As Media Matters columnist Eric Bohlert writes, “the ’70s-era, blacksploitation pimp costume was a propaganda tool used to later deceive the public about the undercover operation.“ If you watched the videos you probably thought he wore that suit inside our offices. He didn’t. He dressed as a professional and presented himself as a boyfriend trying to help his girlfriend escape from an abusive pimp, something also noted in former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger’s December 2009 investigation of ACORN.
So why, then, does America’s newspaper of record, the New York Times, insist in report after report — as recently as March 1st — that he presented himself as a pimp in our offices? Can you send an email to the Times’ Public Editor and tell him to retract the Times’ erroneous reporting about O’Keefe and ACORN?
There are two critical reasons why this matters and my friend Brad Friedman of The Brad Blog lays them out nicely:
Wow. To say that in the face of everything that’s been laid out about how O’Keefe operates – lies, manipulation, even alleged illegal actions – well, that’s just embarrassing.
The New York Times played a significant role in the breathtaking rush to judgment instigated by O’Keefe’s work. As the blogger Digby said about the Times and other mainstream media, “in rushing to judgment they also failed in their journalistic duty to figure out if this story was true.“  The Times perpetuated the idea that his videos represented what ACORN workers do all day. They do not. ACORN organizers spend their days talking with working families and helping them take action on issues like foreclosure prevention, raising the minimum wage, fighting for jobs, and working to hold the banksters accountable for their destruction of the economy.
That work, combined with our tireless efforts engaging working families and families of color in the electoral process, are the real reasons why O’Keefe and his corporate-funded backers in the attack media targeted ACORN.
In fact, Clark Hoyt continues to profess, “I still don’t see that a correction is in order, because that would require conclusive evidence that The Times was wrong, which I haven’t seen.” 
With your help we can set the record straight and put America’s newspaper of record on notice that we expect it to live up to its responsibility to us and to our democratic system and report the truth.
Lots of people have asked me why we don’t just drop the topic of O’Keefe’s video scam and move on. Believe me, no one would like to close the book on this story more than I would.. But the truth is important, and the truth is the lies that O’Keefe peddled and that news outlets that should know better continue to perpetuate, to this day, not only hurt ACORN — they represent standing threat against anyone who empowers poor people and people of color in this country.
With your help we can help strengthen democracy in America and make sure that working families have a strong voice in 2010 and beyond.
In solidarity and strength,
ACORN CEO and Chief Organizer
 Mike Madden, Salon.com, March 1, 2010,
 Eric Bohlert, Media Matters for America, February 17, 2010,
 Report of former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger.
 Andy Newman, The New York Times, March 1, 2010,
 Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, February 23, 2010, http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7715
 Greg Brock, Senior Editor of Standards for the New York Times as reported by Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, February 23, 2010, http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7715
 Digby, Feb 22, 2010, http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2010_02_01_archive.html
and also here:
 Max Blumenthal, Conversation at the Conservative Political Action Convention, February, 2010,
 Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, February 21, 2010, http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7710
 Clark Hoyt, Public Editor of the New York Times as reported by Brad Friedman, The Brad Blog, February 23, 2010, http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7715
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