by Spiffarino, Sat Oct 25, 2008 at 01:06:58 PM EDT
CNN has been gaining a great deal of attention for a series of reports it has done on the voter registration activities of ACORN. Recently, correspondent Bill Tucker taped a report on ACORN that was aired on CNN Headline News, followed by commentary by a gentleman named Rick Berman from an organization called the "Employment Policy Institute" who proceeded to attack ACORN for its alleged "fraud."
OK, so we're talking about voter registration fraud, we're near the end of possibly the most important election in 30 years, and they bring on a guy from the Employment Policy Institute to bash ACORN? Why would he care? What gives?
Well, Mr. Berman has much to care about when it comes to ACORN. You see, ACORN doesn't just register poor and minority voters. It also fights for living wages, and it has been on the front lines trying to force employers to pay a decent wage to their lowest-paid workers. This sticks very firmly in Mr. Berman's craw, because Mr. Berman - surprise - runs a Washington DC firm that lobbies against the minimum wage.
According to SourceWatch.org, Berman represents or has represented the fast food, restaurant, tobacco, and pesticide industries to name a few. He is notorious for his staunch opposition against the Americans with Disabilities Act on behalf of the restaurant lobby. And now he's on the pundit circuit attacking ACORN for registration fraud even though he has no expertise in elections, election law, voting rights issues or anything else of relevance to our democratic franchise.
And so I ask why, CNN, are you lending credibility to this person - a man called "Dr. Evil" by people who know him all too well - when he has nothing but personal opinions and an agenda to offer to the story? What are you trying to accomplish by letting a person with a separate financial motive speak on your "news" program to cast aspersions on a group that he seeks to destroy on behalf of his corporate clients?
Please ask CNN why they think Rick Berman - who has no expertise in voting issues, but who does have a powerful personal financial interest - has any business speaking about voting issues on a news program:
For more information on the amazingly creepy Mr. Berman: