ACORN Co-Founder Defends Group's Integrity, Blasts 'Unfair' Critics
By Cristina Corbin
ACORN is an institution of integrity that is getting an unfair rap from news outlets unwilling to look at the group's 38-year history of advocacy work, its co-founder says.
Wade Rathke, ACORN's co-founder and former chief organizer, blasted FOX News on Tuesday for its "unfair" coverage of a group he said has served as a champion for social justice since 1970. Rathke, in an interview, said FOX News should "be careful and fair about how it looks at the organization's work."
"It's a wonderful organization. I do nothing but wish for its success," he said. "You have to look at the motivation of some groups."
A non-partisan grassroots community organization of low and moderate-income people, ACORN -- the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- has come under fire in the past week after videos surfaced showing some workers in several cities giving tax advice to an undercover filmmaker who, purporting to be a pimp, says he wanted to run a brothel. FULL STORY