The New York Times and ACORN both chose not to be thrown under the bus.
According to Yid at The Lid:
During the Second half of 2008 a former employee of ACORN was working with the NY Times as an infomant about the fraudulent practices of the organization. The Times ran a series of stories on ACORN with the help of Ms Moncreif (the informant). The New York Times articles stopped when Ms. Moncrief, who is a Democrat and a supporter of the President, revealed that the Obama Presidential Campaign was using ACORN as a way to get around campaign laws.
The Campaign had sent its maxed out donor list to Karen Gillette of the Washington, DC ACORN office and asked Gillette and Ms. Moncrief to reach out to the maxed out donors and solicit donations from them for Get Out the Vote efforts to be run by ACORN. Upon learning this information and receiving the list of donors from the Obama Campaign, Ms. Strom reported to Ms. Moncrief that her editors at the New York Times wanted her to kill the story because, and I quote, “it was a game changer”:
By Michael P. Tremoglie, The Bulletin
Monday, March 30, 2009 A lawyer involved with legal action against Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) told a House Judiciary subcommittee on March 19 The New York Times had killed a story in October that would have shown a close link between ACORN, Project Vote and the Obama campaign because it would have been a “a game changer” ....
Not to worry, this isn't going to go anywhere. Not with John Conyers chairing the Committee:
John Conyers - of SubpoenaRove fame - chairs the House Judiciary Committee (and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform). He is one of the co-founders of the Congressional Black Caucus. According to the National Journal, he is considered one of the most liberal members of Congress for many years (re-elected 22 times).
Interesting side bit on Conyers from Wikipedia:
Conyers proposed House Resolution 288 in 2005, which condemns “religious intolerance” but emphasizes ... Islam as needing special protection from acts of violence and intolerance. It states that “it should never be official policy of the United States Government to disparage the Quran, Islam, or any religion in any way, shape, or form” .... The bill was referred to the House subcommittee on the Constitution in June 2005, but Conyers, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, could revive it.
Other Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are:
Howard Berman, Zoe Lofgren, Brad Sherman, Adam Schiff, Linda Sanchez and Maxine Waters of CA;
Rick Boucher and Bobby Scott from VA;
Jerry Nadler, Dan Maffei and Anthony Weiner from NY;
Mel Watt from NC;
Sheila Jackson Lee and Charlie Gonzalez from TX;
Bill Delahunt from MA;
Robert Wexler and Debbie Wasserman Schultz from FL;
Hank Johnson from GA;
Pedro Pierlusi of Puerto Rico;
Luis Gutierrez from Chicago [chairs the "powerful Financial Services Subcommitte"];
and Tammy Baldwin of WI.
Another tangent, of possible interest:
On the first day of this 111th Congress, Conyers also introduced H.R. 40 [co-sponsored by Nadler, Scott, Gutierrez and Cohen] to establish a Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans
and HR 200, which would amend the Bankruptcy Code to allow a judge to modify the terms of a home mortgage in foreclosure [coincidentally also co-sponsored by Nadler, Scott, Gutierrez and Cohen -- plus Linda Sanchez, Delahunt, and Waters].
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee include
Lamar Smith, Ted Poe and Louie Gohmert of TX;
Jim Sensenbrenner of WI;
Howard Coble of NC;
Elton Gallegly of CA;
Bob Goodlatte and Randy Forbes of VA;
Dan Lungren and Darrell Issa of CA;
Steve King of IA;
Trent Franks of AZ;
Jim Jordan of OH;
Jason Chaffetz of UT;
Tom Rooney of FL and Gregg Harper of MS.