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I'm on a boat? Abbie Boudreau dodges James O'Keefe's CNN loveboat

It was a "punk" set-up by James O'Keefe, the same guy who famously dressed up as a pimp to interview members of ACORN. dressed up as a pimp in a video where he also interviewed members of ACORN, then edited the footage to make it seem as though he had been in his pimp guise the whole time.

Say what you will, this guy is willing to commit.

He reportedly planned to surprise CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau on a boat and attempt to seduce her, as a commentary on the news? Or something? The planned script has him saying: "Instead of giving her a serious interview, I'm going to punk CNN. Abbie has been trying to seduce me to use me, in order to spin a lie about me. So, I'm going to seduce her, on camera, to use her for a video."

Is this really how CNN does its reporting? Seduction? If so, why hasn't Anderson Cooper invited me anywhere yet? I know a lot of things about stuff.

"This bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who comes on at five will get a taste of her own medicine," the script continues, "she'll get seduced on camera and you'll get to see the awkwardness and the aftermath."

That's how most of my dates start. "I'll show the mainstream media!" my dates cackle, spreading out a carpet of rose petals and blasting Al Green. "This is going to be so awkward for everyone involved!" At the end of the evening, they drop me off at my door. "What a commentary this was," they murmur, gazing off into the distance. "Could you turn a little more to your left and say something bobble-headed?"

The oddest part of the scenario is the list of "equipment" for the failed punking, which includes a music list: "Alicia keys, 80s romance songs, things that are typically James, avoid Marvin Gaye as too cliché." That's good. Wouldn't want to be cliché in our CNN-punking-seduction-video-commentary-thing! That probably explains why the list didn't include a condom jar, "obvious sex tape machine," dildos, fuzzy handcuffs, Viagra, lube, ceiling mirror, posters and photos of naked women, candles, a blindfold, and pornographic magazines -- wait, never mind, those are all on the list.

This doesn't really look like a seduction evening to me. This looks like he and the correspondent have been married for ten years and their therapist told them that they needed to rekindle their love life. Also, the inclusion of "Viagra and stamina pills" is a nice touch -- shows humility.

Did I mention that it was on a boat? Who comes up with these things?

Well, according to James O'Keefe, it wasn't he. He claims the plan "was sent" to him. This is what happens to me every time I'm going to meet a CNN reporter. People just send me 13-page lists of things of I could do on a pleasure craft. Maybe they'd thought he'd be down for it. By the time he was done editing this footage, it might have looked like a romantic evening instead of a ludicrous, nonsensical stunt. Talk about things that are typically James.

Update Oct. 5 10:44 a.m.: An earlier version of this post claimed that O'Keefe was dressed up as a pimp when he interviewed ACORN employees. There is no evidence that he was wearing the pimp costume during the interview. The post has been updated to reflect this change.

By Alexandra Petri  | September 29, 2010; 5:48 PM ET
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Comments

What a 'PLUCKING' punk;teapublican to da max

Posted by: neec13 | September 29, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Fox News will be reporting this as good clean fun. Just wait.

Posted by: MagicDog1 | September 29, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I liked your write-up. Funny, and still managing to show this guy for the idiotic punk he is.

Ludicrous, and stupid and amateur. This guy really believes he's a hot shot investigator, when it sounds like his maturity hit the ceiling at 14, and stayed.

I wonder how quickly the young conservatives will distance themselves from this joke.

Posted by: shelleyp | September 29, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, it looks like Fox News is going to ignore it. O'Keefe was a rising star there, the subject of much adulation for his fraudulent ACORN video. Now that he's been unmasked as a garden variety pervert, they'll try to sweep him under the rug.

Posted by: MagicDog1 | September 29, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Dana,

This statement "the same guy who famously dressed up as a pimp to interview members of ACORN" is factually incorrect.

Many independent sources have verified that he showed up looking like a college student or a lawyer NOT like a pimp when he made his highly edited videos.

Here's just one link about it: http://mediamatters.org/columns/201002170008

You might want to correct the facts there...

Posted by: nathanhj | September 29, 2010 11:38 PM | Report abuse

Nathanhj,

Speaking of getting your facts straight, this wasn't written by Mr. Milbank. This article was written by Ms. Petri you know, with her face next to the article?

You might want to correct the facts there...

Posted by: ttwiggle | September 30, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

He's a breit catamite, sqeeeeezed through a very narrow point of view.

Posted by: attaboy1 | September 30, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

"It was a "punk" set-up by James O'Keefe, the same guy who famously dressed up as a pimp to interview members of ACORN...
...
Remember, he dressed up as a pimp to interview members of ACORN."

=====

For chrissakes, you're the WASHINGTON POST. Get the story STRAIGHT.

O'Keefe NEVER dressed as a pimp for his interviews with ACORN. This has been a known, well-documented fact (not just in my reporting, but in official investigation after official investigation) for nearly a year!

Details: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7715

He also did not represent himself as a pimp to ACORN Workers, but rather, the boyfriend of the girl/prostitute trying to save her FROM an abusive pimp.

Please issue a correction immediately. Thank you. Good lord. That's how O'Keefe/Breitbart get away with lying again and again and again.

Posted by: BradFriedman | September 30, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

"Remember, he dressed up as a pimp to interview members of ACORN."

