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ACORN update: Shakeup ordered

Shortly after finishing the ACORN post below, the e-mail Inbox had a press release from that national organization explaining changes it's putting in place as a response to a series of video investigations of its practices.

It's a press release that all but concedes the actions alleged -- where actors posing as a pimp and a prostitute sought and received information from ACORN workers about scamming the government -- occurred. It says there were "indefensible" actions by a handful of new, poorly trained employees. They're shutting down parts of their operations while proper training gets done.

This is a bit of an about face from the same e-mail address that Wednesday accused the video team of "lies and manipulation."

In the news biz, this is pretty much seen as copping to the allegations and heading into damage control mode.

The admission can be found here.

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