CNN accuses James O’Keefe of bizarre prank

posted at 10:03 pm on September 29, 2010 by Allahpundit

There’s no way to summarize this story. It’s simply too detailed and too weird, so take the time to either watch the clip below at Mediaite or read CNN’s write-up (and Boudreau’s blog post) about what went down. Here’s my best try: She says she was invited to meet O’Keefe to talk about a documentary on young conservatives that CNN was making. One of his colleagues allegedly approached her when she arrived and told her that it was a set-up, that she was going to be invited onto a boat and then pranked by O’Keefe hitting on her during their chat while hidden video cameras rolled. Boudreau decided to leave, and then O’Keefe’s colleague e-mailed her a series of e-mails and a “script” for the prank showing that the boat was set up to be an over-the-top “palace of pleasure” replete with strawberries, champagne, a “condom jar,” fuzzy handcuffs, and, er, sex toys. (In the clip, Boudreau claims that some parts of the document are so explicit that they can’t reveal all of it.) The idea, supposedly, was to embarrass Boudreau as retaliation for the embarrassment that young conservatives would suffer from CNN’s sure-to-be-unfair documentary.

When CNN asked O’Keefe if the script was real and whether he approved of it, here’s what he said:

The document states it was written by “Ben.” According to the e-mail chain obtained by CNN, Ben Wetmore sent the document to O’Keefe and Santa. In a statement e-mailed to CNN, O’Keefe wrote: “That is not my work product. When it was sent to me, I immediately found certain elements highly objectionable and inappropriate, and did not consider them for one minute following it.”

As you’ll see in the clip, Boudreau doesn’t believe him. And, as Tommy Christopher notes, she adds a new detail about the script: Apparently it raised the prospect of her being reduced to tears and asking to be let off the boat, which, if true, turns this from a phony seduction into something else altogether. Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center says the prank was “ugly, dishonest and filthy,” and Caleb Howe at Red State calls it “sick” and salutes O’Keefe’s colleague for tipping her off before it happened. I was hoping O’Keefe would respond at length to CNN somewhere online tonight, but presumably that’ll come later this week. What I can’t quite grasp is how, if he and his team really did intend to follow the script and film Boudreau on the boat with sex toys scattered around, they could have conceivably released the resulting video and thought people would like it. That may be their best defense, actually — that no one seriously could have thought this was a good idea and that the script was just a raunchy joke being circulated among the team, never meant to be implemented. (The other defense, presumably, will be that the colleague who tipped off Boudreau is lying.) In any case, you’re now up to speed. We’ll hear O’Keefe’s side of it soon enough, I’m sure. Click the image to watch.

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One thing is for certain. Everyone will be tuning in to CNN’s special on young conservatives.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:26 AM

Yeah, so if this was a strange joke, I guess its on us.

sharrukin on September 30, 2010 at 12:28 AM

O’Keefe press conference with the NY Jets standing behind him.

SouthernGent on September 30, 2010 at 12:33 AM

sharrukin on September 30, 2010 at 12:28 AM

Deep in my heart I doubt either of us will be watching.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:35 AM

This is all so obnoxiously stupid that I’m a little embarrassed to even be hashing it out, but…

-According to O’Keefe’s statement, the script was at least circulated past his desk.

-Izzy Santo presented the stunt to Boudreau as if it were going to happen. That night, as soon as she got on the boat. If that was O’Keefe’s plan, i.e. he was just waiting harmlessly in the boat, it’s still really creepy. Much as I love the old, “get on a boat alone with a guy btw he’s got dildos” gag, I can see where she’d be freaked out.

-This is supposed to be a conservative website. What the heck, guys. It’s okay to treat women this way now, as long as they’re liberals?

RightOFLeft on September 30, 2010 at 12:37 AM

Deep in my heart I doubt either of us will be watching.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:35 AM

Well, hopefully we will be making fun of how silly it is on Hotair.

sharrukin on September 30, 2010 at 12:39 AM

How sad, the descent into LGF land, can we have fact before speculation? anyone?

Bobnormal on September 30, 2010 at 12:41 AM

-This is supposed to be a conservative website. What the heck, guys. It’s okay to treat women this way now, as long as they’re liberals?

RightOFLeft on September 30, 2010 at 12:37 AM

Not many are saying any such thing. Most of us have no idea what is going on and we don’t trust a single solitary word CNN says.

sharrukin on September 30, 2010 at 12:41 AM

-According to O’Keefe’s statement, the script was at least circulated past his desk.

RightOFLeft on September 30, 2010 at 12:37 AM

According to O’Keefe’s statement, it was rejected at his desk. What statement are you reading?

Ronnie on September 30, 2010 at 12:41 AM

-This is supposed to be a conservative website. What the heck, guys. It’s okay to treat women this way now, as long as they’re liberals?

RightOFLeft on September 30, 2010 at 12:37 AM

Is it really shocking to you that people are hypocritical when it comes to politics?

Proud Rino on September 30, 2010 at 12:42 AM

Is it really shocking to you that people are hypocritical when it comes to politics?

