Tresa Kaelke: ACORN San Bernardino Worker Did Not Kill Husband
Tresa Kaelke from ACORN San Bernadino was caught on tape saying admitting killing her husband and set up self defense claim. Soon after the video was online and aired in media channels, ACORN released a statement saying Kaelke lied deliberately in the video. Kaelke's former husband is very much alive and living in California.
"They were not believable", said Ms. Kaelke of the two actors. "Somewhat entertaining, but they weren't even good actors. I didn't know what to make of them. They were clearly playing with me. I decided to shock them as much as they were shocking me. Like Stephen Colbert does – saying the most outrageous things with a straightface." While her sense of humor might not be funny to many people, the fact is that she spun false scenario afterfalse scenario and the videographer ate them up.
Here is the transcript of the controversial "confession".
Kaelke: "I think in my life I have been abused also. I mean, just with an ex-husband. You know, that just beat the hell out of me, you know, a few times and then, you know, I killed him."
O'Keefe: "How old were you then?"
Kaelke: "Um, it was only, actually, about — well, I was 35."
Giles: "Was he abusing you when you shot him or."
Kaelke: "No. Not right that instant. He came at me and I let him throw me around a little bit, you know. And then I just picked up the gun and said (EXPLETIVE DELETED) you. And I shot him. And he died. Right there."
Kaelke's supervisor, Spach, said Kaelke lied to the undercover reporters because she was afraid and wanted to "come across as a strong individual." Spach said Kaelke was not a prostitute and did not shoot her husband.
Some of Tresa Kaelke's statements claimed to have been edited out to make ACORN look bad, and the filmmakers' journalistic standards were called into question.
Others criticize FOX News for not doing proper fact check before airing the video. The original story on FOX still has not been updated even after new information has been released.
In a FOX news interview, one of the undercover journalist Hannah Giles was asked if she actually checked Kaelke's background and whether or not her husband was killed. Giles said they were still working on that.