STORY: ACORN Foe and Pimp James O'Keefe along with three others is arrested for attempting to put undercover cameras in the New Orleans office of Senator Mary Landrieu.
Let me jump ahead our story of the fall from grace of this neo-con icon and get to a statement from the Right Wing media that made him their idol and Teabagger hero:
“If he’s done what it’s said he’s done,” said Seton Motley, director of communications at the conservative Media Research Center, “the left-wing media is going to be all over him in a way they weren’t when he did the ACORN investigation. They’re going to love pounding him on this.”
And why shouldn't they?
I know that Motley and the rest of his conservative media cronies thought that the left-wing should 'pile-on' the destruction of an organization like ACORN that has done a phenomenal job of helping the poor, homeless, feed the hungry.
But unlike his conservative support, Progressives, Democrats, and everyone that values the role of Community Based Organizations (something Senior Bush once affectionately refered to as: "A thousand points of light") are not yet ready to forgive O'Keefe's efforts to deny services for the poor, homeless, ill, and disenfranchised citizens.
His personal toll in the destruction of aid to these people can not be measured in just the hundreds of thousands of dollars in loss revenue but must bear the yardstick of broken families and unspeakable suffering.
ACORN Deputy Director Kevin Whelan said it is “further evidence of O'Keefe's disregard for the law in pursuit of his extremist agenda.” According to Whelan, it was more evidence that O’Keefe’s original videos “had been shot illegally and edited deceptively in order to undermine the work of an organization that has empowered working families for four decades.”
The son of acting U.S. Attorney for the Western
District of Louisiana William J. Flanagan
was arrested and charged with trying to interfere
with phones at Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office.
On Monday morning, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, both age 24, dressed up as telephone company workers and walked into the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). Inside the office, waiting for them, was James O’Keefe, the 25-year-old conservative activist who posed as a pimp in 2009 for a series of undercover videos that badly damaged the national community organization ACORN. As Basel and Flanagan clumsily worked on the phones, O’Keefe was recording them for a reason that remains unknown. When the “repairmen” and accomplices were asked for ID, they gave themselves up and were arrested.
From an affidavit detailing the bungled amateur sting operation - FBI Agent Steven Rayes argued that “there is probable cause to believe that Flanagan and Basel by false and fraudulent pretense attempted to enter, and did in fact enter, real property belonging to the United States” in order to bug phones, and that they were “aided and abetted” by O’Keefe and a 24-year-old activist named Stan Dai. One day later, the botched operation has become national news, an embarrassment that could tarnish the conservative media that turned O'Keefe's ACORN stings into a national sensation.
While O’Keefe, Basel, Flanagan, and Dai were released on $10,000 bonds, they face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of “entering federal property under false pretenses for the purpose of committing a felony.” The scandal marks a swift and staggering downfall for an activist who had been praised for months for doing the work the “mainstream media” wouldn’t do in exposing sloppy and illegal work by ACORN.
O'Keefe Pimped Himself for Personal Fame and Money
"A Mission to Fell ACORN"
In 2009, Hannah Giles, an undergraduate studying journalism at Florida International University until she dropped out to pursue public appearances and job offer; collaborated with James O'keffe to disguise themselves as the prostitute and her pimp, and spent only $1,300 on what a Washington Post reporter called a "Mission to Fell ACORN". Giles said she conceived of this idea during a summer jog.
After the videos were made public, ACORN's partnership in the Census was terminated.The U.S Senate voted to end HUD funding to ACORN. The House voted to end all funding to ACORN. The Right-Wing went into overtime in an effort to smear Obama with the 'scandal' simply because he once acted as an attorney for ACORN. The IRS removed ACORN from its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program due to the scandal. Even Bank of America piled-on and suspended business dealings with ACORN's housing affiliate in response to the video controversy.
In September 2006, ACORN filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court. After a lengthy involved court process the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal on Oct. 28, 2008, ruled in ACORN's favor.
O'Keefe's First Targeted Poor
with Attack on Planned Parenthood.
In 2006, O'Keefe began working with UCLA student and anti-abortion activist Lila Rose. He came up with the idea to have her pose as an under-aged pregnant teenager, walk into Planned Parenthood clinics, and tape the conversations that followed.
During the summer of 2007, O'Keefe posed as a donor to Planned Parenthood. He specified his gift should go to fund abortions for minorities because "the less black kids out there the better." On two occasions, Planned Parenthood staffers agreed to his request. After audio recordings of the conversations were made public in 2008, Planned Parenthood issued an apology for the behavior of the staff members on the phone, calling it inappropriate.
As a result of O'Keefe's trickery, Tennessee lawmakers sought to end a $721,000 contract with Planned Parenthood, and the Orange County Board of Supervisors in California voted to suspend a grant worth nearly $300,000 to Planned Parenthood.
Congrats O'Keefe! You just cheated countless poor from getting women's health services while increasing the number of unwanted babies into the world for which you and your ilk will do absolutely nothing to help. But then when you and your hypocrite 'compassionate conservative' friends refuse to offer any of that 'socialist' assistance that guy named Jesus made a name for himself doing, don't worry; there are Community Based Organizations, CBOs, who will fill in the gap. Organizations like ACORN. Oh wait a minute that was your next target. God forbid that the poor, sick, homeless, disenfranchised get any help! That would be Un-American to say the least.
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Some @larrydhalstead tweets on this subject:
I Love story lines like this: "On Tuesday, conservatives scrambled to contain the damage from O’Keefe’s Louisiana debacle."
A little more of this O’Keefe’s Louisiana debacle & I'm thinking #masen Senator Centerfold is looking good
Reps with #masen been riding high for a week: But O’Keefe just gave us comic remedy
Been feelin sad, depressed, angry since #masen? Let me refer you to Dr. O'keef the pimp doctor
Oh hell yes>RT @Marnus3: Sen. Mary Landrieu should introduce legislation to refund ACORN.
Oct, Rep. Pete Olson (R-Tex.) had a resolution honoring “fact-finding reporting done by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe
Psst>Tell a friend: Rep. Pete Olson R-Tex. honoring “fact-finding reporting done by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe
Rep. Pete Olson :“exemplary actions as gov watchdogs, journalists uncovering wasteful gov spending by Giles & O’Keefe”
NICE>RT @EzKool: O Keefe, you're A CORNey little crook
Rep. Pete Olson :Asked House to officially honor Giles & O’Keefe & 31 Republicans signed resolution
Wait, What's this? Rep Olson now issues statement criticizing O’Keefe’s actions adds: "NEVER MIND"
In a classic flip flop stratesy Rep Olson says I was for O’Keefe’ before I was against him
ACORN Dep Director Kevin Whelan: “further evidence of O'Keefe's disregard for law in pursuit of his extremist agenda.”
ACORN Dep Dir. Whelan: O’Keefe’s original videos “had been shot illegally, edited deceptively to undermine ACORN
ACORN Dep Dir. Whelan: Okeef HURT an organization that has empowered working families for four decades
“The truth,” said O’Keefe, “shall set me free.” REALLY? Oh, so you had permission?