Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Monday, March 26, 2012 8:01 pm

Breitbart really was the brains of the outfit; or, In which O’Keefe takes on the IRS

Filed under: Aiee! Teh stoopid! It burns! — Lex @ 8:01 pm
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Man, March 22 really was a red-letter day for James O’Keefe, the Andrew Breitbart minion. Not only did we learn about his “Panty-Stealing ‘Rape Barn’ Sex and Racism Scandal,” we also learned that his Project Veritas was advertising itself as a charitable nonprofit when, in fact, it was no such thing — and that O’Keefe is not above using the pretense of undercover journalism to try to settle personal scores. That latter post also has some things to teach conservaclowns about the difference between real journalism and the kind of funhouse-mirror crap practiced by Breitbart and his acolytes.

O’Keefe, the provocateur/fake pimp whose faked very selectively edited videos involving the organizing group ACORN led to its demise although no wrongdoing by the group was ever proved, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after being charged with a felony after some sort of weirdness involving the office phones of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. He also attempted to prank CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau by luring her onto a boat filled with sex toys, which makes the barn incident involving onetime colleague Nadia Naffe enlightening even if no charges came from it.

It’s true that the IRS violation committed by Project Veritas was technical and easily corrected. But it’s also true that it’s potentially a very big deal if a lot of money gets contributed to the group under false pretenses. It’s also true that it’s never a good idea to go out of your way to get on the bad side of the IRS.

If stupidity were painful or lethal, the world would be a more pleasant place. O’Keefe’s been cutting corners for a while, now, and if he keeps it up, we’re going to get an illustration of how much more pleasant it could be.

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