Two college professors evaluated media coverage of ACORN during the 2008 presidential campaign and came up with some pretty good stuff on this Republican/conservative campaign ploy and its poor reporting by the media. The work to develop a 2008 "October surprise" to beat Obama didn't succeed. But it proved good spade work for events set in motion by the undercover video work that has pumped to extraordinary levels by media fair and foul.
It's a long, scholarly paper. It's telling, too. They say:
"Although the 2008 presidential election is long over, conservative opinion entrepreneurs and the conservative media echo chamber remain fixated on ACORN, and poised to inject their frame about ACORN as an issue in the 2010 and 2012 national elections."