The ACORN story was, for several days, not even covered by the MSM. We all know about Charlie Gibson's infamous answer to Don Wade and Roma when they asked him about the story. Gibson sheepishly admitted he hadn't even heard about the videotapes. Then, when the fringe media did begin to cover it, they tried to turn the story into the two reporters, James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles.
But it took amateur actors, posing as a prostitute and a pimp and recorded on hidden cameras in visits to Acorn offices, to send government officials scrambling in recent days to sever ties with the organization.
Conservative advocates and broadcasters were gleeful about the success of the tactics in exposing Acorn workers, who appeared to blithely encourage prostitution and tax evasion. It was, in effect, the latest scalp claimed by those on the right who have made no secret of their hope to weaken the Obama administration by attacking allies and appointees they view as leftist.
The Acorn controversy came a week after the resignation of Van Jones, a White House environmental official attacked by conservatives, led by Glenn Beck of Fox News Channel, for once signing a petition suggesting that Bush administration officials might have deliberately permitted the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Even before Mr. Jones stepped down, Mr. Beck had sent a message to supporters on Twitter urging them to “find everything you can” on three other Obama appointees.
Then, an MSNBC anchor referred to O'Keefe as a right winger. Of course, the story isn't the two journalists. Instead, it's the behavior of the ACORN employees and the management that allowed them to behave this way.
The fringe media similarly ignored the Van Jones story. Here's the now infamous video of Chuck Todd wondering if covering Van Jones is the best use of the media's time.
Finally, there's the media's fascination, or better yet condescension, with Glenn Beck. Ever since Beck exploded with Fox, the rest of the media doesn't know what to do with him.
Glenn Beck: the pudgy, buzz-cut, weeping phenomenon of radio, TV and books. Our hot summer of political combat is turning toward an autumn of showdowns over some of the biggest public-policy initiatives in decades. The creamy notions of
postpartisan cooperation — poured abundantly over Obama's presidential campaign a year ago — have curdled into suspicion and feelings of helplessness. Trust is a toxic asset, sitting valueless on the national books. Good faith is trading at pennies on the dollar. The old American mind-set that Richard Hofstadter famously called "the paranoid style" — the sense that Masons or the railroads or the Pope or the guys in black helicopters are in league to destroy the country — is aflame again, fanned from both right and left. Between the liberal fantasies about Brownshirts at town halls and the conservative concoctions of brainwashed children goose-stepping to school, you'd think the Palm in Washington had been replaced with a Munich beer hall.
Unless you cover the media, Beck isn't the story. The fringe media doesn't know what to make of him, and so they simply make fun of him. To the fringe media, he's the media equivalent of a circus clown.
Of course, that's why the mainstream media has turned into a fringe media. They can't seem to figure out what is a story anymore. The only stories that interest them are the ones that are passed back and forth at the cocktail parties they attend together. To them, the only fascination is why the rest of the country is so fascinated with ACORN. The only fascination is why anyone at all is fascinated with Glenn Beck. The only fascination is why anyone would find anything wrong with the president. They don't see the world for what it is, but rather for what they'd like it to be. That's why they are now irrelevant. They are now the fringe media.