LA Times’s James Rainey just making up quotes now?

posted at 4:44 pm on November 27, 2009 by Patterico

Allahpundit wrote up the background for this amusing story of Big Media fabrication here:

Patterico’s been needling LA Times columnist James Rainey for weeks over a column he wrote in late September defending ACORN, in which he uncritically accepted the assurances of a certain local employee that there’s no funny business going on in the L.A. office . . .

That certain local employee turned out to be the star of the latest ACORN video, from Los Angeles — and the ACORN employee whom Rainey had so naively quoted turned out to be willing to do “research” for Giles and O’Keefe to help them keep their underage prostitution ring off the books. This revelation prompted Allahpundit to say:

Can’t wait for Rainey’s next column.

Well, that column is here, and it’s full of the kind of butt-covering whitewashing and whining you would expect. I give a fuller synopsis of Rainey’s deceitful tactics at my blog. But what I want to bring to your attention is the following passage — in which, as best as I can tell, Rainey simply made something up out of whole cloth:

So what sort of creature does this make O’Keefe? I don’t disagree with his observation in a previous interview with The Times that he follows the mold of filmmaker Michael Moore, using confrontation to get at his version of the truth.

In an e-mail, O’Keefe told me today that Rainey’s statement is a “complete fabrication” that “borders on defamation as Moore uses apparent fancy cutting and pasting to make subjects look bad.” O’Keefe says Rainey’s statement “warrants a correction.”

Indeed, a search of the L.A. Times’s archives reveals exactly one piece that uses the terms “Michael Moore” and “O’Keefe.” That would be Rainey’s column from today.

I have written Rainey for a citation to his source. But somehow, I’m guessing that the “source” will turn out to be his hindquarters.

Just the latest example of the quality job we have come to expect from Big Media.

UPDATE: Rainey is apparently now claiming that O’Keefe made the comment to a reporter who didn’t publish it. Odd indeed. Details in an update to this post.

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The source will be his hindquarters.

Nicely played.

John the Libertarian on November 27, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Patterico?! Guestblogging or is this permanent?

Apologetic California on November 27, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Best looking Pimp and Hooker EVAH!

Where the real whores are the media.

Kini on November 27, 2009 at 4:52 PM

Stephen Glass, “want to be”.

Johan Klaus on November 27, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Rainey makes Dan Rather proud.

GT on November 27, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Patterico?! Guestblogging or is this permanent?

Apologetic California on November 27, 2009 at 4:50 PM

I think there is NOTHING to write about today, so other bloggers may be welcome to post today.

WashJeff on November 27, 2009 at 4:54 PM

Where the real whores are the media.

Kini on November 27, 2009 at 4:52 PM

With apologies to real whores

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2009 at 4:56 PM

With apologies to real whores

Schadenfreude on November 27, 2009 at 4:56 PM

At least with whores there’s a happy ending.
Not so much with the media. And you can’t get your money back.

Kini on November 27, 2009 at 4:59 PM

I used to blindly love our country and its First Amendment. I was involved in news events and found the reporting way off base, but thought it to be the exception. My first wife was born abroad and was cynical of every scrap of information she heard, saw or read. I would argue that we really didn’t have propaganda here.

Hannity says that “journalism died in 2008″ and his reporting isolation in covering news like Rev. Wright seem to bear out the contention. However, looking at such shows as “All in the Family” from the 1960′s, I wonder if we ever had an objective media. Or just no alternative sources.

Anyway, the left’s love of The One may end with permanent damage to the reputation of the press. I am sure that they are earning the slide in credibility that they are getting. But I don’t believe that Mr. Rainey and the rest appreciate the damage they are doing to an important part of our democracy.

IlikedAUH2O on November 27, 2009 at 4:59 PM

I heard Mr. O’Keefe say, in person, and with my own ears, that he “admires” Moore. But only because Moore has been effective for his cause NOT for his tactics.

Warner Todd Huston on November 27, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Speaking of ACORN, take a look at this crap at the NYT.

d1carter on November 27, 2009 at 5:00 PM

I’d like to see some of his old columns lambasting the hidden camera techniques on 60 Minutes and Dateline, or any reporters, including Pulitzer Prize winners, who went undercover.

Oh, he didn’t write any?

Drained Brain on November 27, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Or John Sanders or Jayson Blair.

Johan Klaus on November 27, 2009 at 5:01 PM

SEIU = PIMP
ACORN = WHOREHOUSE
LATIMES/RAINEY = WHOREHOUSE HOUSEKEEPER WHO CLEANS THE SHEETS.

reliapundit on November 27, 2009 at 5:01 PM

Pimp? Like a guy on Fox Business said, the guy looks like he is right out of Exeter or Andover. Not polished enough for Groton, though. Maybe that is what fooled ACORN. (Joke)

IlikedAUH2O on November 27, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Not coincidentally the LA Times has the double black diamond of all circulation graphs.

