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James O’Keefe Feels The Corrupt Media Has A Double Standard For Secret Romney Videos

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Ugh, James O’Keefe. Andrew Breitbart’s protege and the man behind the downfall of ACORN (because black voters tend to be Democrat voters) is trending on Twitter after he began opining that the explosive secret Mitt Romney video released by Mother Jones and ensuing reaction demonstrates some sort of bias against his work compared with what he claims is a similar venture by the surreptitious recorder at the $50,000-a-plate Romney fundraiser.

James O’Keefe’s whiny contention that he’s been treated differently and that the reactions are somehow evidence of vast liberal conspiracy to spread facts are the perfect encapsulation of the false equivalency the right embraces when it comes to actual true things.

Andrew Breitbart, the now deceased mentor of O’Keefe (until Breitbart distanced himself when O’Keefe fell afoul of the law allegedly trying to wiretap Mary Landrieu’s office in Louisiana) pioneered the same brand of reporting his heir apparent embraced — misleading video based on much off-camera arranging to create one impression in total disregard for actual facts or context.

And to compare what O’Keefe has done to the secret Mitt Romney tapes is just that sort of disingenuousness. O’Keefe manipulated circumstances and cut tapes to create an impression different to the circumstances being recorded, most notably in his ACORN videos. (And when the full tapes were released, it became apparent that what O’Keefe claimed was misleading at best, and totally inaccurate at other times.)

But even that didn’t matter, as the minority voter outreach program disintegrated all the same.

However, to compare Mother Jones’ release of the tape to James O’Keefe’s efforts is an insult to Mother Jones, tapes and releases the world over. While O’Keefe tried his damnedest to create impressions of things that didn’t happen, an actual person caught actual remarks Mitt Romney actually said, remarks that were not selectively edited to create a narrative inaccurate to the one Romney presented.

In fact, Mitt Romney himself has addressed the remarks he himself made, standing by exactly what he said in the tape. And even more damningly, when asked, Mother Jones‘ David Corn did not prevaricate and happily released the full nearly-hour long speech made by Romney at the dinner.

Yes, James O’Keefe, it may feel like you are being treated unfairly, but it wasn’t your views or affiliation that caused you to be rightly pilloried in the press. It was your dishonesty, your shady tactics and your desire to achieve an outcome based upon inaccurate information above all else that did you in. (That, and your failed deception with Landrieu, which allegedly broke laws.)

Have you watched the secret Mitt Romney tape in full yet? Do you think it was unfair to tape Mitt Romney saying what he actually believes?

[Retraction notice: This article originally stated that James O’Keefe wiretapped the offices of Mary Landrieu’s office, a charge that was only alleged by members of the media. While O’Keefe was arrested he and four other men plead guilty to ‘Entering Federal Property Under False Pretenses’ – a lesser charge.]

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16 Responses to “James O’Keefe Feels The Corrupt Media Has A Double Standard For Secret Romney Videos”

  1. DREGstudios! Art & Design

    Is there any doubt that a Romney administration would favor the rich and increase the income gap in our country? Mitt is a pariah in Mormon Clothing and will stop at nothing to expand an empire of greed for the rich in this country by expanding tax cuts for the 1% of the wealthiest Americans. He’s out to gut the Middle Class for every red cent he can get. Will his sacred Mormon underwear grant him the protection and money to buy this election? See for yourself as Mitt dons his tighty-whities sent down from the Good Lord Himself at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html.

  2. DREGstudios! Art & Design

    Is there any doubt that a Romney administration would favor the rich and increase the income gap in our country? Mitt is a pariah in Mormon Clothing and will stop at nothing to expand an empire of greed for the rich in this country by expanding tax cuts for the 1% of the wealthiest Americans. He’s out to gut the Middle Class for every red cent he can get. Will his sacred Mormon underwear grant him the protection and money to buy this election? See for yourself as Mitt dons his tighty-whities sent down from the Good Lord Himself at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/05/mitt-romneys-magic-mormon-underwear.html.

  3. Joel Pollak

    This article rests on the premise that James has actually lied or distorted or "selectively edited" something. It's a false premise. Note that the author does not actually provide an example, or proof. The truth is that the media does have a double standard–especially for past statements by presidential candidates. The Romney statement was news when it happened–several months ado. It's not as newsworthy today–albeit interesting–and none of Obama's statements in the same category receive the same treatment.

  4. Corey Stern

    Which of the Presidents statement would you put "in the same category?"

  5. Ethan Pollack

    But O'Keefe actively tried to set people up, creating eloborate pranks and misrepresented himself in order to put people–usually normal people rather than public figures–in compromising and embarrassing positions. All this person did is push play on a video recorder to record the comments of a public figure. Plus they did release the full video. Respectfully, it does seem like two very different situations…

  6. Joel Pollak

    Max Rottenstein – not disagreeing at all with the legitimacy of the story, or the methods. James's point is that such stories about conservatives get far more respect, automatically.

  7. Joel Pollak

    Ethan Pollack – O'Keefe's style is 100% legitimate and has been used by mainstream journalists to uncover corruption in all kinds of places. It's just when a conservative does it that the media suddenly has a problem. And when a conservative is the target, no one in the media demands the full tape, etc.

  8. Ethan Pollack

    Isn't "100% legitimate" a little bit of an exaggeration given that he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in his attempt to tap a senator's phone line? I mean, you gotta admit that takes it down to at least 90% if not lower.

  9. Kim LaCapria

    It is not about legitimacy, it is about accurately representing what occurred. O'Keefe's full ACORN tapes revealed a much different story than the clips he released out of context did. This is a false equivalency issue we are looking at. As someone said above, all the Romney taper did is record, he did not somehow trick Romney into making a statement he would not have otherwise made. He did not invite Romney onto a boat covered in sex toys. He did not sneak into Romney's office and try to tap his phones. He recorded an appearance.

  10. Gus Wynn

    Of course O'Keefe lied – he said he was running an underage prostitution ring. You can't lie like that, film people secretly and hold them accountable when you created the chaos in the first place.

    It's why entrapment is illegal – if you are a journalist, you are there to observe and report, not defame people who might have been afraid for their safety. If we can excuse lying for access, like posing as a legitimate law-abiding customer of a business, that's one thing, but O'Keefe pretended to be involved in felony rape, kidnapping, tax evasion and much more – why would we treat any of those videos seriously?

    They were pranks on the order of Jackass and the unfortunate Congressional votes based on them were reversed for unconstitutionality, costing taxpayers dearly.