Remember that letter Martin Luther King Jr. wrote from a Birmingham jail? What about Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Each one a stirring moral treatise on society’s injustices, a refusal to Stand Down. Well guess what: starting today they both suck, because ACORN douche-pimp James O’Keefe, ringleading bitch of the Watergate Jr. Four, has one-upped most letters about injustice with his own. Let us Read.
The government has now confirmed what has always been clear: No one tried to wiretap or bug Senator Landrieu’s office. Nor did we try to cut or shut down her phone lines. Reports to this effect over the past 48 hours are inaccurate and false.
As an investigative journalist, my goal is to expose corruption and lack of concern for citizens by government and other institutions, as I did last year when our investigations revealed the massive corruption and fraud perpetrated by ACORN. For decades, investigative journalists have used a variety of tactics to try to dig out and reveal the truth.
I learned from a number of sources that many of Senator Landrieu’s constituents were having trouble getting through to her office to tell her that they didn’t want her taking millions of federal dollars in exchange for her vote on the healthcare bill. When asked about this, Senator Landrieu’s explanation was that, “Our lines have been jammed for weeks.” I decided to investigate why a representative of the people would be out of touch with her constituents for “weeks” because her phones were broken. In investigating this matter, we decided to visit Senator Landrieu’s district office – the people’s office – to ask the staff if their phones were working.
On reflection, I could have used a different approach to this investigation, particularly given the sensitivities that people understandably have about security in a federal building. The sole intent of our investigation was to determine whether or not Senator Landrieu was purposely trying to avoid constituents who were calling to register their views to her as their Senator. We video taped the entire visit, the government has those tapes, and I’m eager for them to be released because they refute the false claims being repeated by much of the mainstream media.
It has been amazing to witness the journalistic malpractice committed by many of the organizations covering this story. MSNBC falsely claimed that I violated a non-existent “gag order.” The Associated Press incorrectly reported that I “broke in” to an office which is open to the public. The Washington Post has now had to print corrections in two stories on me. And these are just a few examples of inaccurate and false reporting. The public will judge whether reporters who can’t get their facts straight have the credibility to question my integrity as a journalist.
We’re linking to the Corner’s posting of this Statement, because if somebody’s going to get page views, better the #1 Internet blog get them than Andrew Breitbart’s “Big Government.” Or was it Big Journalism. Big Hollywood? Well, whatever Big pile of shit Breitbart dumped this one on.
Speaking of the Corner, a strange thing happened the other day over yonder: a suspiciously “rational”-sounding person, perhaps even an adult, posted about O’Keefe and provided a nice argument we’ll now use to retroactively counter this Statement of Injustices:
In fact, let me go further. Whatever you think of these kinds of publicity stunts, they do not constitute investigative journalism. The earlier ACORN videos weren’t pieces of investigative journalism, either. It does the growing ranks of investigative journalists at conservative organizations a great disservice to invite a comparison of such publicity stunts with the hard, meticulous, and often boring work of exposing government waste and corruption.
There’s a place for creating video parodies and the like. Good for a laugh, make a point, okay. But let’s make the right distinctions — and call out foolish behavior regardless of the intent.
James O’Keefe = permanent College Republican goofball criminal prankster douche.
Kathryn Jean Lopez = Investigative Journalist.
That should clear things up.
Statement from James O’Keefe [The Corner]