Proud Rino on September 30, 2010 at 12:42 AM

Says the liberal troll.

sharrukin on September 30, 2010 at 12:43 AM

Replace CNN with FOX, Boudreau with Megyn Kelly, and O’Keefe with Morgan Spurlock(or any other liberal filmmaker). HA would burn down.

MadisonConservative on September 29, 2010 at 10:21 PM

You betcha…

AprilOrit on September 30, 2010 at 12:44 AM

I just went over to Ace’s site and have a much clearer idea of what this was suppose to be.

There’s a context here: The New Republic ran a story called “Spring Breakdown” in the 90s depicting out-of-control sexually bestial conservatives going wild at CPAC. That story was by Stephen Glass. It was completely made up.

But no one questioned it much because, hey, conservatives suck, right? Everyone knows that, right?

Although O’Keefe is being depicted by CNN as if he intended to actually “seduce” this reporter, I think he means “seduce” as in “mentally seduce” as in “con.” He was going to play to her preconceived biases to the hilt, and just get ridiculously jiggy with it, and then expose her for having not picked up on what would seem in retrospect like an obvious scam.

If it turns out he did really mean to seduce her, well, that’s weird, and I’ll eat my words But I think he just meant to be silly.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:46 AM

AprilOrit on September 30, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Please, Ms. Kelly would have kicked whoever’s hindquarters.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:47 AM

Replace CNN with FOX, Boudreau with Megyn Kelly, and O’Keefe with Morgan Spurlock(or any other liberal filmmaker)…..

MadisonConservative on September 29, 2010 at 10:21 PM

…and you’ve got a sequel to Borat.

Ronnie on September 30, 2010 at 12:51 AM

I don’t see what the problem is with O’Keefe. He clearly said it was something he found inappropriate. He clearly stated with was something created by Ben, the same person who tipped off this woman.

Sounds like O’Keefe has some nutjob working with him. Even the email chain shows it was this Ben person who sent it to O’Keefe and Santo. So, that jives with what O’Keefe is saying about it being Ben’s work.

ButterflyDragon on September 30, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Or how about this? Replace CNN with Congress, O’Keefe with Steven Colbert, and dildos with gay Iowans and you’ve got our government’s approach to illegal immigration.

Ronnie on September 30, 2010 at 12:54 AM

How is that a joke? Also, she’s got a Master’s Degree from Northwestern. If you’ve got something superior to that, then I guess you get to call her a dim bulb, but I’m 99% certain that you don’t.

Proud Rino on September 30, 2010 at 12:10 AM

You should go in a time machine and tell the commenters at KOS/DU/every other single ****ing website on the planet that George W. Bush has an MBA from Harvard and I’m 99.999999% certain that they don’t.

But hey, I guess we can suspend the “my degree’s **** is bigger than your degree’s ****” card whenever it’s inconvenient.

Maybe that’s why you don’t like Paladino. After all, he “only” has a J.D. from Syracuse. How quaint.

Good Solid B-Plus on September 30, 2010 at 12:56 AM

Maybe this guy Ben just O’Keefed O’Keefe.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 12:58 AM

I’m betting that O’Keefe’s got recordings of Ms. Bodreau trying exactly what he claims in the script. She’s fallen for it hook, line, sinker, giving him exactly the publicity he needs.

We’ll see what video and audio O’Keefe really has later this week.

Izzy is key — when he speaks, we will know.

unclesmrgol on September 30, 2010 at 12:15 AM

Ahem, Izzy is a young Conservative lady who was uncomfortable with his behavior – and spilled the beans.

Exit question – whatever made that troll O’Keefe believe he could ever possibly pull this off with someone like Abbie Boudreau?

He needs to stop sucking on the bong, seriously.

AprilOrit on September 30, 2010 at 1:03 AM

I don’t see what the problem is with O’Keefe. He clearly said it was something he found inappropriate. He clearly stated with was something created by Ben, the same person who tipped off this woman.

Sounds like O’Keefe has some nutjob working with him. Even the email chain shows it was this Ben person who sent it to O’Keefe and Santo. So, that jives with what O’Keefe is saying about it being Ben’s work.

ButterflyDragon on September 30, 2010 at 12:51 AM

Yeah, nice try.

Unfortunately the guy waiting on the boat was The Monster O’Keefe, not Ben….

AprilOrit on September 30, 2010 at 1:05 AM

Only got this far and saw this

couldn’t pull it off because she bailed at the last minute

that’s assuming alot.
1. she knew she’d like it, just not with O’k
2. Her cameraman was too busy lhao at her predickament.
3. when she saw that Hannah wasn’t there, oh no…

Apologies to the host for being the last one to leave the party.

jmhfo

OkieDoc on September 30, 2010 at 1:14 AM

If Mr. O’Keefe thought he could “seduce” this woman I have to say he is a legend in his own mind. This is another place that the Megyn Kelly comparison doesn’t add up. She would eat the average guy for lunch. I guess that’s why I keep coming back to the story, it doesn’t make any since. It’s like the Daily Caller/National Review feud, just goofy.

