Acorn Redux And The NBC Nightly……News?

 Senator Mary Landrieu

Sen. Mary Landrieu

The man who set up the phony Acorn “sting” has been arrested in New Orleans after he and three others allegedly took part in a scheme that involved two of the four posing as telephone repair personnel to gain entrance to the office of  Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu.

Alleging a plot to tamper with phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in the Hale Boggs Federal Building in downtown New Orleans, the FBI arrested four people Monday, including James O’Keefe, 25, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group’s credibility” -nola.com

“…a plot to tamper with phones” could be interpreted to mean an alleged attempt at bugging the phone lines of a United States Senator.  Serious stuff.  You have to wonder whether these guys are on their own or working for someone else.

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Late add-

I’ve just watched the NBC Nightly News.  Or what passes for it.  About half the show was taken up with updates on Haiti.  The lead, was the Toyota recall.  Big time recall, they reported, impacting thousands of Toyota owners with production lines shutting down all over the country.   Thousands of cars out there with potential accelerator problems.  The NBC reporter told us that we should understand just how serious this story is, because one of their reporters on CNBC is saying it’s a serious story.  Oh, my.  That is serious, isn’t it?  Or was your only intention to give CNBC a plug?  Sounded like it…

Thing is, there was NOT ONE WORD about what Toyota owners are supposed to do now.  Should they wait for a recall notice?  Should they take their cars into their local dealership?   Should they fear for their lives if they turn the key and start their cars?  NOT ONE WORD from NBC News, about what their viewers should do now.

But that’s not why I was watching the NBC Nightly News.  I was watching because I wanted an update on the story about the break-in and bugging attempt at the office of Senator Mary Landrieu.  But they didn’t cover it.   There was nothing.  NOT ONE WORD.   How sad.

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Later still-

The AP is reporting that the 4 men charged in connection with the alleged phone-bugging scheme shared a common background as  “young ideologues writing for conservative publications.”  They have been charged with entering federal property under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony.  The maximum penalty is 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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