed, I’ll be pleasantly surprised if this is still a story being talked about next week. While the he American media—and the the American public in general—loves a good scandal, conspiring to commit crimes against children just isn’t sexy enough to be given much attention.