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Fox News Decides It Needs More Context On This ‘Hanky Panky’

“SHEP SMITH: So, they’re saying basically, they’re in there — It sounds as if what they’re saying is, they’re looking for some ACORN hanky panky and they try to tap into Mary Landrieu’s telephone to get it.

“VAUGHN: That could be one way of looking at it, yes.

“[ACTUAL BEAR GROWL]”

IN SUM: Your honor, we call for a writ of “boys will be boys.” ROWRRR! [Think Progress]

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91 comments

  1. AllHat

    I give this 5 minutes until they float “this was entrapment by a liberally biased Justice Department.” In fact, I suspect I’ve already missed the boat.

  2. Bearbloke

    O’Queef is the first of N0Bama’s political prisoners … maybe FuxNooz will start a new series called “American Douchebag Held Hostage” hosted by Sarah Palin…

  3. Redhead

    Well of course, Mary Lan-drew is behind Acorn (she’s a wiminz, you know. can’t trust those wiminz). It was all to bring down Acorn, see, because there’s TOTALLY nothing wrong with listening in on someone’s phone calls if you think you have a good reason. It’s in the Patriot Act!

  4. ManchuCandidate

    Ass raped in the … jail cell
    I Fought the Law and the … law won
    I Fought the Law and the … law won
    I wanted dirt, ’cause I … had none
    I Fought the Law and the … law won
    I Fought the Law and the … law won

    I pimped out ACORN and I was the man
    I guess my career is done
    Well, Mary’s the biggest target … I’ve ever done
    I Fought the Law and the … law won
    I Fought the Law and the … law won

    Recorded an illegal wire tap with a . . . cell phone
    I Fought the Law and the … law won
    I Fought the Law and the … law won

    My ass is killing me but it’s… good fun
    I Fought the Law and the … law won
    I Fought the Law and the … law won

  5. stew

    Fucking love the idea of these right wing, fox newz dorks becoming boy toys for the prison industrial complex. We needed some good news–thanks Wonk.

  6. Sussemilch

    Creating a false identity to break into government property to wiretap phones. Sounds like terrorism to me. Waterboard ‘em. Better yet – Waterworld them. Force them to watch an endless loop of the movie.

  7. WadISay

    Frankly, if the entire Verizon board of directors and executive management team appeared dressed as pimps, it might take me a while to figure out anything was wrong.

  8. SayItWithWookies

    The real question that Fox has is, what horrible unspeakable crimes were tireless investigator O’Keefe and his companions about to blow the lid off of when well-connected elitists at Landrieu headquarters were tipped off and squelched the reporter by calling in a false police report? Has Mary Landrieu admitted guilt yet, or is she continuing to deny everything? Will James O’Keefe wear his felony conviction as a badge of honor? How long until he’s rehabilitated in the eyes of Fox and Breitba — oh — well, that’s one question answered.

  9. Beowoof

    Gee one way of looking at is that it was just a film maker trying to get more goods on ACORN. Another way of looking at is that this O’Queef was trying to break the law. As with bathroom sex, wiretaps seem to generate problems when done by republican ass clowns. And I am sure when he gets to club fed he will find it is the gay sexy goodtime he needed.

  10. Snarkalicious

    I can see their point. After all, none of this would be at issue if we’d never given women and minorities property rights. It’s this unnatural state of affairs that leads to these little misunderstandings.

  11. Ducksworthy

    Note to ThinkProgress: its Tim Gaughan not Vaughn, just in case we need to add him to the no-fly list.

  12. dr.giraud

    [re=501423]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Thank Jeebus Malkin’s followers have it all figured out. A commenter named ChicagoJedi wrote: “This sounds… hinky. I’ll be waiting for more info, but seeing as how all the ACRON video DA’s were gunning to charge O’Keefe and Giles on wiretapping charges for filming my gut tells me, and this is only a guess, that they weren’t bugging the phone lines but were filming some nefarious goings-on at the Landrieu office.”

  13. RoscoePColtraine

    [re=501419]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Yes! Only people who have something to hide mind having their privacy violated. Why isn’t the liberal media investigating Sen. Landrieu’s presumed wrongdoings?

  14. Dashboard_Buddha

    [re=501423]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Fave quote* “Sadly this will get played up as if it is every conservative.” Well, let’s see. Many wads in Michelle’s forum are being supportive. Jeez….I don’t see a connection at all.

    *That was as far as I could go.

  15. AllHat

    so, do you think any progressive politicians will even attempt to capitalize on this pretty obvious scandal? I’m betting on ‘no.’ Just not in the playbook, it seems.

  16. Lionel Hutz Esq.

    The context is: Was FOX funding them, or Beirthbart. Who is going down in the “Conspiracy to Wiretap” Charges.

    Still, isn’t everyone missing the main point: [re=501410]Sussemilch[/re]: is right! This is terrorism! Why is Obama allowing these people to be tried by civilian courts and get their Miranda rights! We must send them to Gitmo immediately!

  17. comicbookguy

    Robert Flanagan’s lawyer, Garrison Jordan, said in a brief interview outside the courthouse. ‘I don’t think there was any intent or motive to commit a crime.’

