Pimps, Lies, and Videotapes
Inside Andrew Breitbart's and James O'Keefe's right-wing video fantasy factory.
Ever since ACORN was taken down by a bad pimp costume and a hidden camera, right-wing media mogul Andrew Breitbart and provocateur James O'Keefe have discovered that by the time their work is exposed as disingenuously edited hit jobs, the damage is done, and their brand has been boosted. As Breitbart told the AP, "I'm committed to the destruction of the old media guard. And it's a very good business model." Read the editors' note, "Why Do We Keep Falling for O'Keefe's Smear Jobs?" here. Below, their stings to date.
|ACORN||Community organizers helping an outrageously dressed pimp with "child prostitution, human trafficking and tax evasion."||O'Keefe didn’t wear a pimp costume in ACORN offices; ACORN later cleared of criminal wrongdoing.||Posted videos and gave them to Fox News; took credit: "I'm the guy that brought down ACORN."||Yes||Yes||ACORN lost federal funds, went bankrupt.|
|Attempted "probe" of the senator’s phones to see if she was ignoring calls about Obamacare.||Video seized when FBI arrested O'Keefe (PDF) for impersonating a phone-
|Disavowed any connection, but admitted O'Keefe was on his payroll at the time.||Yes||No||O'Keefe sentenced to 3 years probation.|
|US Census||Falsified timesheets "costing taxpayers an estimated $10,000,000."||Full video exposed sloppiness, not massive corruption.||Posted videos.||Yes||No||None|
|Black USDA official boasting of racism at an NAACP event.||True, pro-racial- harmony message of Sherrod's speech.||Posted video one week after NAACP criticized tea party’s racial politics.||No||Yes||Sherrod fired and now suing Breitbart.|
|O'Keefe tries to lure Boudreau on a yacht for a "counter-seduction satire."||Plan failed when female colleague of O'Keefe warned Boudreau.||Called O'Keefe’s plan "patently gross and offensive."||Yes||No||None|
|PP staffers helping pimp with child sex trafficking.||PP staffers alerted the Feds to impostor.||Promoted videos by Lila Rose, an O'Keefe protégé.||No||No||One PP staffer fired; no charges against PP.|
|NPR fundraisers caught wooing Muslim donors, slagging tea partiers.||NPR exec says he's a disaffected GOPer and quotes others like him.||Didn't post video, but praised O'Keefe’s tactics.||Yes||No||Two NPR executives axed, NPR federal funding in jeopardy.|
|O'Keefe cronies get ballots by posing as recently deceased voters, showing "the integrity of the elections process is severely comprised."||Oops—asking for a ballot using a false name is a crime, even if you don't cast a vote.||Not involved, but defended O'Keefe on Twitter.||Yes||No||Prosecutors could pursue state and federal voter fraud charges.|