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What Would Breitbart Have Said to Rainey?

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:23 am

In the post below, I take L.A. Times columnist James Rainey to task for taking at face value an L.A. ACORN worker’s suggestion that she had rebuffed efforts by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe to get help with an underage prostitution ring. Rainey, I noted, hadn’t contacted Andrew Breitbart to see what he had to say about the ACORN worker’s assertion.

What would Breitbart have said to Rainey? I decided to ask Breitbart, who said his quote to Rainey would have been:

As an empathetic being, I urge you to think twice before accepting the word of an ACORN employee for anything. Because every journalist who has done so has ended up with egg on his or her face.

Breitbart also confirmed that Rainey did not contact Giles or O’Keefe either.

14 Responses to “What Would Breitbart Have Said to Rainey?”

  1. Now why in the world would James Rainey let the facts get in the way of his opinion? After all, what good is it being a newspaper columnist if you can’t foist your stubborn ignorance upon the masses?

    JVW (d32e06)

  2. I suspect this one will be rich, though we already knew that Rainey is a fundamentally dishonest hack.

    JD (959071)

  3. It’s pretty hilarious that anyone would think it vindicates ACORN if Hannah and James were unsuccessful at a couple of ACORN offices. We have hard proof that ACORN, all over the country, helps rape and basically fetish torture kids, and helps lie about taxes, and likes political corruption on its side of the aisle.

    So what if one or two offices happened to have an honest person in them? Now, it’s shockingly looking like no such person was anywhere to be found, but it’s a comic book level of evil for ACORN to be this horrible. Their defense is that, according only to them, there’s somewhere they weren’t? That’s hardly a defense at all. It’s like saying ‘Well, I didn’t beat my wife… last Tuesday!’

    ACORN is a horrible criminal enterprise, and nothing that comes up now, short of Breitbart hiring all those employees to act their part out, could vindicate them. Some pimps out there, probably a couple of child slavers, were unable to get a mortgage thanks to this effort. Imagine.

    Dustin (bb61e3)

  4. Hannah Giles had some interesting questions for the media a day or two ago, which to me, kind of signalled where Breitbart would be heading with this expose.

    JD (959071)

  5. ACORN reminds me of the pickpocket brought up on charges. Appearing before the judge in a suit and tie, shined shoes and terrific hair cut, he stated “Your Honor, do I appear to be a pickpocket?” To which the District Attorney gave the, admittedly weak evidence.

    The judge weighing the evidence dismissed the case.

    The defendent then asked “Does this mean I can keep the money?”

    ACORN appears to be a criminal organization and I would love to see RICO charges brought.

    Patterico, given the widespread apparant corruption of ACORN, is that a possibility?

    GM Roper (85dcd7)

  6. I am not a whorenolist.
    However, it seems to me that a decent reporter might start smelling something funny when the topic of ACORN comes up.
    IOW, a decent reporter would not need a couple of kids acting pimp&ho to figure there’s a story there, someplace.

    Richard Aubrey (a9ba34)

  7. make that “apparent.” Damn fat fingered disease. 🙂

    GM Roper (85dcd7)


    That was the story that DRJ posted on in re. questions that she had for the media, that will obviously go unanswered.

    JD (959071)

  9. A real journalist would be on the ACORN story like a pit-bull, digging into their history and affiliations, finding ex-employees who might talk, checking out the deliberately confusing web of interconnected orgs (all apparently living in a single small building in Nawlins), pressing for answers rather than sound bites.

    But no-o-o-o-o…

    mojo (8096f2)

  10. Can’t wait for Brietbart to release the L.A. video.

    AD - RtR/OS! (2b030e)

  11. And why on earth would Rainey contact Breitbar, O’Keefe or Giles? If he were about accuracy, facts, and journalism, of course he would have done his homework and contacted everyone involved (including Jill Stewart during that episode). He has however exhibited a certain pattern of behavior that ultimately reveals that what James Rainey is really about is just James Rainey.

    And I keep lowering the bar of expectation with regard to the LAT.

    Dana (e9ba20)

  12. I thought that bar had fallen into the LaBrea Tar Pits…
    How much lower can it go?

    AD - RtR/OS! (2b030e)

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