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Posts Tagged ‘Dave Maass’

San Diego CityBeat Reporter Reflects on His Time Covering Gabrielle Giffords

San Diego CityBeat staffer Dave Maass covered Gabrielle Giffords on one of his first assignments as a cub reporter for the Tuscon Weekly. He has a nice column reflecting on his history with her, as well as the shooting that nearly took her life last week.

A taste:

In my career as a journalist, I have only once broken my rule to never, ever let a politician pick up my lunch tab. The exception was Gabrielle Giffords.

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Right Wing Scammer James O’Keefe Trying to Change California Privacy Law

Interesting story from the San Diego CityBeat. It seems Breitbart-backed conservative prankster James O’Keefe is working with a high profile law firm to change the law that prohibits Californians from recording private conversations without each others’ consent.

CityBeat has more:

In 2009, O’Keefe made national headlines when he and a female cohort posed as a pimp and prostitute and visited offices of the nonprofit group ACORN around the country. Using a hidden camera, they captured footage that made it seem like ACORN workers were collaborating in human trafficking. California Attorney General Jerry Brown granted O’Keefe immunity from the state’s privacy laws in exchange for the chance to review the footage.

Brown’s investigation found that Juan Carlos Vera, a National City ACORN employee fired after the tapes aired, did nothing wrong and that the video had been edited to distort what happened. In July, Vera filed a $75,000 lawsuit against O’Keefe under the Invasion of Privacy Act, which requires all parties in a confidential conversation to consent to a recording.

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