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 1:25 AM

Yeah, nice try.

Unfortunately the guy waiting on the boat was The Monster O’Keefe, not Ben….

AprilOrit on September 30, 2010 at 1:05 AM

Who was waiting on a boat? Where was this boat at? You act like this happened.

Are you trying to tell me that you believe someone sent an idea out to James O’Keefe to embarrass this CNN reporter and then sabotages his own idea by informing her that it’s a prank?

Whoever Ben is, he’s obviously unstable.

Again, I’m guessing it’s a little beyond the average person’s intelligence to see the connecting dots.

Ben creates plan and sends it to O’Keefe. O’Keefe says no. Ben tips off CNN reporter that they’re planning on playing a prank on her. The same prank that was turned down by O’Keefe.

Sorry, but it sounds like Ben just pulled a prank on O’Keefe. Of course, where I come from it’s called “setting a person up”, not a prank.

And let’s stop with the prank word on this idea of Ben’s as well. It wasn’t a “prank”. It would have been kidnapping.

ButterflyDragon on September 30, 2010 at 1:28 AM

Maybe that’s why you don’t like Paladino. After all, he “only” has a J.D. from Syracuse. How quaint.

Good Solid B-Plus on September 30, 2010 at 12:56 AM

I’m not sure whether you’re trying to suggest that Syracuse is a good law school here…..but if you are, you’re very, very mistaken. Syracuse Law is actually really crappy. Even Joe Biden got in.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:29 AM

Well, it’s certainly ‘October’ in a crucial election year, isn’t it?

Libs making s@#$ up out of whole cloth, getting mainstream media to regurgitate it, and conservative blogs eagerly eating their own by helping give the bogus/non-story legs.

Brilliant.

O’Keefe said he nixed it; story’s over unless we want to take the lib media’s hysterical word on it.

Whitman said she didn’t know the maid was illegal, and did, in fact, fire her when she found out she was illegal; story’s over unless we want to take the lib media’s word on it.

Why are we granting credence to any of this again?

Midas on September 30, 2010 at 1:34 AM

Midas on September 30, 2010 at 1:34 AM

Why does Sec. Powell get a pass if a legit company hires illegals but Ms. Whitman is held responsible for an employment agency not doing their job?

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 1:40 AM

Yeah, nice try.

Unfortunately the guy waiting on the boat was The Monster O’Keefe, not Ben….

AprilOrit on September 30, 2010 at 1:05 AM

I probably should have watched the CNN video before commenting earlier rather than just read Allah’s take on it. (He left out a lot of important information it would seem)

Now that I know she actually saw him on the boat, that’s pretty creepy.

ButterflyDragon on September 30, 2010 at 1:46 AM

Totally Off Topic, but this thread is still alive and these are just too hilarious to miss.

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aquaviva on September 30, 2010 at 1:49 AM

I’m not sure whether you’re trying to suggest that Syracuse is a good law school here…..but if you are, you’re very, very mistaken. Syracuse Law is actually really crappy. Even Joe Biden got in.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:29 AM

Yeah, what did Joe Biden ever do?

Not like he’s the Vice President or anything….

And because you have poor reading comprehension, I was saying that PR must dislike Paladino because as a Syracuse law grad he falls short of PR’s elitist standards. I mean, how dare that cow college grad aspire to be the governor of the great state of New York. A prole like Paladino should know his place.

Good Solid B-Plus on September 30, 2010 at 1:56 AM

Brent Bozell has unequivocally denounced this and O’Keefe. I doubt he’d do that unless he had good reason to believe it’s true.

Please. Brent won’t be able to sleep tonight because he saw the word “condoms” in the story.

xblade on September 30, 2010 at 3:07 AM

Unfair light- ACORN is a poor little innocent organization. Yea right! These liberals will say anything

Nearly Nobody on September 30, 2010 at 3:35 AM

what a crock

Nearly Nobody on September 30, 2010 at 3:35 AM

The whole point is nothing happened, the timing of the report and expose is suspicious, and O’Keefe knew he would be a target by the press and Obama agencies. They have to destroy this guy for what he did to Acorn. It was hilarious when this reporter said O’Keefe wanted to discredit CNN’s credibility.

She doesn’t seem to know that they had already destroyed CNN’s credibility years ago themselves.

It would be hilarious if he set this up only to wait for this reporter to do her special…and he would declare that he set her up to do this type of reporting against him and Fox. This of course will have to mean that there is nothing to the reporters claims.

Which I hope can be proved to be untrue.

dec5 on September 30, 2010 at 3:57 AM

O’Keefe has given off a “weirdo” vibe since his first prank. He has shifty eyes.

Come on, do a gut check and be candid: you felt it too.

If he was a leftist, you’d be calling him a nutjob.

His judgment is poor and so is Breitbart’s for continuing to promote him as some kind of hero. The ACORN thing was great.

But that was the kid’s one big idea and he’s chasing the fame dragon now.

fivefeetoffury on September 30, 2010 at 6:13 AM

How sad, the descent into LGF land, can we have fact before speculation? anyone?

Bobnormal on September 30, 2010 at 12:41 AM

No.

/

Look at the list of items needed for the prank. Sorry but this was not serious.

CWforFreedom on September 30, 2010 at 6:23 AM

Come on, do a gut check and be candid: you felt it too.

fivefeetoffury on September 30, 2010 at 6:13 AM

Uh no I didn’t.

CWforFreedom on September 30, 2010 at 6:24 AM

Good lord this reeks to high heaven,and on zee
el creepo side,and where and the sam h*ll was
the main objective of this so-called mission!!

Pure Crazy Talk Confusion,and it paints O’Keefe
in a very bad light indeed!!

Ugh and Nuts me thinks,credibility and integrity got
a sh*t kicking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on September 30, 2010 at 6:26 AM

Yeah, what did Joe Biden ever do? Not like he’s the Vice President or anything….

Good Solid B-Plus on September 30, 2010 at 1:56 AM

Ref: Point goes to crrvx. Joe Biden is an intellectual paraplegic, and if he went to Syracuse, the law school sucks. No further debate is warranted on that point.

Jaibones on September 30, 2010 at 6:33 AM

O’keefe’s M.O. is to show how people in their own environments will offer the truth of their lies and illegal practices. I would be very surprised if he would set up such an elaborate scheme just to embarass a reporterette and CNN.

toongoon on September 30, 2010 at 7:17 AM

And I wouldn’t put past any of the media outlets to come up with this kind of a scenario to beat up on O’Keefe. They are leftist after all. They realized a long time ago that making news was much more politically advantageous than just reporting it.

toongoon on September 30, 2010 at 7:23 AM

O’keefe has decided to go the Geraldo route of journalism…

Bradky on September 30, 2010 at 7:27 AM

toongoon on September 30, 2010 at 7:17 AM

agree…

cmsinaz on September 30, 2010 at 7:29 AM

I smell setup.

Johnnyreb on September 30, 2010 at 7:40 AM

the script was just a raunchy joke being circulated among the team, never meant to be implemented

That would be my bet. Either that or somehow a setup. I just can’t imagine O’Keefe being serious about something so stupid as that.

petefrt on September 30, 2010 at 7:49 AM

Wow, O’Keefe is worse than O’Donnell. We need to throw him under the bus.

WordsMatter on September 30, 2010 at 7:53 AM

So now the media have gone from claiming stuff happened (e.g., Rathergate) to claiming stuff DIDN’T happen but MIGHT have (e.g., this story, which I’m finding a little hard to swallow at this point).

Yeah, I can see how people’s mistrust of the media might be misplaced. /sarc

Aitch748 on September 30, 2010 at 8:15 AM

CNN’s Peter Arnett accused the United States of bombing Saddam Hussein’s “baby milk” factories and also at CNN along with DNC lackey Jeff Greenfield created the “Tailwind” fraud …

Next.

viking01 on September 30, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Was this meant to be troll bait? Regular conservatives here should know better to wait for the rest of the story. The trolls and mobys will however be pouncing. Yeah, Nature Boy, I’m looking at you!

Queen0fCups on September 30, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Seems a lot of the folks in this thread are ready to hang O’Keefe without a trial, and not just the usual lib trolls.

Next time you folks get a jury summons, do your would-be victim a favor and stay home.

Please. Brent won’t be able to sleep tonight because he saw the word “condoms” in the story.

xblade on September 30, 2010 at 3:07 AM

+1,000

That was too funny.

SuperCool on September 30, 2010 at 8:53 AM

Brent Bozell and Caleb Howe have weak stomachs. No more rules.

THE CHOSEN ONE on September 30, 2010 at 8:59 AM

and that we need a lot more proof before we crucify O’Keefe for the 2nd time, but hey, I don’t run the blog.

Good Solid B-Plus on September 29, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Again, I agree. Which is why I didn’t crucify him, and why the only direct quote in the post is O’Keefe’s condemnation of the script.

Allahpundit on September 29, 2010 at 10:41 PM

I love how you guys treat O’Keefe like he’s some serious person; like he’s going to have anything of value to say.

As I’ve said before, I knew 5 seconds into his first video that this guy was just some idiot. It shows O’Keefe, dressed in a blue dress shirt, khaki pants and loafers, walking with his “ho” dressed in a gaudy fur coat, a feather boa and short mini skirt. A voice-over of an ACORN employee says “He was dressed conservatively…” Cue Record scratch and O’Keefe’s voice asking incredulously “conservatively?” before indignantly describing the GIRL’S outfit.

It was a slight-of-hand trick, a poorly done one at that considering it was so obvious. But most importantly and tellingly, it was dishonest.

This pattern of dishonestly through selective editing and permeated all the ACORN tapes. Two separate criminal investigations found no wrong doing associated with the actions of people in the tapes.

That alone should have been enough to discredit this kid.

Then there was the arrest for the botched attempt to plant a bug in a senator’s (rep’s?) office. Then there was the exceedingly lame video of O’Keefe “nailing” a census trainer for letting trainees go a half hour early.

Now there’s this story and you’re all waiting for his response as if you haven’t seen enough to know this guy is a joke.

But, I’m being pessimistic. I suppose there’s a chance your new-media messiah will emerge from his tomb and put forth words that will expose CNN as frauds and liars and restore proper order to the world.

Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Tom_Shipley on September 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

CNN sends a lone Journalist to a meeting for an interview, no producers, cameramen, make up people and then say they were tipped off about an alleged set up to embarrass her. Maybe there is more to this story than we have been told.

Guest1.1 on September 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Let’s see …….. Who Cares!

James needs to have a little fun!

BigMike252 on September 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM

Right now we have a he said, she said story. One or both people are lying. I agree with SuperCool, wait and see how this story works out.

O’keefe may very well be a one trick pony. But his one trick discredited ACORN. Most reporters go their entire careers without getting a story half as big.

And as a side note I have just received my notice for Jury Duty.

jpmn on September 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM

As I’ve said before, I knew 5 seconds into his first video that this guy was just some idiot. It shows O’Keefe, dressed in a blue dress shirt, khaki pants and loafers, walking with his “ho” dressed in a gaudy fur coat, a feather boa and short mini skirt. Tom_Shipley on September 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Isn’t that kind of the point? Who in the world would have treated those two kids seriously? Doesn’t it make you wonder what the helpful people at ACORN see on a daily basis in the way of clientele?

Cindy Munford on September 30, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Until we know more, I just really don’t have an opinion to give. Other then to say….could this be an October surprise by CNN? It’s obvious who they support, who they stand by. Wasn’t it one of their own that used the derrogatory term of tea baggers first? Cooper I believe was one of them.

So why would CNN make a documentary on Conservatives, that cast us in a good light? This is all very suspect to me. Perhaps this pal of Okeefes has been a plant all along? It’s just a little to weird right now, and I don’t think all the facts are out there for us to see.

capejasmine on September 30, 2010 at 10:19 AM

I just don’t see him pulling a stunt like that. But who knows. I guess we will see soon enough.

jeffn21 on September 30, 2010 at 10:36 AM

So why would CNN make a documentary on Conservatives, that cast us in a good light? This is all very suspect to me.

Like I said last night:

I like how the CNN chic tells Sanchez she was just doing an innocent little piece on “young conservatives who are excited and passionate about their viewpoints”.

Meanwhile, a lower-third ad for the show depicts these “passionate” young guns as: “the Video Provocateur”, “the Ambush Interviewer” and “the Anti-Gay Operative”.

The Zoo Keeper on September 30, 2010 at 10:45 AM

So wait, let me get this straight.

Some guy named Ben: Hey! You know what would be funny! Let’s do this really gross thing where we act all pr0n-y and gross to a CNN anchor… but only as a joke! Maybe we can get her to cry!

O’Keefe: LOLWUT? Um, no. Inappropriate.

Some guy named Ben: Hey CNN lady! You know what someone suggested to O’keefe? It was this really pr0n-y and gross thing… but only as a joke! He was going to try to get you to cry!

CNN Lady: That’s really offensive! And obviously news! Let’s run it!

Jewels on September 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

So wait, let me get this straight.

Jewels on September 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Straightening fail.

Proud Rino on September 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

O’keefe may very well be a one trick pony.

jpmn on September 30, 2010 at 9:12 AM

This is what I think – he’s a weirdo creep who happened to actually do something worthwhile that one time, and now he’s finding it very difficult to do something similarly effective. So he does the stupid stunt in Landrieu’s office, which netted him some nice community service and a fine, and he does his pointless video reporting on how census workers were let go a half hour early sometimes, and of course nobody cares.

So he’s got to up the ante, do something that will get his name in the papers again, but the problem is that he’s a weirdo creep, so this is what we get.

Proud Rino on September 30, 2010 at 11:06 AM

I think regardless of how this turns out, O’Keefe has pretty much jumped the shark.

It seems like for him to equal or top the ACORN story (of which there are still many skeptics), each exposé has to be more elaborate than the last. As a result, the risk/reward ratio is no longer in his (or Breitbart’s) favor.

Between James’s Landrieu phone tampering stunt and Andrew’s Sherrod controversy the element of surprise is gone and the scrutiny more intense.

pain train on September 30, 2010 at 11:12 AM

CNN SVU…I mean SIU. ‘Nuff said. Boudreau doesn’t know BS from boudin.

Christien on September 30, 2010 at 11:26 AM

You know, for years Kate Beckinsale has been tormenting me by parading around in skimpy outfits on my television screen, causing me to stammer and stutter guiltily in front of my spouse. But I’m going to fix her! Time to turn the tables! I’m going to don a Speedo and parade around in front of her. She’ll be helpless, I tell you, HELPLESS. Oh, what a brilliant idea this is.

Chuckles3 on September 30, 2010 at 11:26 AM

O’Keefe wrote: “That is not my work product. When it was sent to me, I immediately found certain elements highly objectionable and inappropriate, and did not consider them for one minute following it.

Shows O’Keefe has more integrity than:

CBS — “Fake but True” Bush Memos
NBC — putting explosives in cars to fake design hazards
ABC — splicing together footage to “prove” Toyota cars are unsafe
CNN — paying bribe money to Saddam Hussein for “access” and padding its coverage of that tyrant
Reuters — Hezbollah agents using photo shop and fakery

EasyEight on September 30, 2010 at 11:37 AM

This Ben has probably received a payment from CNN to help destroy the credibility of his boss. It’s all a bs setup.

thekingtut on September 30, 2010 at 11:45 AM

But she is a bit of a babe. But I bet she’s just as dumb as Rick Sanchez.

thekingtut on September 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Then there was the arrest for the botched attempt to plant a bug in a senator’s (rep’s?) office.

Tom_Shipley on September 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Tom…O’keefe’s arrest concerning the “bugging” incident was over exaggerated and proven to be.


Law Enforcement Official: No Wiretap Attempt by O’Keefe

http://patterico.com/2010/01/27/law-enforcement-official-no-wiretap-attempt-by-okeefe/

Then there was the exceedingly lame video of O’Keefe “nailing” a census trainer for letting trainees go a half hour early.

…of which the census admitted to correcting the problem that O’keefe exposed.

Census Bureau makes changes after sex offender hired
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/census/2010-06-02-census_N.htm

The Census Bureau has made some changes to its hiring and security procedures after reports that a convicted sex offender was hired to go door-to-door in New Jersey and an undercover video surfaced showing Census supervisors paying workers for hours they did not work

The Census apparently found it important enough to make changes.

It is not surprising that a liberal like yourself does not consider the wasting of tax payer money important.

Because you don’t find it important…certainly does not make it so.

As usual Tom ….you come here and prove how exceedingly clueless you are on every subject you choose to post about.

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM

But she is a bit of a babe. But I bet she’s just as dumb as Rick Sanchez.

Yes, and all ugly people are geniuses.

Tom…O’keefe’s arrest concerning the “bugging” incident was over exaggerated and proven to be.

You can argue whether reporting of the arrest was over-exaggerated, but the fact remains that he pled to entering a senator’s office under false pretense. no, not the biggest deal in the world, but the whole affair was just so amateur and floundering that I can’t see anyone garnering much respect for O’Keefe because of it.

The Census apparently found it important enough to make changes.

Read the story you posted. They made changes in how they hire workers, creating a more stringent background check process. None of the changes listed in the story related to O’Keefe’s vidoe.

Tom_Shipley on September 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM

What a crock.

Christien on September 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM

If O’Keefe was actually at the boat, then he’s gone completely off the reservation. No way to spin this into a good idea.

He did show a significant lack of judgment with the Mary Landrieu thing. So, maybe this is possible. But, this whole thing doesn’t make any sense at all. Who would do something like this? Even to mock a supposed preconception about conservatives, it would be a very bad, and creepy, way of going about it.

It’s just so ridiculous, it’s hard to believe it could be real. I guess we’ll see.

Pablo Snooze on September 30, 2010 at 12:40 PM

This pattern of dishonestly through selective editing and permeated all the ACORN tapes. Two separate criminal investigations found no wrong doing associated with the actions of people in the tapes.
Tom_Shipley on September 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

To hear the party that holds Micheal Moore,Dan Rather,and Keith Olberman up to such high regard whining about “selective editing” is hilarious.

The Acorn tapes made around the country showing democratic workers supporting tax evasion,child sex rings,prostitution,and voter fraud have been released in full.The false accusations of selective editing are merely pathetic excuses by liberals like yourself to defend the corruption in your own party.

Your celebrating the fact that no laws were broken makes about as much sense as celebrating the fact that OJ was not convicted of murdering his ex-wife.

The tapes don’t show the actual crimes being committed.
The point is that the democratic supported ACORN was willing and able to help commit these crimes.

Obvioulsy helping children being used as sex slaves,prostitution,and voter fraud is no problem for such an outstanding liberal such as yourself…as long as they vote democrat right.

Here is one of the better tapes(once again…the what editing that has been made was for time constraints…the full videos have been made available):

New L.A. ACORN sting: Why, sure I’ll help you launder money to pimp underaged girls

posted at 9:03 pm on November 19, 2009 by Allahpundit
http://hotair.com/archives/2009/11/19/new-l-a-acorn-sting-why-sure-ill-help-you-launder-money-to-pimp-underaged-girls/

I should have known better than to doubt Patterico. Fifteen minutes of fun this time; if you can’t spare it, watch the highlight reel at the beginning of clip one and then 90 seconds starting at 1:45 of clip two. That’s where our heroine lets us know just how far she’s willing to go to prove her nonjudgmentalism about child sex slavery. Fair warning, though: If you don’t watch the whole thing, you’ll miss the part where she drops Larry Flynt’s name.

