Panel Says ACORN A-OK. Also, Panel of Foxes Exonerate Fox from Charges of Henhouse-Raiding.

| December 7, 2009 | 2 Replies

I’m so glad that’s settled.

An internal investigation of the community-organizing group ACORN found no pattern of intentional, illegal conduct by ACORN staffers on undercover videos shot by conservative critics of the group.

In a 47-page assessment that former Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger was commissioned by the organization to do, he criticized ACORN’s management as not moving fast enough to institute reforms after an alleged eight-year coverup by ACORN founder Wade Rathke of an embezzlement by his brother.

So, all those videos where ACORN staffers engaged in illegal conduct? Not a pattern. Oh, it might have looked like a pattern to you, but that’s because you’re not a former Massachusetts Attorney. And you definitely shouldn’t notice too much that Mr. Harshbarger has a couple ACORN ties himself. And try not to take too close a look at the assorted corruption experts who filled Mr. Harshbarger’s Investigative Wonder Team either.

You should also not trouble your head over how comprehensive Mr. Harshbarger’s investigation could have been when his panel apparently didn’t talk to any former ACORN workers nor any of the group’s critics. I’m pretty sure Matthew Vadum would have made his work freely available if Harshbarger had asked.

Michelle Malkin has more on the report, including a few other things Harshbarger’s All-Star Wonder Investigators missed in its rush to rubber-stamp ACORN’s clean bill of health.

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