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Posts Tagged ‘James O’Keefe’

James O’Keefe Agrees to Pay $100,000 to Victim of ACORN Sting

It was the sting that made him a household name, but James O’Keefe is paying for it now. Wonkette reports that the Breitbart protege just agreed to pay $100,000 to former California ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera–who O’Keefe filmed without consent for his doctored pimps-and-hoes sting operation that helped shut down the community organizing group in 2010. You know the one.

Vera was fired after appearing in O’Keefe’s video, even though it later turned out that O’Keefe’s “investigation” into unethical ACORN activity had been edited to look far worse than it actually was.

From Wonkette:

According to a copy of the deal, obtained late last night by your wonkettes and viewable after the jump, O’Keefe has also agreed to ink an 11-word non-apology apology, that sources close to reality are calling “insincere” and “suuuuuuuch bullshit.”

According to the final 5-page agreement, signed by O’Keefe and his legal counsel Mike Madigan this past Tuesday, the boy detective now publicly “regrets any pain suffered by Mr. Vera or his family.” O’Keefe and his counsel have also consented to fork over the $100,000 within 30 business days of the settlement agreement’s being signed.

Full settlement docs after the jump:

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IRS Not Fond of Nonprofit Status for News Orgs

Columbia Journalism Review‘s Ryan Chittum has an interesting piece about the glacial pace non-profit news orgs are seeing their tax exempt status considered by the IRS.

A few examples:

[San Francisco Public Press] doesn’t accept advertising. It’s run by volunteers and has no salaried employees. It covers local public policy issues and eschews sports, entertainment news, and restaurant reviews. It loses money and is subsidized by donations and foundation grants.

But the IRS got the paper’s application nearly two years ago and still hasn’t given it an answer….

As Steve Beatty, managing editor of New Orleans investigative startup The Lens, which applied more than a year ago, puts it, “We’ve been told our application will be reviewed up to the right hand of God.”

Meanwhile, James O’Keefe‘s Project Veritas recently had its application approved. This despite O’Keefe picking pleading guilty to a misdemeanor while on the job, for entering Senator Mary Landrieu‘s office, pretending to be a phone company employee.

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Framing Andrew Breitbart

Let’s face it. LA’s resident conservative agitator Andrew Breitbart isn’t going away. His involvement in the Shirley Sherrod flap threatened to put him out to the woodshed of the public consciousness. But now, thanks largely to his protege James O’Keefe‘s NPR sting, Breitbart is back on Bill Maher and at the LAT Festival of Books and even written up by the Times itself. Breitbart has even inexplicably reemerged as one of the left-wing media’s go-to conservative pundits–much to the incredulity of the liberal blogosphere. Several weeks ago Huffington Post decided to give Breitbart a front page blog on its site. About a week after putting him up there, under intense online liberal pressure, HuffPo eventually found an excuse to take Breitbart off the front page.

Breitbart even found his way to MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan show last week–where the typically ornery liberal Ratigan went out of his way to call Breitbart a “sharp shooter who gets results.” That didn’t sit well with Color of Change activist and Firedoglake blogger James Rucker–who felt Ratigan was bending over backwards to help restore Breitbart’s undeserved credibility.

Rucker interviewed Ratigan about Breitbart’s appearance.

When I spoke with Ratigan, he explained what he was trying to do. He quickly agreed that Breitbart was a race-baiter, dishonest, and undeserving of credibility — without question. And he frankly hadn’t thought about the legitimizing effect that having Breitbart on his show — without clearly labeling him as the race-baiter and deceiver he is — would have.

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Bill Keller Still After Huffington Post in Latest Piece for New York Times Magazine

So! Bill Keller has a new piece for the New York Times Magazine. He writes, “I don’t intend this occasional essay to become the Editor’s Pulpit,” which got us excited, naturally, because it meant that that was exactly what he was about to do. And when Keller goes in to Editor’s Pulpit mode, it generally means he is going to take on his nemesis du jour, the Huffington Post. Fun all around.

Keller’s actual subjects are the worthy issues of journalistic openness and transparency, and he begins by comparing James O’Keefe and Julian Assange. (As a side note, his comparison reminds us a lot of a post we read a few weeks ago for The Atlantic Wire by Erik Hayden.)

The interesting thing here is that Keller was criticized after his first take down of the Huffington Post for his reply to Arianna Huffington‘s rebuttal, where he (in the words of Felix Salmon):

[V]iolated the first rule of blogging, and failed to link to the argument he was engaging. So when he talked about “the reaction” to his column, or “clueless commentary”, the lack of any link was a CYA move, giving him the opportunity to say “oh no, I didn’t mean you“.

