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Conservative activist James O'Keefe's latest caper: Trying to punk CNN reporter


James O'Keefe, 2010. (AP/Bill Haber)


Conservatives were strangely silent, but liberals had a field day Wednesday dissecting the latest stunt by James O'Keefe -- this time involving a female CNN reporter, a boat and lots of sex toys.

You remember O'Keefe: He's the activist who launched into national politics with an undercover video indicting community organization ACORN (he was dressed like a pimp) and arrested in January for trying to tamper with the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office.

He was selected for CNN's documentary on rising stars in the conservative movement by investigative reporter Abbie Boudreau, who arranged to meet O'Keefe last month in his office to discuss an interview. Instead, one of his colleagues intercepted Boudreau to warn her it was a trap to discredit her and embarrass the mainstream media.

O'Keefe's plan? To lure her to his floating "palace of pleasure" (filled with champagne, strawberries and sex toys), hit on her and secretly film the whole Borat-like exchange. CNN later obtained a 13-page document outlining the "CNN Caper" -- and released the entire story just days before the documentary airs Saturday.

Good or bad for young conservative Merry Pranksters? We tried to ask the four stars of CNN's special -- anti-abortion activist Lila Rose, director Christian Hartsock, videographer Jason Mattera and anti-gay activist Ryan Sorba -- but none of them responded to requests for comment.


By The Reliable Source  | September 30, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
 
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How can anyone with an iota of morality support this kind of crap? Do conservatives condone O'keefe's perverted behavior? I don't see how there is any kind of moral equivalency to the sexual dementia that passes as neocon 'journalism' from this poor excuse for a human being. Be gone with you and your fellow wankers. You are pathetic.

Posted by: queenofromania | September 30, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

"He was selected for CNN's documentary on rising stars in the conservative movement..."

Seriously, CNN, what's wrong with you?

Posted by: belker | September 30, 2010 5:27 AM | Report abuse

O'Keefe is typical of the rethug mentality

Posted by: neec13 | September 30, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Mr. O'Keefe is a nasty piece of work-and the spiritual son of the late Lee Atwater.
Perhaps now the media will be a bit less inclined to buy into this kind of sorry trickery....

Posted by: sanderling5 | September 30, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

In the interest of accurate journalism, it might be worth mentioning, even at this late date, that much of of the ACORN video was faked, and that while the video attempted to make it look like he wore the pimp outfit in the ACORN office, he in fact did not. I realize that this is embarrassing for those in the media who fell for it at the time, but what say we put that aside and tell the truth about it.

Posted by: chaos1 | September 30, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

More proof of how political activists and are not journalists - http://goo.gl/fb/KINwW

Posted by: DJOURNO | September 30, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

This article calls O'Keefe and his cohorts "Merry Pranksters." The Merry Pranksters was a group of 1960s counter culture types headed by Ken Kesey who drove around the country in a pyschedelic-painted bus giving free LSD to whomever would take it (LSD was legal until 1966). I guess the term "Merry Pranksters" fits both groups because they distorted reality. The difference is that Kesey's bunch did not tear down an institution like ACORN, whose big sin was to register a lot of people who voted against Republican candidates.

O'Keefe and his ilk are taking a page or two out of George Orwell's book "1984," the Two Minute Hate, Chapter 1, April 4, 1984. In the scene, where a doctored or made up film shows the face of Goldstein, the arch-enemy of The party "The Hate rose to its climax. The voice of Goldstein had become an actual sheep's bleat, and for an instant the face changed into that of a sheep. Then the sheep-face melted into the figure of a Eurasian soldier who seemed to be advancing, huge and terrible, his sub-machine gun roaring, and seeming to spring out of the surface of the screen, so that some of the people in the front row actually flinched backwards in their seats."

Posted by: morris21654 | October 1, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

"he was dressed like a pimp"

Who at the "Post" is ordering reporters to repeat Fox News lies (see Petri's column)? Correction ASAP, please.

Posted by: rtwmd | October 1, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Given the laziness shown by the writers in not properly researching O'Keefe's interactions at the ACORN offices, is it any wonder that people like O'Keefe think they can pull off stunts like on this on today's media?

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | October 1, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

"(he was dressed like a pimp)"

The zombie lie that will not die!

Does this paper care at all about being accurate? Does this paper have an ombudsman? Or is printing a bald-faced lie no big deal.

Posted by: AlSwearengen | October 1, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

The assertion "O'Keefe: He's the activist who launched into national politics with an undercover video indicting community organization ACORN (he was dressed like a pimp)" is false. He was not dressed like a pimp when he made the undercover video. He was dressed like a pimp when, no longer under cover, he made footage to deceptively splice to the undercover footage.

Your assertion is false and extremely damaging to ACORN. The falsehood of your claim has been proven (note the New York Times formally retracted the claim in an Op-Ed by the public editor showing that, at least, it has higher standards than the Washington Post).

Your repitition of this damaging falsehood demonstrates reckless disregard for the truth and actionalbe libel. of course ACORN won't sue the Washington Post, but, for the sake of the paper's repuation the false assertion should be corrected immediately.

Posted by: rjw88 | October 1, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"(he was dressed like a pimp)"

No he wasn't. That was edited into the videos later. And you guys fell for it, and are still repeating it. You really ought to correct that.

Posted by: logokopp | October 1, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Three white "reporters" for the WaPo purposely spread a disproved Fox-generated lie intended to make the predominantly minority staff of ACORN look sub-humanly stupid. And the WaPo pointedly refuses to correct this lie. Can you spell . . . ?

Posted by: rtwmd | October 1, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The guy looks like a drown rat and is incapable of seducing a potato.

Posted by: blarsen1 | October 1, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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