E&P On The Media Coverage of Acorn

The right wing noise machine has fabricated a mythology around Acorn which has little to do with the actual organization. Editor and Publisher has reviewed both the truth about the stories about Acorn and how the news was covered. The report points out how the distorted news began in the conservative media and how, as so frequently happens, the mainstream media began repeating their claims:

We found that conservative “opinion entrepreneurs” – primarily business and conservative groups and individuals – set the story in motion, the conservative media (e.g., Fox News, conservative talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and his many local counterparts, conservative magazines like the National Review, the Washington Times, the Washington Enquirer, and the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal) heighten the sense of urgency with an unwarranted amount of coverage, and the mainstream media report the same allegations with largely the same conservative frames, usually without investigating their veracity.

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