This is just great. ACORN and the two Maryland employees who were on camera and eventually fired are filing suit against Giles, O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart because of the hidden camera expose.
Why is this great news?
Because ACORN and the employees really don't have a leg to stand on, and may actually harm themselves because filing suit opens their organization up to scrutiny.
There is talk that they are going to go after Fox News, too, for playing the videos, which is also why they included Breitbart in the suit. I know there is more money in Fox's pockets, but they have no right to sue them - all they did was air an expose. It happens all the time - heck, 60 Minutes were constantly doing hidden camera exposes with their reporters. This is like suing the Washington Post for printing the Watergate story. Nixon would have had more of a case than ACORN, though, because at least Woodward and Bernstein worked for the Post. Giles and O'Keefe were completely freelance when they made the videos. They became Breitbart's employees after the stings. So why is it suddenly a big no-no?
Three reasons. First, Giles and O'Keefe exposed a far-left organization - how dare they? That was their biggest mistake. If they had exposed, say, the Heritage Foundation, I'm sure they would already by nominated for Pulitzers.
Second, it makes those drooling lapdogs in the press look really, really bad.
Third, ACORN has a lot of connections. There are plenty of people who don't want ACORN's books - or anything about ACORN, really - to become public record. Investigations of any kind are frowned on.
I think this is either going to get thrown out, or ACORN will try to quietly withdraw the suit once they realize what a huge mistake they just made.
BTW - while I was researching this post, I came across an interesting little article about charity. It seems that, at least in this country, some people walk the walk and some people just talk the talk. So....those who constantly squawk about 'service' and 'community' and being their brother's keepers should maybe zip it and practice what they preach. This poll proves that personal initiative always outstrips mandates.
UPDATE: Hannah Giles has just started up a legal defense fund. I'll post O'Keefe's when he sets one up.