    No, they just wanted to wiretap the phone of a government official. But commit a crime? Furthest thing from their minds!

  18. RoscoePColtraine

    Thank God FOX News is the steady, voice of reason and calm. All stories need proper context, and this is no different. For all we know, one of the boys might have been taking a film course, and this could have been a class project of some sort. (Why do liberals hate education?) It would be foolish to mistake this for what it obviously seems to be.

  19. S.Luggo

    [re=501410]Sussemilch[/re]:
    Hye, kidz will be kidz. What pranksters. Hah. I wonder what those scamps will little do next? A flaming bag of poo on the dean’s front lawn? Stealing the US missile system’s launch codes?

    Vaugh: The “context” is the United States crimes code.

  20. EdFlinstone

    Oh the conspiracy theories floating around in Glenn Beck’s head now, which one will he pick?

  21. Jukesgrrl

    If the break-in fail-artists were people David Denby doesn’t think are funny, we … I mean THEY … would already be in Gitmo. But since these guys were just trying to subvert democracy, they’re probably already out on bail.

  22. fishskicanoe

    One can only hope that the U.S. Attorney in Nawlins will promptly get a search warrant for the perpetrators employer, the libertarian Pelican Institute, and seize all their records, just as they did to ACORN in the self same city after the Pimp tapes were released. Oh wait, one of the perps is the son of the U.S. Attorney in Nawlins? Never mind.

  23. Radiotherapy

    [re=501444]Lionel Hutz Esq.[/re]: And why the lack of response from the WH? A domestic tearist attacks a sitting US Senator and the Prez is out giving speeches about the middle class and health care. They obviously have such a pre-9/11 mindset. I demand a top-down, total body cavity search, blue-ribbon commission review. Pimp, my ass! This is Wiggergate(tm).

  24. Gopherit

    [re=501434]dr.giraud[/re]: Yes, they were quite3 obviously tricked…..either that, or were trying to catch an evildoer.

  25. Gopherit

    [re=501434]dr.giraud[/re]: This one is even better:

    On January 26th, 2010 at 5:24 pm, chicagojedi said:
    So if the four men turn out to be innocent and have been arrested essentially for undercover journalism what are we going to do? It would be a direct assault by the government on free press. I can tune into the local news any night of the week and see some undercover video shot in a state or federal building. No federal law against dressing up as a phone repairman. No federal law against borrowing a telephone. No mention of any actual wiretapping, just intent whatever that means. Seems intent would require wiretapping gear which the affidavit does not mention. So what action in the affidavit are they being charged with? Presumably videotaping. So again I ask what are we going to do?

    SOunds like it’s time for a Prison Break. Or….Revolution.

  26. Jukesgrrl

    Anyone who thinks O’Keefe is going to prison is overly confident. His lawyer will employ the “too pretty to be incarcerated” defense. And a jury of FOX News viewers will agree.

  27. queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=501457]fishskicanoe[/re]: No no. Flanagan is the son of the AG from the other side of the state. Keep hope alive!

  28. comicbookguy

    [re=501462]Gopherit[/re]: Watergate was an assault on journalism! I think…

    On another note, if you’re anything like me you’re kicking yourself for not approaching this guy with a hidden camera – dressed like a pimp – and asking for his help wiretapping government offices last September.

  29. El Pinche

    I bet FoxNews is involved. Isn’t O’queef dude a FoxNews contributor? Maybe that’s why Vaughn sounds like he just told his best friend his GF is sleeping around.

  30. Gopherit

    [re=501468]comicbookguy[/re]: This guy just doesn’t stop. He has to be a liberal troll:

    On January 26th, 2010 at 6:10 pm, chicagojedi said:
    Crazy conspiracy moment: Why is an FBI Agent from the Violent Crimes Squad leading this case? You’d think the NO office would have a large contingent of agents, at least one of whom would be in charge of cases involving wiretapping and related crimes. So why Rayes? Perhaps the affidavit provides the clue. Rayes states that one of his chief duties as an agent of the Violent Crime Squad was to pursue fleeing fugitives. If, as some have assumed, O’Keefe was being tailed by a vengeful DOJ who better to do the job than an FBI-trained manhunter?

    HE WAS FRAMED!!!

  31. comicbookguy

    [re=501472]Gopherit[/re]: Correction. The *prosecution* of the watergate break-in was an assault on undercover journalism ;)

  32. glamourdammerung

    [re=501474]rocktonsammy[/re]:
    Those Think Progress posters are mean as the dickens.
    Just like here with more trolls and less sodomy jokes and lulz.

    Though now I wonder if there is a connection.

  33. S.Luggo

    [re=501462]Gopherit[/re]: Choice. I’m glad these dickheads are so eager to protect freedoms, e.g. the right to privacy.

    The First Amendment protects the publication of information and opinion, not criminal trespass, not violation of state or federal anti-wiretap laws, and not tampering with the phone company’s equipment(and are O’Keefe lads really in trouble for that last one! Never fuck with Ma Bell.)
    **************
    Title 18 U.S.C. § 2511(1)(a) provides: “any person who –

    “(a) intentionally intercepts, endeavors to intercept, or procures any other person to intercept or endeavor to intercept, any wire, oral, or electronic communication; . . . shall be punished . . . .”

