I put an asterisk on the headline because whenever I say it's the last word on a subject, it never is. The post I wrote last week on ACORN got a large response, as I expected -- and I wanted to follow up with one clarification and also a question for those who continue to see this anti-poverty agency as Public Enemy No. 1.
First, the clarification: As several posters kindly pointed out over the weekend, there is indeed a problem with an article from the Washington Post that's linked near the end of the post. There's also a problem with me, in that I made a mistake that I should have known better after all these years, in trusting the Washington Post! I was actually aware that their story on James O'Keefe had a correction -- it's right on top of the version that I linked to -- but I also mistakenly thought the Post did what the Daily News and every other newspaper does when there's a correction, which is to fix the actual body of the article online. Reading the correction and the article again, it doesn't look like they did that, or they did a lousy job of it. So now I've gone back myself and removed the paragraph in question, with a note.
Ironically, there was really no reason for me to include that paragraph anyway -- the whole reason for linking the passage was this quote from O'Keefe that is disputed by no one, in which he said "Politicians are getting elected single-handedly due to this organization." Several commenters claimed over the weekend that the fact that the Washington Post article had a correction delegitimized the entire post -- nothing could be further from the truth. The corrected passage deals with the issue of race, something that wasn't at all the point of my post and isn't even addressed elsewhere. My still-valid point was that O'Keefe and his supporters want to take down ACORN is not because it's failing in its mission -- fighting poverty and increasing voter participation -- but because they don't want it to succeed. As for the confusion over the Washington Post link, the policy here at Attytood is always to correct and clarify and to keep the discussion going forward -- this note would have come faster if I didn't follow what I call my "sanity rule" of avoiding Attytood altogether on my weekend, which is Friday and Saturday. If readers want my immediate attention, you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.