Ted Torgerson on November 27, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Thank God for editors, without which we never would’ve caught this.

LFRGary on November 27, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Anyway, the left’s love of The One may end with permanent damage to the reputation of the press. I am sure that they are earning the slide in credibility that they are getting. But I don’t believe that Mr. Rainey and the rest appreciate the damage they are doing to an important part of our democracy.

IlikedAUH2O on November 27, 2009 at 4:59 PM

As far as credibility is concerned, the press is in the same toilet as congress.

Johan Klaus on November 27, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Apologetic California on November 27, 2009 at 4:50 PM

I post here very occasionally.

Patterico on November 27, 2009 at 5:08 PM

At least with whores there’s a happy ending.
Not so much with the media. And you can’t get your money back.

Kini on November 27, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Hehehe

nyx on November 27, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Does Rainey mention that the ACORN employee he quoted previously has now been shown to be an enthusiastic consultant to underage prostitution rings.

forest on November 27, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Guerrilla stings of ACORN don’t meet standards of journalism

Rainey has the nuts to title his piece with that title?

lol

Two words that don’t go together today: Journalism and standards

darwin on November 27, 2009 at 5:10 PM

As far as credibility is concerned, the press is in the same toilet as congress.

Johan Klaus on November 27, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Funny, it wasn’t that way when the Republicans ruled.

docdave on November 27, 2009 at 5:14 PM

The difference between propaganda from a state-owned media and the “product” from American media is that the Americans inexplicably do it without a gun pointed at them.

We demand impartiality and integrity from our police and courts, principles that the press champions from coast to coast – and yet, they are unable or unwilling to adhere to the same principles that are just as important – if not more so – in their own profession.

No integrity – no impartiality – no trust.

n0doz on November 27, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Perhaps we can get James Rainey nominated for a Nobel Prize for ‘cutting edge’ “reporting”.

GarandFan on November 27, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Will there be a pamphlet or handy guide available to help track the IG scandal, the ACORN scandle, the climategate scandal, the chris dodd scandle, the barney frank scandle, the census worker (‘fed’) scandle, the geithner scandle, the anita dunne scandle the can jones scandle, the porkulus scandle, the cash for clunkers scandle, the… ?

Cuz I’,, finding it hard to keep up and with the way the media is covering this stuff I’m guessing your average joe has no idea all this stuff is going on.

WitchDoctor on November 27, 2009 at 5:31 PM

edit: “can jones” should be “van jones”

WitchDoctor on November 27, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Wow, haven’t seen Patterico post on HA in quite a while…cool!

I swear, how anyone could believe that dude was a real pimp is beyond me…

JetBoy on November 27, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Perhaps we can get James Rainey nominated for a Nobel Prize for ‘cutting edge’ “reporting”.

GarandFan on November 27, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Mary Mapes memogate,”fabricated but true” leninism.

Johan Klaus on November 27, 2009 at 5:40 PM

I remember O’Keefe referring to Borat awhile back in a tv interview. Which only shows that this writer writes from “memory” not research…as if that’s a shocker.

Ozprey on November 27, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Have you seen the latest? Holder’s DOJ acts favorably on behalf of ACORN re its lawsuit about funding: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/28/us/politics/28acorn.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1259355860-u1P2DRmPrdFQwFuMP5+Gww

onlineanalyst on November 27, 2009 at 5:40 PM

edit: “can jones” should be “van jones”

WitchDoctor on November 27, 2009 at 5:31 PM

They both work.

Johan Klaus on November 27, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Cuz I’,, finding it hard to keep up and with the way the media is covering this stuff I’m guessing your average joe has no idea all this stuff is going on.

WitchDoctor on November 27, 2009 at 5:31 PM

The short answer is No. How do I know this? My statist mother in law was at my house all day yesterday, and as courtesy (gulp!) to her (and my wife), I had CNN on the tube all day. Not one critical story about the Obama Administration. Even the party crasher story was done so obtusely such that a casual viewer would never have associated this security failure with the Obama Administration. The MSM ignores virtually all news, criticism, remarks, etc, from the other side of the aisle. The vast majority of Americans aren’t getting the truth. That’s why I think Foxnews should put seek to put some of its shows on its affiliates, at least something around the dinner time to get the other side’s point of view out into the general public. Just imagine Hannity, or even O’Reilly reaching tens of millions of households every night.

WordsMatter on November 27, 2009 at 5:43 PM

Cuz I’,, finding it hard to keep up and with the way the media is covering this stuff I’m guessing your average joe has no idea all this stuff is going on.

