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Atelling event occurred on Sept. 15, Day 6 of the drip, drip, drip ACORN video roll­out. Pres­i­dent Obama met for lunch with for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton at trendy Il Mulino in New York City.

For the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day, the New York Post fea­tured the ACORN scan­dal on its cover — com­plete with James O’Keefe and Han­nah Giles in their ou­tra­geous “pimp and ho” cos­tumes.

Does any­one think the pres­i­dent and the for­mer pres­i­dent were un­aware that the city in which they were din­ing was mes­mer­ized by the ACORN scan­dal — es­pe­cially since ACORN had bragged that its em­ploy­ees had kicked Mr. O’Keefe and Ms. Giles out of their New York of­fice?

The Sept. 15 edi­tion of the New York Post ex­plored the po­lit­i­cal an­gles and di­rected at­ten­tion to the Brook­lyn District At­tor­ney’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into why an ACORN of­fice in its ju­ris­dic­tion helped in­struct a prospec­tive brothel owner how to hide his pros­ti­tu­tion pro­ceeds in a tin in his back­yard.

No one in the morally su­pe­rior me­dia world has asked, why did Mr. Obama have lunch with Mr. Clin­ton that day? So let me take a guess, and it seems like an ob­vi­ous an­swer. Mr. Obama, un­der siege by a video-a-day ex­pose that was ex­pos­ing the Demo­cratic Party to an avalanche of con­se­quences (ACORN de­funded in the House and Se­nate, ACORN delinked from the cen­sus, etc.), needed ad­vice from the last pres­i­dent to nav­i­gate through a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal scan­dal.

On this day, nei­ther the pres­i­dent or the for­mer pres­i­dent, nor the me­dia knew how many more videos were com­ing.

The next day, Clin­ton Chief of Staff John Podesta, the Demo­cratic Party’s top fix-it guy with con­trol over much of the left’s well­funded vast at­tack ma­chin­ery (think Ge­orge Soros, the Tides Foun­da­tion, et al.), was among a small ad­vi­sory group placed in charge of in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

With the main­stream me­dia con­tin­u­ing to ig­nore the ev­i­dence on the tapes, Mr. Podesta is now clearly in charge of feed­ing them in­for­ma­tion about his well-struc­tured in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ves­ti­ga­tors. The ACORN in­ter­nal probe is a “war room” aimed at de­stroy­ing the mes­sen­gers and is not meant to clean up ma­jor cor­rup­tion.

Since Mr. Podesta was ap­pointed to in­ves­ti­gate ACORN, the only thing in­ves­ti­gated has been the in­ves­ti­ga­tors, Mr. O’Keefe, Ms. Giles and the pub­lisher of the jour­nal­ism be­hind it, yours truly.

Ev­ery jour­nal­ism in­quiry from the main­stream me­dia con­tin­ues to fo­cus on the suc­cess­ful op­er­a­tion that ex­posed ACORN, not on ACORN it­self, as if there is no ev­i­dence to sift through or com­mon traits to be found in the videos. Why is the story about jour­nal­is­tic process rather than in­sti­tu­tional cor­rup­tion?

The Wash­ing­ton Post and the As­so­ci­ated Press have had to is­sue em­bar­rass­ing re­trac­tions for falsely im­ply­ing Mr. O’Keefe’s mo­tives were racist. The New York Times, too, had to is­sue a re­trac­tion on an is­sue raised to im­pugn his tac­tics.

It was so pre­dictable that I ac­tu­ally pre­dicted it — in this col­umn four days be­fore the first video was aired. We needed to doc­u­ment the plan to prove it was a suc­cess. And to show that the me­dia’s du­plic­ity and in­sti­tu­tional bi­ases were di­rectly tar­geted.

So, who is John Podesta? He runs the Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress think tank, which in 2004 helped launch Me­dia Mat­ters for Amer­ica, the well-funded watch­dog out­fit run by ex-con­ser­va­tive jour­nal­ist David Brock, which feeds the me­dia reams of anti-con­ser­va­tive doc­u­ments that di­min­ish the cred­i­bil­ity of al­ter­na­tive me­dia out­lets.

Both the CAP and Me­dia Mat­ters sites are fo­cus­ing their at­ten- tion on Ms. Giles, Mr. O’Keefe and me.

Does any­one re­ally think Mr. Podesta is in­ves­ti­gat­ing ACORN, when his well-greased ex­ter­nal ma­chin­ery is so bla­tantly in­ves­ti­gat­ing us?

To show the Sept. 15 lunch is still bear­ing fruit, Mr. Clin­ton showed Sept. 27 that the 1998 “blame the mes­sen­ger” strat­egy is back in full force, claim­ing the “vast right-wing con­spir­acy” is up to its old tricks.

“It’s not as strong as it was, be­cause Amer­ica has changed de­mo­graph­i­cally,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “But it’s as vir­u­lent as it was.”

Need we re­mind Mr. Podesta and Mr. Brock and Mr. Clin­ton and Mr. Obama of Jon Ste­wart’s “The Daily Show” rant that should have put an end to the at­tacks on the mes­sen­ger: “ACORN ap­pears to be a cor­rupt or­ga­ni­za­tion that aids and abets crim­i­nals and gets mil­lions of dol­lars in tax- payer money.”

The left is bet­ting that 2009 is 1998 again and that the me­dia will help them out like last time. Mr. Obama is bet­ting that Mr. Clin­ton’s 1998 strat­egy and his re­sources can ex­tri­cate him from this grow­ing mess. But 2009 has a new set of cir­cum­stances, new tech­nolo­gies and new ci­ti­zen jour­nal­ists that can now hold the main­stream me­dia in check for its naked par­ti­san­ship.

Plus, un­like Mr. Clin­ton’s war­room blame-the-mes­sen­ger ex­cuse — “it’s just about the sex” — this year’s ACORN scan­dal won’t be pushed aside, be­cause this time it in­cludes 13-year-old sex slaves from El Sal­vador.

An­drew Bre­it­bart is pub­lisher of the news por­tals Bre­it­bart.com and Bre­it­bart.tv. His lat­est en­deavor, Big Hol­ly­wood (http://bighol­ly­wood.bre­it­bart.co m), is a group blog on Hol­ly­wood and pol­i­tics from the cen­ter-right per­spec­tive.


Un­usual in­ves­tiga­tive tac­tics: John Podesta

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