No. He didn't. And it is too well known that he didn't for this statement to be in any way excusable. Granted, the Post was "famously" suckered into thinking he did (remember now?), but to ask us now to "remember" something that never happened is a page out of Orwell.

Posted by: chaos1 | September 30, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Nathanhj,

Speaking of getting your facts straight, this wasn't written by Mr. Milbank. This article was written by Ms. Petri you know, with her face next to the article?

You might want to correct the facts there...

Posted by: ttwiggle

Since there's an even bigger picture of Dana Milbank above the article, and there are the words "by Dana Milbank" in even bigger type, I think this was an understandable misimpression.

Posted by: chaos1 | September 30, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Remember, he dressed up as a pimp to interview members of ACORN."

As a journalist, you stink. Not that that will prevent you having a career at the Post.

Posted by: hellslittlestangel1 | September 30, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

"Remember, he dressed up as a pimp to interview members of ACORN."

As others have noted, this is a notorious falsehood, recognized as such by anyone paying minimal attention to the political scene. As a journalist, you stink. Not that that will prevent you having a career at the Post.

Posted by: hellslittlestangel1 | September 30, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

O'Keefe and his mentor/pal just may be dumber and more childish than those two fools who did that Mouseterpiece Theater skit sometime back about Mad Bytch Beer and the secretary of state.

What were the names of those two pre-pubescent brats?

Posted by: MarkinJC | September 30, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

More proof of how political activists are not journalists no matter what they say. – http://goo.gl/fb/KINwW

Posted by: DJOURNO | September 30, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

How long will it take the "Post" to correct Ms. Petri's blatant lies?

Posted by: rtwmd | October 1, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

"In fact, O'Keefe never posed as a pimp when he talked to ACORN staffers. He presented himself as a friend, or boyfriend, or a colleague of Giles, who was posing as the prostitute. O'Keefe wore a dress shirt and Khakis when he entered ACORN offices, and later spliced in shots of himself wearing the pimp outfit in the final videos to make it appear that he had worn them in the meetings with ACORN. To sensationalize the tape, O'Keefe dressed up in cartoonish pimp garb for the bumpers shown on television. The outlandish costume aimed to make ACORN's African-American intake staff look like buffoons."

Kudos to John Atlas of the Newark Star Ledger for showing the Washington Post how journalism is actually done. And rotten tomatoes to the Washington Post editors cowering in corners chanting "I can't heeeeeear you" in response to the many requests that they publish a correction to the false assertions in the Post version of the story. (Online only; apparently the Post's history of botching the O'Keefe story is too embarrassing to open the wounds again in print.)

Posted by: chaos1 | October 1, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

This post contains a plainly false claim of fact "James O'Keefe, the same guy who famously dressed up as a pimp to interview
members of ACORN." O?Keefe was definitely not dressed as a pimp when he interviewed members of ACORN. The false assertion that he was caused great damage for ACORN.

There is absolutely positive proof that your assertion is false. Repeating this demonstrably false and damaging assertion demonstrates reckless disregard for the truth. Petri and the Washington Post have committed actionable libel.

I'm sure ACORN won't sue (for one thing they are now bankrupt). However, for the sake of the reputation of the Washington Post, it is absolutely necessary that The Washington Post correct the gross error of fact immediately.

Posted by: rjw88 | October 1, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

This post contains a plainly false claim of fact "James O'Keefe, the same guy who famously dressed up as a pimp to interview
members of ACORN." O?Keefe was definitely not dressed as a pimp when he interviewed members of ACORN. The false assertion that he was caused great damage for ACORN.

There is absolutely positive proof that your assertion is false. Repeating this demonstrably false and damaging assertion demonstrates reckless disregard for the truth. Petri and the Washington Post have committed actionable libel.

I'm sure ACORN won't sue (for one thing they are now bankrupt). However, for the sake of the reputation of the Washington Post, it is absolutely necessary that The Washington Post correct the gross error of fact immediately.

Posted by: rjw88 | October 1, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Petri -

It has been more than 24 hours since I notified you here of your blatantly inaccurate "reporting" on the O'Keefe/ACORN matter.

As well, you have been notified directly via email and multiple times via Twitter, yet you have failed to issue a correction.

Am I too assume you are simply going to leave your blatantly inaccurate reporting as is? Is this what you and Mr. Milbank consider to be responsible, professional journalism at an important MSM outlet?

Brad Friedman, The BRAD BLOG
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8101

Posted by: BradFriedman | October 1, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the video on ACORN was doctored. O'Keefe did NOT dress as a pimp when he went to the ACORN offices.
And after thorough investigation, it was found that ACORN had not done anything wrong, nor unethical -- in fact, they REPORTED all interviews that were suspect in their opinion.
This false story was repeated so often that so many people remain uninformed, including Ms. Petri, who should know better.
O'Keefe is an unethical self-proclaimed "journalist" who should be shunned by respectable reporters.

Posted by: mhandrh | October 2, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse


O'Keefe did NOT dress as a pimp when he went to ACORN. In fact after thorough investigation, it was determined (too late) that ACORN did nothing wrong.
It is O'Keefe who is unethical and should be shunned by respectable journalists.

Posted by: mhandrh | October 2, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

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