More Conservative Dirty Tricks

After they destroyed ACORN, conservative activists are continuing their ‘dirty tricks’ operations against progressive organizations.

The New York Times reports on a failed attempt at a political sting on unions in New York. Conservative activist John M. Howting visited the offices of Manhattan Together, saying he wanted to know how to organize a union:

And, oh yes, he had another question: If he formed a union, could his fellow workers join with the employer to shake down politicians for more money?

The organizer he met with, Rhea Byer-Ettinger, suspects that he secretly recorded their conversation.

“It plays with your mind. It really does,” Byer-Ettinger said. “You wonder: Did he tape me? Is he cutting and pasting a tape right now?”

Manhattan Together is an affiliate of the Industrial Areas Foundation, a national organizing group founded by conservative-catnip Saul Alinsky.

ACORN, NPR and Planned Parenthood have all been targeted previously by people like so-called ‘citizen journalist’ James O’Keefe. Tricksters posed as pimps, sex traffickers and Muslim activists and record conversations surreptitiously. Then they release heavily edited videos.

The successful destruction of ACORN has led to, according to a 2009 poll by Public Policy Polling, “52% majority of GOP voters nationally think that ACORN stole the Presidential election for Barack Obama … with only 27% granting that he won it legitimately.”

An Occidental College study of the media coverage of ACORN during the 2008 election suggests why:

· 82.8% of the stories failed to mention that actual voter fraud is very rare

· 80.3% of the stories failed to mention that ACORN was reporting registration irregularities to authorities, as required by law

· 85.1% of the stories about ACORN failed to note that ACORN was acting to stop incidents of registration problems by its (mostly temporary) employees when it became aware of these problems

The Times reports that Howting is an associate of O’Keefe. He was accused by fellow students at Miami University of Ohio of once slathering tanning oil on his face and trying to pass as a Latino liberal activist on campus.

Since the Times story came out, it has been discovered that John M. Howting is apparently a staffer for Republican Congressman Thad McCotter of Michigan. Which begs the question: is this an extra-curricular activity, or part of his duties for the Congressman? As Rep. McCotter was a fan of right-wing dirty trickster Andrew Breitbart, eulogizing him on the House floor for “fighting the good fight with every fiber of his soul,” this seems a fair question.

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Breitbart’s Latest Target: University Professors

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Mary Hale
Mary Hale5 years ago

Martha E. If they can't find any dirt they make it up. Yes I do watch fox news along with the other, but do it only to see what lies they are telling now, then blog it with the truth, don't guess it does any good, but some one might look up the places they can look for it for the proof. Would be very surprised if they look up the links to get the proof. Sometimes I think if the party said to go and do something in the street and slide in it they would as the party can't be wrong. It is sad.

Don Schneider
Don Schneider5 years ago

America, we are so well schooled in violence hatred and anger ! Thank you Fox Gnus , for the condition of our condition !

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

* to be frank, sorry for the misprint

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

To bew frank, I'm not surprised.

Robert K.
Robert K5 years ago

No rational, intelligent and informed person would even consider voting for or even defending any Republican. There is no honest or non corrupt Republican in Washington or any state house. If you back them it's prima facie evidence that you don't investigate what you're told. A study also found that people who watch Fox News are less well informed than those who watch no news at all. Sad little morons all.

Paul canning
Paul canning5 years ago

@Michael M.

The T-shirt is conservative agitpropper Andrew Breitbart AS Che Guevera :]

Kent G.
Kent G5 years ago

Amazing isn't it, that members of the Republican party can be so disgusted with liberal ideas then go to church on Sunday to worship the greatest liberal who ever lived?

Thane King
.5 years ago

If you doubt there is a war on women, look at the people who want to see Acorn dissolved - a group that helps mainly poor women.

Will we see Adam S in another post, denying the attacks on women?

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

I'm so weary of repubs and dirty tricks. And I'm so tired of stupidity. Why don't voters check out news stories? Why are they so hateful? I go through life happy and trying to help my fellow man. They seem always to look for dirt.

Robert Frank
Robert Frank5 years ago

Conservadope and dirty tricks DO belong in the same sentence