In this latest piece, Keller fails to link again. He writes:

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Ousted NPR CEO Says She Plans to Stay in Journalism

Former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller sat down for an interview with the International Women’s Media Foundation, and announced that despite her controversial ouster from NPR in the fallout of the James O’Keefe sting, she has no plans to leave journalism. She also dismissed charges that sexism had anything to do with her exit.

We couldn’t agree more. Sexism didn’t do Schiller in, it was the cowardice of the NPR board of directors and the organization at large.

NPR Fights Back: Survey Shows Most Listeners of NPR Are Conservative

Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” is stepping up to the plate in defending NPR. He writes for the Wall Street Journal on Thursday:

I can point out that the recent tempests over “perceived bias” have nothing to do with what NPR puts on the air. The facts show that NPR attracts a politically diverse audience of 33.7 million weekly listeners to its member stations on-air. In surveys by GfK MRI, most listeners consistently identify themselves as “middle of the road” or “conservative.”

As for James O’Keefe, the activist whose video prank led to NPR chief executive Vivian Schiller losing her job, Inskeep loftily recounts hearing of the story while he was reporting from Egypt. When he had dinner that night with the NPR Cairo bureau, they barely discussed the NPR news back home. Writes Inskeep:

I noticed a contrast between the news that NPR reports from the Arab world and the news NPR has lately made at home. Each news story revealed the values of the people reporting it… I congratulate Mr. O’Keefe for upholding his values: faith in the power of video to mislead.

Zing! NPR could have used some of Inskeep’s backbone when the O’Keefe story broke, before it fell over itself apologizing and getting rid of people. Now this latest defense might just be too late.

Ira Glass on ‘On the Media’

In the wake of the reporting from – wait for it – Glenn Beck‘s website saying that the James O’Keefe‘s newest selectively edited hit piece on NPR – Ira Glass asks for public radio to stand up for itself.

At the end of the clip On the Media agrees that they will take on the challenge of sticking up for themselves against accusations of liberal bias.

Uh huh.

Hat tip TPM

Andrew Breitbart, Among Others, Now Writing for Huffington Post

Huffington Post announced a bunch of huge hires today. First off, former LA Times features editor John Montorio is now HuffPo‘s new editor of culture and entertainment. Howard Fineman has been named editorial director of the newly formed Huffington Post Media Group. And out of left field, Twitter founder Biz Stone will now officially work with HuffPo/AOL to “advise on social impact and cause-based initiatives, develop a platform to facilitate people doing service in their communities, rally other companies to invest in and deploy best corporate practices, and create and develop a video series spotlighting leading companies and executives at the forefront of philanthropy and corporate responsibility.”

Big news. But we want to talk about something else. Andrew Breitbart is now blogging for Huffington Post. Here’s the first graph of his very first post.

The latest James O’Keefe success story against NPR has taken a predictable pattern — panicked press releases and firings, followed by denunciation of O’Keefe in a belated attempt to discredit him. Naturally, conservatives are crowing about it, but I wanted to give a little perspective to those Huffington Post readers — whatever your political stripe — who share my passion for free speech, honest debate, and fairness in the media.

Yes, not only is the conservative agitator now blogging on the formerly iconographic liberal website, he’s using the site to credit his propensity for “honest debate.”

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Great: Andrew Breitbart and James O’Keefe Have Both Returned to Media Darling Status

Looks like James O’Keefe‘s latest prank has not only gotten NPR‘s president to resign, it’s gotten Andrew Breitbart back in the national spotlight. Breitbart was on Piers Morgan‘s show last night talking about his protege’s capers, and the left wing bias that prevents them from being properly acknowledged. We thought the Shirley Sherrod incident would finally send Breitbart to the media glue factory, but now he’s back galloping around like nothing happened–saying calculated, counterintuitive things like “the best coverage on this incident has been NPR. It’s been impeccable…I respect NPR more than you would actually think.” And he’s actually right about the bias against this latest O’Keefe prank.

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Breitbart Protege and UCLA Student Lila Rose In the News Over Planned Parenthood Sting

You’d think after James O’Keefe‘s undercover ACORN videos were widely discredited due to cheap editing tricks, the media would stop taking these things seriously. But the young pro-life group Live Action – led by UCLA student Lila Rose, who helped devise the ACORN scam with O’Keefe – is making waves for its latest highly edited undercover sting of Planned Parenthood. A surreptitiously recorded video by the group appears to show a PP worker showing a man claiming to be a sex trafficker how to get treatment for his underage prostitutes. Again, the video is highly edited, so who knows the truth of how the interaction went down. That said, Planned Parenthood has fired the worker in the video.

Live Action says they made the videos in an effort to get Planned Parenthood’s federal funding gutted.

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