WitchDoctor on November 27, 2009 at 5:31 PM

Before it is over, it will take a one terabyte hard drive just to store the uh, uh, mistakes.

Johan Klaus on November 27, 2009 at 5:49 PM

I’m still waiting for the LATimes to release that video tape of Obama & a suspicious person of interest. It seems the the LATimes wants to be reknowned for stories that are based on errors by omission. If they have evidense that the editors/owners feel the public doesn’t need to know about, the public will not find out about it unless the public accidently becomes aware many months later. If LATimes says that all of the evidense has been put out there well, … it is more likely that they are omitting factual evidense to protect a pre-arranged agenda. The ideology card seems to have been substituted for the basic principle of journalism – “An obligation for the truth.”

How is the LATimes doing financially? Where I live, the progressive paper went out of business. It was a bad business model for a center right country I suspect.

I haven’t heard anything lately about the media being bailed out for quite sometime. Are we not hearing about that because that would mean that the media is omitting to report on themselves? Can that be possible or can we now determine that to be a certainty.

What happens when the American public can no loger trust a news service? An industries integrity is a terrible thing to lose especially when your readership starts to call you the fifth column in lieu of the fourth estate.

Americannodash on November 27, 2009 at 5:56 PM

Journalists don’t need to back up statements with fact.

Get real.

jukin on November 27, 2009 at 5:57 PM

onlineanalyst on November 27, 2009 at 5:40 PM

It’s even better! It appears The Unprecedented’s Justice Department has finally discovered an enforceable contract (from the NYT article):

A Housing and Urban Development lawyer asked the Justice Department whether the new law meant that pre-existing contracts with Acorn should be broken. But in a memorandum signed Oct. 23 and posted online this week, Mr. Barron said the government should continue to make payments to Acorn as required by such contracts.

The new law “should not be read as directing or authorizing HUD to breach a pre-existing binding contractual obligation to make payments to Acorn or its affiliates, subsidiaries or allied organizations where doing so would give rise to contractual liability,” Mr. Barron wrote.

How do you like them apples AIG employees, bailed-out banks’ employees, Chrysler bondholders, GM bondholders and any other suckers who thought the Federal government was bound by the rule of law?

ya2daup on November 27, 2009 at 6:06 PM

I have written Rainey for a citation to his source. But somehow, I’m guessing that the “source” will turn out to be his hindquarters.

Let’s not forget….Rainey may possibly be under the influence of Kool Aid too!

BigMike252 on November 27, 2009 at 6:06 PM

onlineanalyst on November 27, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Yeah, and Jerry Brown is waffling on investigating ACORN also.
After all, ACORN is a democrat voting machine.
They vote early and often and then get bussed over to the next precinct.

Kini on November 27, 2009 at 6:06 PM

ya2daup on November 27, 2009 at 6:06 PM

I latched on to that selective enforcement and recognition of contractual law, too.

This double standard smells to high heaven.

onlineanalyst on November 27, 2009 at 6:11 PM

I have written Rainey for a citation to his source. But somehow, I’m guessing that the “source” will turn out to be his hindquarters.

Either that or Michael Hiltzik’s sock puppet.

unclesmrgol on November 27, 2009 at 6:12 PM

That the kind of crap one would expect to find in the LATrines.

jgapinoy on November 27, 2009 at 6:14 PM

Damn I thought there would be some pictures of Hanna what with that cover picture and all………*disappointment*

KMC1 on November 27, 2009 at 6:18 PM

onlineanalyst on November 27, 2009 at 5:40 PM

Maobama, Holder and the entire organization that is his cabinet and administration are ACORN, SEIU and anti capitalist, and Enviro-nut Marxist-esque useful idiots. They will never prosceute one of their operative mokeys. Never. Some, as we’ve seen may get a toss under the bus for the good of the ‘greater cause’, but expect nothing to clean up this organization beyond what could be reasonably expected from a Mafia claim of them “going legit”.
These people are going to have to be removed.

Elections have consequences.

Itchee Dryback on November 27, 2009 at 6:19 PM

To follow in the mold of filmmaker Michael Moore would require a couple dozen O’Keefes.

ray on November 27, 2009 at 6:20 PM

At least, for now, the whores at the L A Times are not underage.

volsense on November 27, 2009 at 6:22 PM

At least, for now, the whores at the L A Times are not underage.

volsense on November 27, 2009 at 6:22 PM

Depends on which whores you are referring to. The ones that work there, or the ones employed by those who work there.

ray on November 27, 2009 at 6:24 PM

Is this the same LA Times that sold advertising space to NBC and printed their ad, designed to look like a real article…

On Page 1, above the fold?

