ACORN and the Media

You might have seen Peter Dreier, NHI board member, and the director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Program at Occidental College on Rachel Maddow the other night discussing the coverage of ACORN in the media:

but here’s a report, “Manipulating the Public Agenda: Why ACORN Was in the News, and What the News Got Wrong,” issued by Dreier and Christopher Martin, a journalism professor at the University of Northern Iowa that breaks down in detail the partial MSM coverage of ACORN, including the so-called “October Surprise” leading up to the 2008 elections that tried to conflate President Obama’s community organizing past, his associations with ACORN, right-wing allegations of ACORN impropriety, Wasilla mayors, lipstick, bulldogs…sorry — got caught up reliving a very stressful time there.

Read Dreier’s and Martin’s report.

Matthew Brian Hersh served as senior editor at Shelterforce from March 2008 to October 2012. He studied English at Rutgers University and has spent his professional career in journalism, policy, and politics.


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