"ACORN appears to be a corrupt organization that aids and abets criminals and gets millions of dollars in taxpayer money."
Such was reported Tuesday evening, but not by one of the mainstream television news outlets.
That was Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," who in a fabulous six-minute segment not only covered the story of ACORN representatives giving business advice to folks trying to set up a child-prostitution ring, but also lambasted the media for getting scooped so embarrassingly by "two kids from the cast of ‘High School Musical III.'"
After walking through some of the videos captured at numerous ACORN offices by James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, Stewart said (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript):
JON STEWART, HOST: ACORN appears to be a corrupt organization that aids and abets criminals and gets millions of dollars in taxpayer money. [...]
Well, this is an impressive expose. I'd love to know the intrepid journalists who broke this story. "60 Minutes"? The AP? That guy who gets the predators?
(Shows video of O'Keefe appearing on Fox News).
Are you f**king kidding me? First of all, you don't have to tell us you're a white guy. Your pimp costume appears to be a fur coat on top of your Andover uniform. Second of all, where were the real reporters on this story? You know what investigative media, see me on camera three: Where the hell were you? You know who broke this story? These two.
(Shows picture of O'Keefe and Giles.)
You're telling me that two kids from the cast of "High School Musical III" can break this story with a video camera and their grandmother's chinchilla coat? And you got nothing? They did it for $3,000, and that's Blitzer's monthly beard Wetvac budget. It probably cost CNN that much to turn on their hologram machine.
I'm a fake journalist, and I'm embarrassed these guys scooped me. Let's get to work people.