And this guy is taking on two kids merely pretending to be a hooker and her pimp.

What bilge.

TXUS on November 27, 2009 at 6:25 PM

Is it that, just maybe, Rainey the Lefty understands that it is an ultimate insult to be compared to that POS Moore?

Doorgunner on November 27, 2009 at 6:52 PM

Drudge saying that Eric Holder says ok to pay ACORN for services and start back funding. Did anyone seriously expect anything different from the most corrupt administration evah

bluegrass on November 27, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Great to see Patterico at Hot Air. I follow both blogs on ~ daily basis but it’s nice to see the cross-pollination.

DaMav on November 27, 2009 at 7:06 PM

bluegrass on November 27, 2009 at 6:54 PM

The Holder DOJ decision re ACORN deserves its own thread. This travesty of justice is flying under the radar while everyone is focusing on the media-whore gatecrashers.

onlineanalyst on November 27, 2009 at 7:10 PM

I wouldn’t call what Moore does “fancy editing”. Fancy editing is a wipe transition married to a pan, or a cross fade into similarly framed shots of different scenes — see “Highlander” for some great examples.

What Moore does is blatant lying. Pasting lines from two different speeches together, with the cut “hidden” by a supposed audience reaction shot, as he reportedly did to Charlton Heston, isn’t “fancy” — it’s a lie.

Crawford on November 27, 2009 at 7:36 PM

IlikedAUH2O on November 27, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Journalism slow death began in 1963 when they changed the rules of the game to not just reporting the facts but interpreting the facts for the rubes.

chemman on November 27, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Drudge saying that Eric Holder says ok to pay ACORN for services and start back funding. Did anyone seriously expect anything different from the most corrupt administration evah

bluegrass on November 27, 2009 at 6:54 PM

When the filthy lying coward in the White House once was ACORN’s lawyer, what else do you expect. Given a different time, it would have been Obama telling the kids how to avoid trouble in bringing in underage whores to Chicago.

highhopes on November 27, 2009 at 7:50 PM

Katie couric, Diane Sawyer. Barbara Walters. Andrea Mitchell.

Old washed up worn ouy reTtirees and future hawkers of Depend undergarments and pickled garlic based dishes.

Always reliable. In a pinch.

Wink wink.

Key West Reader on November 27, 2009 at 8:19 PM

The fix of course is more freedom of speech not less, only in a PC/liberal modified first amendment environment can lies be floated as legitimate and go un-castigated by opposing big media.

Speakup on November 27, 2009 at 8:35 PM

MSM 2009=Ministry of Truth.
They are all Winston Smith after the rat to the face.
End of story.

HAnthonyWayne on November 27, 2009 at 9:13 PM

More journalism. Still don’t miss it.

spmat on November 27, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Anybody who has ever been interviewed or covered by a reporter knows that they routinely make stuff up; nobody complains when the fantasy quotes are innocuous or complimentary but when you have a reporter like Rainey, who has an agenda, mendacity is a minor inconvenience until he meets a guy like Patterico.

mr1216 on November 27, 2009 at 10:03 PM

I swear, how anyone could believe that dude was a real pimp is beyond me…

JetBoy on November 27, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Either one of them. That’s the funny (and completely inexplicable) part. How dumb are those ACORN saps?

misterpeasea on November 27, 2009 at 11:13 PM

I still think it’s hilarious that those ACORN idiots fell for O’Keefe’s getup. He looks like a white Huggy Bear. I wonder if he drove up in an El Dorado. LOL

ddrintn on November 27, 2009 at 11:51 PM

I wonder if he drove up in an El Dorado. LOL

’74 Lincoln Continental with the spare tire rack on the back, aka “Continental Kit”.

Smooove.

OkieDoc on November 28, 2009 at 2:11 AM

Typical media.
Kill the messenger.

faol on November 28, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Holder apparently says the government can continue with the ACORN contracts.

He’s batting 100%. *haha

AnninCA on November 28, 2009 at 10:28 AM

IlikedAUH2O on November 27, 2009

I think the death of journalism predated campaign 2008. For me it happened when the media lined up behind Monica to claw at Billy Jeff’s zipper.

SKYFOX on November 28, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Hannity says that “journalism died in 2008″ and his reporting isolation in covering news like Rev.

IlikedAUH2O on November 27, 2009 at 4:59 PM

Real journalism died back in the 60′s, if not before. It’s took till the 90′s for the stench to become so bad that it could no longer be ignored.

What the press did for Obama was no worse then what they did for Kerry. Obama’s advantage was that he was more telegenic and had white guilt going for him as well.

MarkTheGreat on November 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM