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James O’Keefe: His Lubed-Up Present, His Hanky-Pranky Past


James O’Keefe has had quite a week, even apart from being Subject A in our psychological case study, “White America Has Lost Its Mind.” CNN announced that O’Keefe planned to seduce reporter Abby Boudreau — on a boat full of dildos, mirrors, and lube, no less. (We guess his pimp and telephone repairman outfits were at the drycleaners.)

To celebrate his glorious return to the news, we thought we’d bring you a Classic of James O’Keefe theater, “Taxpayers Clearing House.” Enjoy how he dupes poor people into thinking they’ve won money, only to punk them!

And if you haven’t had enough O’Keefe yet, read John D. Atlas’s great round-up at the Jersey Star-Ledger/ Atlas articulates the irony that CNN, who was a target of O’Keefe’s chicanery, fails to correct how they perpetuated the way he punked ACORN:

“CNN was one of the mainstream medial outlets that repeatedly ran inaccurate stories about ACORN’s voter registration work, and frequently played O’Keefe’s doctored videos smearing ACORN, without ever making a correction,” writes Atlas.

“As of yesterday CNN still can’t get the story correct. Kyra Phillips, a CNN anchor, and Boudreau suggested that last year, when O’Keefe taped ACORN, he entered ACORN’s offices pretending to be a pimp. In fact, O’Keefe never posed as a pimp when he talked to ACORN staffers. He presented himself as a friend, or boyfriend, or a colleague of Giles, who was posing as the prostitute. O’Keefe wore a dress shirt and Khakis when he entered ACORN offices, and later spliced in shots of himself wearing the pimp outfit in the final videos to make it appear that he had worn them in the meetings with ACORN. To sensationalize the tape, O’Keefe dressed up in cartoonish pimp garb for the bumpers shown on television. The outlandish costume aimed to make ACORN’s African-American intake staff look like buffoons.”


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