James O’Keefe, the film maker who almost singlehandedly laid ACORN low, was lionized on the right for his efforts in revealing the nature of the far left advocacy group and their horrific ethics and standards.
O’Keefe has obviously allowed the fame to go to his head. He was arrested today for helping 3 others to bug Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu’s office:
The FBI, alleging a plot to wiretap Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in downtown New Orleans, arrested four people Monday, including James O’Keefe, a conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos at ACORN field offices severely damaged the advocacy group’s credibility.
FBI Special Agent Steven Rayes alleges that O’Keefe aided and abetted two others, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who dressed up as employees of a telephone company and attempted to interfere with the office’s telephone system.
A fourth person, Stan Dai, was accused of aiding and abetting Basel and Flanagan. All four were charged with entering fedral property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony.
Time for the left to brush off all those Watergate analogies they’ve got stored away in their right wing attack closet. I expect the tsunami to hit right before dinner time and continue for days.
What O’Keefe was doing there we are not 100% sure…well, more like 95% sure:
A witness from Landrieu’s staff said O’Keefe was present in the office and claimed to be “waiting for someone to arrive.”
“Because the details of yesterday’s incident are part of an ongoing investigation by federal authorities, our office cannot comment at this time,” said Landrieu spokesman Aaron Saunders.
O’Keefe on Thursday gave a speech to Libertarian Pelican Institute for Public Policy in New Orleans. O’Keefe was hailed as a conservative hero for dressing as a pimp and taping ACORN employees offering advice on how he and a partner could get away with running an international under-age prostitution scheme.
It appears to me that all of this notoriety went to the kid’s head and he began to see himself as some kind of avenging angel for the right. He certainly was cashing in on his fame:
The New Orleans event was promoted with this glowing statement about O’Keefe by the Pelican Institute: “James has been a pioneer in the use of new media to drive these kinds of important stories. He will discuss the role of new media and show examples of effective investigative reporting.
Prior to O’Keefe’s ACORN gig, the self described “progressive radical” also pulled a sting operation on Planned Parenthood, sending a young looking female into the clinics, claiming to be underage but wanting an abortion. The saleswomen at PP were only too glad to oblige.
But this guy is no journalist - conservative or otherwise. He’s a glory hound. And, if these charges pan out, prove the adage that you’re only as good as your next spectacular. The nature of modern celebrity demanded that O’Keefe try and top his ACORN show. Taping the private conversations of Landrieu and spilling them out all over YouTube would have kept him on top of the heap.
Fortunately, the FBI had other ideas and now O’Keefe faces the prospect of doing hard hitting exposes about prison food.
What a dope.
The FBI affidavit has the guy dead to rights. “…”O’Keefe positioned the cellular phone in his hand so as to record Flanagan and Basel…”
Not exactly an innocent bystander, eh?