Anti-American radicals, not mere liberals, screamed at Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney at the Iowa State Fair, but you wouldn’t know that from most news reports.
The mainstream media fell down on the job by misreporting the name of the group whose obnoxious members (see CBS News video) badgered and heckled Romney on Thursday, shrieking and interrupting him as he attempted to share his views on reforming entitlement programs like Social Security.
Even though oceans of news articles on the Internet say a “liberal” group, the “Iowa Center for Community Involvement,” gave the former Massachusetts governor a hard time at a candidate forum, that group doesn’t appear to exist.
The error seems to stem from a mistake in an AP story by Philip Elliott. (In the old days, getting the name of a person or organization wrong was often a firing offense for reporters. Alas.)
In fact the group’s name is Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (Iowa CCI), according to Kathie Obradovich of the Des Moines Register. The group “is known for confrontational politics,” she notes.
That is an understatement.
That the ACORN-like Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement has been praised by Bill Moyers and labeled the “Most Valuable Grassroots Advocacy Group” of 2009 by John Nichols of The Nation magazine, tells you just about everything you need to know about the group. Nichols wrote approvingly of the group’s “in-your-face activism” and its frequent denunciations of banks.
Like ACORN, Iowa CCI blackmails lenders using the financial affirmative action law known as the Community Reinvestment Act. The organization brags about being the first group to use the law to “negotiate family farm loan agreements with banks.”
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