September 15, 2009

In AM Radio Appearance, Charles Gibson Unaware of Five Day-Old ACORN Controversy, Senate Vote to De-Fund


This morning, co-host Don Wade of 890 WLS radio’s Wade and Roma show in Chicago threw a question at ABC World News Tonight anchor Charles Gibson that I suspect was on many listeners’ minds:

Don: Okay, here’s my news question. A Senate bill yesterday passes, cutting off funds to this group called ACORN. Now, we got that bill passed and we have the embarrassing video of ACORN staffers giving tax advice on how to set up a brothel with 13-year-old hookers. It has everything you could want – corruption and sleazy action at tax-funded organizations and it’s got government ties. But nobody’s covering that story. Why?

Keep in mind that James O’Keefe’s and Hannah Giles’s first pair of videos at showing an ACORN office engaged in the activity described appeared in the early morning on September 10. That was five days ago.

But until that moment, the topic apparently wasn’t on Gibson’s mind. Here’s Gibson’s jaw-dropping answer, with additional follow-up banter (HT to Rush on the air; transcribed by Michelle Malkin, who also has audio):

Gibson: HAHAHAHAHA. HEHEHE. I didn’t even know about it. Um. So, you’ve got me at a loss. I don’t know. Uh. Uh. But my goodness, if it’s got everything including sleaziness in it, we should talk about it this morning.

Roma: This is the American way!

Gibson: Or maybe this is just one you leave to the cables.

Roma: Well, I think this is a huge issue because there’s so much funding that goes into this organization…

Gibson: I know we’ve done some stories about ACORN before, but this one I don’t know about…

Roma: Jake Tapper did some blogging on it. I know he’s blogged at least once on this scandal.

Gibson: You guys are uh really up on the website.

Gibson, as John Stephenson and P.J. Gladnick of NewsBusters noted in September of last year, as a result of his interview with GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, twisted her words, with the help of selective editing, to portray her as some kind of out of touch, excessively religious, militaristic rube.

With the above interview, no editing is required. Who’s out of touch now, Charlie?

Cross-posted at


UPDATE: Rush and some NB commenters are speculating that Gibson may have said “I haven’t heard about it” because the only other alternative would be to say a completely damning “We didn’t think it was important.” Gibson’s laugh at the beginning of his response does seem to be a bit nervous.

UPDATE 2: Here’s are the relevant posts of Jake Tapper at his ABC Political Punch blog:

Tapper may be the only real journalist remaining at ABC now that John Stossel is going to Fox Business/Fox News.



  1. Now when government agencies say “ACORN” do they also mean the other 300 shell entities? If not, then the Dems are trying to pull a fast one on the public, a very dishonest tactic. Someone of stature needs to press the point. You know like ObamaCare not covering illegals when it does.

    Comment by dscott — September 15, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

  2. Maybe that’s why everyone else but Fox is losing audiences in droves. Gibson should start watching Fox where real journalism is practiced so that he and his network are up-to-date.

    Comment by Joe C. — September 15, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

  3. Maybe if Charles Gibson would get his head out of his rear end, he would know what’s going on with outfits like ACORN. Then again, maybe he doesn’t want to know and thinks the American people think just like him. This guy is clueless.

    Comment by Bloglifetime — September 16, 2009 @ 5:12 am

  4. The real story here is the Obama trained ACORN employees. Obama served as ACORN’s attorney. Obama’s presidential campaign was intimately tied to the group. Obama is ACORN.

    Comment by Michael — September 16, 2009 @ 9:15 am

  5. Mr. Gibson’s overwhelming fault is being clueless. It’s only best he retire rather than continue to embarrass himself.

    Comment by Michael Q — September 16, 2009 @ 11:10 am

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