    $10, 000 max fine and/or 5 years in jail.

  34. glamourdammerung

    [re=501480]S.Luggo[/re]: There are obviously other charges too based on the location of the crime and the target.

  35. edgydrifter

    Wiretap laws in the US make about as much sense as Bubba C’s tortured sexytime semantics (it isn’t sex if you are a passive recipient of a sexual act, blather, blather). It’s OK to photograph or record a (silent!) video of a public official without their consent, but not OK to record any sound. Any unauthorized sound recording is considered an illegal wiretap. This is usually used to harass amateur videographers who might have witnessed cop malfeasance. It totally applies here, too. Sucks to be you, overeager cub reporter/pimp/felon.

  36. Mad Brahms

    If the DoJ and FBI and Mary Landrieu and ACORN and the Axis of Evil that funds them as controlled by Obama and Jimmy Hoffa had nothing to hide, they wouldn’t be so worried about phone taps, I tell you. This is what keeps democracy fresh! Citizen action. It’s illegal, but it’s uh, civil disobedience! Yeah! Breaking the unfair laws that keep us from keeping corrupt lieberals straight!

    Seriously, $10 if RedState or The Corner doesn’t actually run this angle.

  37. DustBowlBlues

    MSNBC says the Aryan is the son of an important prosecutor or something in western Pennsylvania. It would be more fun if he had dark hair and were G. Gordon Liddy’s son.

    BTW–It pisses me off that Nobama works harder to make Republics happy than he does Democrats, so I have to depend on douches like the ACORN Aryan Pimp for my good news. Really, people, for the $125 or so I gave the prez, I expected more.

    Then again: Go wiretap pimp dude!

  38. Lefty Lucy

    TP ruins all the fun by voting down the trolls’ comments. They should let the crazy stand loud and proud.

  39. DustBowlBlues

    [re=501410]Sussemilch[/re]: “Waterworld them. Force them to watch an endless loop of the movie.”

    Excellent idea. Your avatar reminds me of the one of the blonde lady looking over half-glasses. I wonder what happened to that wonkeratti.

  40. DustBowlBlues

    [re=501523]DustBowlBlues[/re]: Oops. Western LA–that’ what I get for listening to the news only halfway. If his dad were actually the NO federal attorney, it would make it as good as him being Liddy’s son.

  41. comicbookguy

    According to WaPo, they were wearing hard hats. Hard hats? To fix the telephone? I guess they thought it made them look more official.

  42. artpepper

    [re=501538]comicbookguy[/re]: Actually only one of them was wearing a hard hat. The others were dressed as a cop, an American Indian, a biker, and a cowboy.

  43. Darkness

    Oh, just get it over with and codify it into criminal law that shit is only illegal when it’s committed by liberals. Jesus.

  44. fishskicanoe

    [re=501518]El Pinche[/re]:

    Lets see… One of the perps was a DoD fellow in irregular warfare. Another was a son of a U.S. Attorney with Republican ties. Are these some of the infamous Cheney moles?

  45. CanadianBacon

    From redstate;”Any chance they got baited into trying something like this, because someone “tipped them off” about some shenanigans in Landrieu’s office?”
    How about this angle, They go to trial. At the trial they produce evidence of the shenanigans (feeding the poor which encourages them to breed, helping the homeless, whatever)and the case goes all the way to the Supreme Court where the Court rules that wiretapping liberals engaged in liberalism is not illegal, but indeed required by the constitution. Sounds far-fetched, almost as far-fetched as giving a corporation all the rights of a citizen.

  46. Larry McAwful

    Republicans involved in a political wiretap? Yeah, like that’s ever happened before.

    I understand FoxNews is still waiting to establish a proper context before reporting on the Pearl Harbor attack.

  47. Darkness

    I love the reflexive “oh, um, yeah, let’s pretend we’re journalists” kneejerk there to justify the graphics department not already having political doomsday branding shit for the scandal already. Then the bear thing. Priceless.

  48. ez

    As always Mr Phelps, if you or any of your team is killed or captured we will issue a statement that ‘We have no knowledge about or connection to any alleged acts and events involving James O’Keefe at Senator Mary Landrieu’s office. We only just learned about the alleged incident this afternoon. We have no information other than what has been reported publicly by the press. Accordingly, we simply are not in a position to make any further comment.’

    Swing!

  49. donner_froh

    They screwed the pooch on this one. The Senate, the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body (TM) takes it seriously when mere citizens (subjects) step out of line regarding their august members.

  50. Lionel Hutz Esq.

    [re=501450]RoscoePColtraine[/re]: Yes. I remember all the context FOX News gave Van Jones.

    [re=501459]Radiotherapy[/re]: Yes, they should have listen to Bill O’Reilly and shot them all on sight!

  51. WideStance

    Imagine for one second the MSM firestorm if the target was a Republican and/or one of the wiretappers was of Middle Eastern ancestry.

  52. libwakman

    Well know fact that “Acorners” breed like animals..this was simply an attempt to record party sounds for the next K Street gathering of the Illuminati.

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