..and just like Tom here…liberals did their best to spin this obvious corruption as some kind of right wing conspiracy……

….and just like Tom here…they made fools of themselves.

James Rainey Digs Himself an Even Deeper Hole

Filed under: Dog Trainer, General — Patterico @ 11:57 am
http://patterico.com/2009/11/27/james-rainey-digs-himself-an-even-deeper-hole/

The first rule of holes is: stop digging. Today, James Rainey, the egg still fresh on his face, is digging furiously, with a column titled Guerrilla stings of ACORN don’t meet standards of journalism.
Where to start? How about with the part Rainey apparently made up:


Even a liberal publication like the LA Times saw this corruption for what it was:


LA Times: ACORN “needs to clean house”

posted at 2:55 pm on September 16, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Given all the scrutiny, one would have expected ACORN to be doing everything in its power to make sure its activities were squeaky clean. Yet since the initial video was released last week showing ACORN workers in Baltimore who appeared to be aiding and abetting criminal activity, activist filmmaker James O’Keefe has released two more showing similar behavior at ACORN offices in Washington and Brooklyn. The response from ACORN? Fire the workers involved and blame Fox News.


…dam# that sounds familiar……coming from liberals like Tom here….it is always some vast conspiracy to frame them even though the evidence to the contrary is overwhelming.


Covering for ACORN has pretty much been a steady job for liberals…..

Here the NY Times spiked a story that one of ACORN’s own workers helped them on to protect Obama during the election:


‘New York Times’ Spiked Obama Donor Story

http://thebulletin.us/articles/2009/03/30/top_stories/doc49d0a73c7f98e547489394.txt
The Times pulled a story about Barack Obama’s campaign ties to ACORN. (Frank Franklin II/Associated Press)
Congressional Testimony: ‘Game-Changer’ Article Would Have Connected Campaign With ACORN

During her testimony, Ms. Heidelbaugh said Ms. Moncrief had told her The New York Times articles stopped when she revealed that the Obama presidential campaign had sent its maxed-out donor list to ACORN’s Washington, D.C. office.

….and the NY Times admits that it spiked the story…..


New York Times Finally Admits It Spiked Obama/ACORN
Corruption Story
By Matthew Vadum on 5.18.09 @ 1:50AM

Acknowledging what the blogosphere has known for weeks, the New York Times finally went on record to admit that just before last Election Day it killed a politically sensitive news story involving corruption allegations that might have made the Obama campaign look bad.

Yea,that’s a great point you are making Tom in demanding integrity from the people around you while you defend child pimps and voter fraud…….

Your credibility is sh!t on pretty much any issue Tom….now go and press your lips back up against Micheal Moore’s but where it belongs.

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Making a woman feel uncomfortable by being sexually aggressive and creepy isn’t funny. Dildos and lube humor? Childish and very creepy! Someone should inform O’Keefe that since he has the disadvantage of being very unattractive, being a decent guy can help out his sex/love life.

Everything he attempts will likely backfire like the last few stunts.

fastestslug on September 30, 2010 at 1:06 PM

You can argue whether reporting of the arrest was over-exaggerated, but the fact remains that he pled to entering a senator’s office under false pretense. no, not the biggest deal in the world, but the whole affair was just so amateur and floundering that I can’t see anyone garnering much respect for O’Keefe because of it.

Tom_Shipley on September 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Tom…you made this accusation:

Then there was the arrest for the botched attempt to plant a bug in a senator’s (rep’s?) office.

Tom_Shipley on September 30, 2010 at 9:02 AM

Now you can spin it all you want…
The bottom line is that you made a false accusation on a thread where you are condemning someones else for a lack of integrity.
The record is clear….O’keefe did not try to bug the Senator’s phones.

For you to make false accusations about someone else while self righteously demanding integrity is pretty amateurish and shows and incredible lack of credibility.

Read the story you posted. They made changes in how they hire workers, creating a more stringent background check process. None of the changes listed in the story related to O’Keefe’s vidoe.

Tom_Shipley on September 30, 2010 at 12:01 PM

What part of :

The Census Bureau has made some changes to its hiring and security procedures after reports that a convicted sex offender was hired to go door-to-door in New Jersey and an undercover video surfaced showing Census supervisors paying workers for hours they did not work

….do you not understand.
Do you think they added O’keefe in there because they like him.His story helped expose corruption in the Census bureau.

The census already has rules that apply to people falsifying their time cards:

Census Bureau’s official response to James O’Keefe scandal
The following statement comes to me from Stephen Buckner of the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office:

Statement on O’Keefe Taping of Census Bureau Staff

“Census Bureau policies and training are clear and require all employees to honestly submit accurate time records. Workers are instructed to report hours they work, which would include their time traveling to and from training.

They don’t have to make changes….the just have to enforce the rules they already have in place.
They were exposed for not doing so at a cost to the tax payer……As stated by USA today….O’keefe’s story forced the census to make changes in their behavior.

