Via Fox News:
Officials with the revamped ACORN office in New York -- operating as New York Communities for Change -- have fired staff, shredded reams of documents and told workers to blame disgruntled ex-employees for leaking information in an effort to explain away a FoxNews.com report last week on the group’s involvement in Occupy Wall Street protests, according to sources.ACORN? Damage control? Nah.
NYCC also is installing surveillance cameras and recording devices at its Brooklyn offices, removing or packing away supplies bearing the name ACORN and handing out photos of Fox News staff with a stern warning not to talk to the media, the sources said.
“They’re doing serious damage control right now,” said an NYCC source.
Perhaps the best part of the story could be likened to ACORN's version of a 'Who's on FIrst' bit. According to sources, the NYCC's organizing director, Jonathan Westin called an emergency meeting to discuss last week's Fox report. When the subject of paying its members to protest, things got a little muddled:
“They reminded us that we can get fired, sued, arrested for talking to the press,” the source said. “Then they went through the article point-by-point and said that the allegation that we pay people to protest isn’t true.”Maybe we're getting to the bottom of the left's confusion about jobs. Jobs typically refer to work that is done for reimbursement. In the case of Westin, he's telling his workers that they are not getting paid for the work they're doing; they're getting paid for doing their jobs.
“‘That’s the story that we’re sticking to,’” Westin said, according to the source.
The source said staffers at the meeting contested Westin’s denial:
“It was pretty funny. Jonathan told staff they don’t pay for protesters, but the people in the meeting who work there objected and said, ‘Wait, you pay us to go to the protests every day?’ Then Jonathan said ‘No, but that’s your job,’ and staffers were like, ‘Yeah, our job is to protest,’ and Westin said, ‘No your job is to fight for economic and social justice. We just send you to protest.’
“Staff said, ‘Yes, you pay us to carry signs.’ Then Jonathan says, ‘That’s your job.’ It went on like that back and forth for a while.”
Left wing insanity. More about the report from last week that prompted the document shredding can be found HERE.