Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Raleigh N&O is OK with ACORN fraud

P. J. Gladnick at Newsbusters.org today - - -

It seems like the editorial departments of liberal newspapers across America are going out of their way to assure us that ACORN, which has been been submitting massive numbers of fraudulent "voter" registrations, is really doing nothing much to complain about. And if you do complain, you should shut up as the Los Angeles Times told John McCain or you are just playing politics as the Raleigh News & Observer asserted today in an editorial (emphasis mine)

:The Associated Press reports that the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now is under investigation by the FBI for possible involvement in voter registration fraud. That follows Republican complaints that the group, which has signed up over a million new voters nationwide, including 27,000 in North Carolina, is abetting fraud by submitting false registration forms to election officials. Last week John McCain made the startling charge that ACORN may be "on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history."

Gladnick made a great catch.

His post ends with that last line in his bold from the editorial.

Reading on in the editorial you see the N&O pay a passing nod to honest voting and then get to the read purpose of its editorial which is to play the race card to justify vote fraud.

The N&O says:
ACORN, for its part, asserts that no illegal vote has ever been tied to it -- and it submitted nearly 2 million registrations in 2004 and 2006. So is this an election issue or a political issue?

Now, don't get us wrong. Voter fraud is a serious offense, destructive of democracy. It must be thwarted at every turn -- while keeping the registration and voting process as hassle-free as possible. ACORN's methods, which involve paying people to sign up new voters, do indeed bear seeds of trouble. …

One result is that there have been instances this year, in Connecticut, Indiana and Texas, in which a significant percentages of the registration forms turned in by ACORN appear faulty -- that is, faked. Another is that in recent election years a small number of the group's part-time workers or employees have been indicted, and some found guilty, of offenses linked to registration shenanigans. They get no sympathy here.
So the N&O editors claim to take vote fraud seriously, but ACORN’s actions are really no big deal. “Vote suppression” is what upsets the N&O as it goes on to say:
It's equally the case, however, that in recent years we've seen apparent efforts to deter presumably Democratic-leaning citizens from voting. These include misleading phone calls, excessive purging of voter rolls in advance of elections and efforts to snarl polling places by putting newly registered voters through the wringer. …
At the N&O “putting newly registered voters through the wringer” means asking for valid photo ID, the very mention of which upsets the N&O as it does Jimmy Carter, Al Sharpton and Chicago’s Mayor Daley.

The entire N&O editorial's here.

Hat tip: Archer 05


Anonymous said...

John, There is a lot of Internet chatter about Obama going to Hawaii to visit his ailing Grandmother.

However, there is another story that says the questions about his birth certificate have reached critical mass. Quote, “Don’t be surprised when he comes back with the REAL COPY of his birth certificate!”

No one wants to question the health of his grandmother, but the Obama campaign will not admit he has place of birth problems, and time will tell if he comes back with a 'Ratherized' version.

One more good comment: “Do you remember that the NYT fired the first 'McCain not born in the USA' salvo, where are they now on the Obama questions? Why wasn’t this cleared up from the get-go?”