“There are more,” Mike Flynn, Editor-in-chief of new site BigGovernment.com, told HUMAN EVENTS in an exclusive interview this afternoon regarding the number of undercover films exposing ACORN. Flynn would not reveal the location of the ACORN office where the latest video was filmed, but he said, “It’s a slightly different discussion in this one than you’ve seen so far.” The video should break around 9 p.m. EST.
Flynn said this is not the last one, either. “There are more after that. It is amazing. Stay tuned.”
Last Thursday, Sept. 10, BigGovernment.com launched with an exclusive video showing workers at an ACORN office in Baltimore advising an undercover investigator how to hide his prostitution business under federal tax laws. Once the video started getting attention from TV news, more videos filmed in offices in New York, Washington D.C., and San Bernadino, Calif. were released. Every office where the team filmed exposed a similar response.
Reaction to the videos is ongoing. ACORN has fired four members of its staff. The Census Bureau cut ties with the organization, which means that ACORN will not be involved in the 2010 census. The statement from the Bureau to ACORN stated, “We no longer have confidence that our national partnership agreement is being effectively managed through your offices.” Finally, the Senate voted 83-7 Monday to pass an amendment introduced by Sen. Mike Johanns (R.-Neb.) that would block the Housing and Urban Development department of the Federal government from funding ACORN.
Flynn called the reaction to the videos a “tidal wave” that no one could have anticipated. “When James [O’Keefe] came to me after he’d done these tapes, I could not believe it,” he said. “If he had told me ahead of time what he was planning to do, I would have said ‘You’re crazy, you’ll never get anything.’ It’s not even just one random employee, it’s so comprehensive, it’s everywhere he went. What shocks me is when you watch the videos, they don’t even flinch.”
Andrew Breitbart, the man behind BigGovernment.com, has a gift for timing. BigGovernment.com joins his “Breitbart.com” news site and group blog “BigHollywood.com” as a new foray into “alternative” media. The launch was moved up due to the videos, Flynn said, but the new site had been in the works for awhile as a response to the current political landscape. Breitbart has more sites planned for the future. “Big Government was probably fifth or sixth on the list [last year], and then with the change of policy and how the proposals have been put forward, it [was] bumped to number one,” Flynn said. “There are a bunch more planned, but I don’t have any kind of timeline for that. … [What’s next would] depend on how news is developed and what people are talking about.”
The idea behind BigGovernment.com, like most Breitbart sites, is part of a bigger vision: the philosophy that big government is bad for our country. Contributors are expected to post information and insights into political news on a variety of topics. Flynn named health care, budget, the stimulus and bailouts as examples. He also promised more investigative journalism. “The central issue behind every issue that’s being discussed … is the size and scope of government,” he said. Big Hollywood launched with a list of four contributors that has expanded daily and will eventually include elected officials, activists and think tank analysts, according to Flynn. “What we want to do is aggregate [information] together so that the average Joe Public will have a place to go to find out what they need to weigh in as these policies are debated,” he said.
Writing in his first post on the site, Flynn dedicated the site to the Americans who have attended Tea Parties and town halls in order “to tell the government, ‘No!’” Flynn wrote, “[T]o suggest that health care alone is at the root of this backlash is to miss the forest for the trees.”
In other words, BigGovernment.com aims to cover the whole forest. “There’s a lot more to the Big Government site than just the ACORN videos, and you will see that in the coming months,” Flynn said. It is a beginning. Frustrated Americans protesting in the midst of the forest and looking for more trees to fall can expect sympathetic contributors to keep sawing away at BigGovernment.com.