Gut Feeling Confirmed: ACORN Disavows Langevin Event E-Mail
Following up on Justin’s unease, I conveyed the e-mail in question to the Rhode Island office of ACORN. They responded quickly with the following statement.
An e-mail from Rhode Island Young Republicans that supposedly included an e-mail message from ACORN to our members is entirely a hoax and a fabrication. We have seen this pattern across the country, where right wing and Republican elements are attempting to stoke up their base using these entirely fabricated lies about ACORN. Around the country ACORN is engaged in the fight for quality, affordable health care, and believe it is every American’s right and privilege to voice their opinion and attend town hall meetings. But for the record:
a) ACORN has never had a plan to attend Congressman Langevin’s Town Hall meeting; and
b) The e-mail that was supposedly from ACORN to our members is a total fabrication.
Let us pause here to note the inherently non-solid, often non-verifiable nature of electronic mail. The Young Republicans may well have received and then passed along the e-mail in good faith. (I’ve e-mailed them to ask the source of the e-mail, though, upon reflection, that might have been a silly question.) ACORN has denied sending the e-mail. Still a mystery, however, is its author and originator, who may be
– a friend of ACORN,
– a friend of the Young Republicans or
– an uninvolved third party trying to create mischief.