In a recent series of posts on a pro-ACORN op-ed by Peter Dreier, I noted a series of errors and omissions and called on the Los Angeles Times to correct them. I obtained one correction — to the silly assertion that only two ACORN offices provided advice to Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe for a purported underage prostitution ring. I noted some other errors and omissions as well. In the course of discussing these with a correspondent, I learned that the American Spectator had gotten a fact wrong as well — and I had repeated it. Namely, the assertion that Darnell Nash was convicted of vote fraud. He was not. He was charged with vote fraud and convicted of vote registration fraud.
I can’t seem to get the American Spectator to correct the record, but I’m correcting it here. I have placed the following UPDATE AND CORRECTION to this post:
UPDATE AND CORRECTION: Since this post was originally published, I have had a chance to look at the actual docket for Darnell Nash’s conviction, and it appears clear that, while he was charged with vote fraud, he was not convicted of vote fraud. Instead, he pled guilty to three counts of false registration. Here are the relevant screenshots:
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I have sent an e-mail to the author of the American Spectator article that erroneously reported that Nash was convicted of voter fraud, seeking a correction. I have received no response.
The interest of full accuracy demands that I publish this correction. It is nevertheless still quite clear to me that Nash voted illegally, whether he was convicted or not. Also, Dreier should have revealed his ACORN connections in the article, and botched facts familiar to every knowledgeable conservative I know.
This does not mean that Dreier got it right. His statement — that “not a single person who signed a phony name on a registration form ever actually voted” — is still false and should have been corrected. I have no reason to doubt the accuracy of the numerous sources I provided, quoting election officials and prosecutors as saying Nash voted after registering illegally.
Also, as I note in the correction above, the paper’s continuing failure to address Dreier’s consulting work for ACORN and his position on the ACORN Advisory Committee is, in my view, a continuing black eye for the paper’s reputation (such as it is) for full transparency and disclosure.
However, the American Spectator got it wrong as well, and I quoted them, so I also got it wrong. Also, the author of the American Spectator article in question is ignoring my request for a correction — which I find every bit as irritating as when Los Angeles Times editors ignore me (which they still do from time to time!). All I can do is correct the record on my blog and undertake efforts to correct it elsewhere.