What do you think the census did after this story Tom….just tell all the leadership to ignore this problem and keep paying people for not working.

Of course this helped expose further corruption in the census.
Corruption like this:

Two more Census workers blow the whistle

Posted: 12:42 AM, May 25, 2010

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/two_more_census_workers_blow_the_OqY80N3DBTvL17VmxKKR0O#ixzz1128ese6b

The worker, Naomi Cohn, told The Post that she was hired and fired a number of times by Census. Each time she was hired back, it seems, Census was able to report the creation of a new job to the Labor Department.

This is just one of the several census workers to testify to the corruption in the bureau.

Just keep spinning Tom……

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 1:18 PM

I repeat:

ESQ: The conservative establishment isn’t happy about this scandal.

BW: Name a conservative issue that’s been passed in the last fifty years without provocation. Conservatives are deficient on tactics, so of course this is their reaction. But it’s like the end of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid — was it a better movie because they were outgunned and no one came to their aid? Yeah.

These “boys” need a good rhetorical butt-kicking. Immature just doesn’t get close. They are evidently too stoopid to realize that their misogynist antics are providing ammunition to our common opponents. There is no justification – NONE – for this kind of thoughtless act. If they’d rather be liberal movie stars then get the hell out of our movement.
Randy

williars on September 30, 2010 at 1:22 PM

ESQ: The conservative establishment isn’t happy about this scandal.

BW: Name a conservative issue that’s been passed in the last fifty years without provocation. Conservatives are deficient on tactics, so of course this is their reaction. But it’s like the end of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid — was it a better movie because they were outgunned and no one came to their aid? Yeah.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid? …more like Madonna’s Truth Or Dare.

fastestslug on September 30, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Wow. Those are really long posts.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Wow. Those are really long posts.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:48 PM

….and most of the words are multiple syllables so you will need some help with comprehension and pronunciation.

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM

All of it, just in time for SWEEPS WEEK! Not to mention the perfect promo for the Hit Piece that beget all this.

CNN Editor’s note: CNN takes an unprecedented look inside the young conservative activist movement in the documentary “Right On The Edge,” which airs Oct. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EST.

Me thinks thou protest’eth too much!

Pole-Cat on September 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

….and most of the words arecontain multiple syllables so you will need some help with comprehension and pronunciation.

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 1:59 PM

There….I know you confuse easily.

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 1:18 PM

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Wow. Those are really long posts.

crr6 on September 30, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Now maybe you could actually use some of those incredible law skills you are always bragging about and refute the posts.

Why you and super integrity Tom could work together.

It could be the “Defend child sex rings and voter fraud” dynamic duo….

….or you could just continue with your pathetic drivel.

Baxter Greene on September 30, 2010 at 2:21 PM

These “boys” need a good rhetorical butt-kicking. Immature just doesn’t get close. They are evidently too stoopid to realize that their misogynist antics are providing ammunition to our common opponents.

NOTHING HAPPENED!! Why are people jumping on O’Keefe on this unless they are trolls?? There was NO SEX STING. There was no staged sex hideout. According to the article O’Keefe said that when the idea was brought to him, he thought it was inappropriate and didn’t use it. So what does CNN actually have?? NOTHING!! They have a stunt *idea* that was *rejected* and led to *nothing.* It shows how desperate they are to tear this guy down, and how stupid ANY “conservative” is if they blindly accept a CNN *accusation* about something THEY THEMSELVES ADMIT NEVER HAPPENED!!

Perhaps the story should be headlined, “Young man has stupid idea, fails to act on it. Film at Eleven.”

EasyEight on September 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

EasyEight on September 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

What you overlook is that Izzy Santa told the reporter that she was about to get “punked” and told her parts of the plan that were later confirmed by the e-mails (strawberry’s and champange, seduction attempt). And that O’Keefe was on the boat when the reporter when behind the house, apparently refusing to get off of it to talk to her (the implication here is that he wanted to get her on the boat).

Also, if you read his statement, he said he found PARTS of the plan objectionable and that he didn’t plan on carry those parts (which he doesn’t specify) out. Which could very easily just his BS way of covering his ass. But he never said he rejected the idea, just unspecified parts of the plan.

Tom_Shipley on September 30, 2010 at 4:57 PM

EasyEight on September 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Sorry Easy, but this is just beyond the pale. If O’Keefe wants to play with the adults he can darn well act like one. I gave him his props for the Acorn take-down, and now I’m calling him out for “gross” stupidity. He’s darn lucky someone saved his butt by calling it off.
I’ll meet you half way, “Young man has stupid idea….”

Randy

williars on September 30, 2010 at 7:31 PM

But he never said he rejected the idea, just unspecified parts of the plan

And then what happened? NOTHING!! This is a bunch of CNN “he said, she said” attack bs that is only designed to attack O’Keefe, whom they HATE for having nailed ACORN. Can you stop the flagellation now??

EasyEight on October 1, 2010 at 12:47 PM

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