File this under "mind-bogglingly stupid" ideas, said Patrick Edaburn in The Moderate Voice. ACORN has filed a lawsuit against filmmaker-activists James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles (and conservative website Breitbart.com, which posted their work) for secretly videotaping "various ACORN workers seemingly supporting the importation of underage sex slaves." Does ACORN really want to open its records to lawyers working for its enemies (watch an undercover video shot in an ACORN office)?
ACORN gets "points for chutzpah, I guess," said Kevin Drum in Mother Jones. But, with this ill-advised lawsuit, the community-organizing group is just "extending the news cycle on this whole debacle, making fools of themselves with transparently petty arguments, and just generally showing less common sense than your average mafia don caught on a 60 Minutes sting." When you're caught in the act, "shooting the messenger" is a bad idea.
Tell that to Barney Frank, said John McCormack in The Weekly Standard. The Democratic congressman from Massachusetts has asked the Congressional Research Service to look into the laws James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles may have broken by taping and distributing their undercover footage without the ACORN employees' consent. "Next thing you know, the sexual predators caught on MSNBC's To Catch a Predator will turn around and sue the journalists who exposed them."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects
- 10 classic Sesame Street moments we wouldn't show today's kids
- 6 tiny scientific mistakes that created huge disasters
- It's official: The religious right is calling it quits
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1: 10 major differences between the book and the movie
- 10 things you need to know today: November 21, 2014
- The dangerously childish morality of liberal ObamaCare supporters
- What could happen if the Supreme Court rules against ObamaCare
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- The slippery slope of Twitter's attempts to stop harassment against women
Subscribe to the Week