The Right has shown in the past months it has extraordinary power in America. Even when in the minority, the Right is proving that, through certain apparatuses and organizations, it can determine the shape and outcome of policy and who or what organizations will be allowed to be affiliated or involved in government as these policies or reforms take shape.
Democrats have done virtually nothing to prevent conservative media attack campaigns on members of the Obama Administration or organizations supportive of Obama from being successful.
House Democrats and Senate Democrats have knowingly supported the Republican campaign against ACORN, an organization which played a significant role in registering new voters in the 2008 election. These Democrats have caved to a media smear campaign waged by conservatives who have been inciting their base to make more and more noise about an organization that they wish to see defunded because it is so effective at registering the poor and working class folk that they regularly stomp all over when developing policy and reform.
A recent study on media coverage of ACORN by Peter Dreier and Christopher R. Martin shows that the media has allowed conservative opinion campaigns to determine news coverage of ACORN. The news has spent more time on the charge that ACORN is responsible for voter fraud than they have spent time on the organization's living wage campaigns. And, the news has failed to report that ACORN is a Republican target. [Full study can be read here.]
Democrats, afraid of supporting an organization that the public believes has a link to voter fraud and other corrupt activities, have stood behind decisions to have the Census Bureau cut off ties with ACORN. This shows Republicans were successful in spreading the myth that the organization was going to be providing workers for the census.
FactCheck.org responded in June to the uproar created by FOX News and proved that they would not be providing workers but would simply be one of 30,000 partners the government would be working with to make the census a success.