Clip of the Week: Jon Stewart Takes Media to Task on ACORN Scandal

The ongoing controversy over the community organizing group ACORN – spurred by a series of undercover videos shot for — has shaken the world politic.  The bombshell investigation into the community organizing group ACORN has highlighted Acorn employees apparntly blithely encouraging prostitution and tax evasion. 

The undercover videos showed a scantily dressed young woman, Hannah Giles, posing as a prostitute, while a young man, James O’Keefe, played her pimp. They visited Acorn offices in Baltimore, Washington, Brooklyn and San Bernardino, Calif., candidly describing their illicit business and asking the advice of Acorn workers. Among other questions, they asked how to buy a house to use as a brothel employing under-age girls from El Salvador.

The story has quickly become one of the biggest of the year… all uncovered by two young amatuer activists.

In our clip of the week The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart takes the main stream media to task asking the mainstream media… “WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU?”


In response to the Acorn videos, an instant hit on YouTube, the Senate voted 83 to 7 on Monday to prohibit the Department of Housing and Urban Development from giving federal housing money to the organization. The bill’s advocates said the group had received $53 million in such financing since 1994.

Last Friday, the Census Bureau dropped Acorn as one of 80,000 national unpaid “partners” helping promote the 2010 census, saying the group’s involvement might “create a negative connotation” and discourage participation in the population count.


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