Wednesday, September 29, 2010

It's fun watching James O'Keefe fail

He should know by now that he's known for lying with video and on video. I'd like to think his shenanigans wouldn't have worked, but maybe a few of the people who believed the ACORN videos might have bought it.



Anonymous said...

Its such a crazy plot that I am amazed he would actually think it would work or that it was a good idea.

Chalicechick said...

At least a few people believed he was a pimp or at least believed the relatively streetwise ACORN employees thought he was a pimp despite his frat kid Halloween costume outfit and when he and Beitbart said that the public didn't need to see the original tapes because their edits were accurate, lots of people believed them.

I guess he thinks he can get people to believe anything.


Joel Monka said...

"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." The old adage doesn't extend to the third or fourth or fifth time, unless wells and buckets become involved. He needs to develop a new angle if he wants anyone to bite on it again.

Chalicechick said...

Technically, he did get away with it three times before this. In 2006, he and a pregnant girl who claimed she was underage went around to Planned Parenthood clinics. The "girl" said that he was her older boyfriend and she wanted to keep him out of trouble. When the clinics went along with what she said she wanted and didn't report him, he produced a video accusing them of promoting child rape than cost Planned Parenthood over a million dollars in pulled grants.

Then he caused a minor scandal by calling lots and lots of Planned Parenthood clinics, offering them donations with the stated goal of reducing the number of minority babies, heavily editing the most damning recordings and sending them to the media. The Planned Parenthood representatives who took the money, saying things like "We will take it, no matter what your reason for giving it" got in lots of trouble and planned parenthood got accused of "genocide."

He also took a job with the Census earlier this year and got some footage of himself goofing off on the job for a few hours and getting away with it. Nobody really cared about that one, so I don't think it really counts. Of course, it is a violation of federal law to fake your Census time sheets, but I'm sure he would have created video of himself as a big victim if anyone had pursued that.

Anyway, the GAO went over ACORN with a fine-toothed comb and found that O'Keefe's claims of mismanagement were unfounded. No one whom O'Keefe has taped has ever been prosecuted once the UNEDITED versions of his tape were given to prosecutors under subpeona (the only way he ever releases unedited footage), but he's good enough at editing to make a lot of people look bad and create the kind of bad publicity that causes trouble no matter the truth of the accusations.

In a world where we're not sure if Obama is a Muslim, he can do a lot of damage.