Remember James O’Keefe and Project Veritas, the Keystone Kops of Wingnut Sting? O’Keefe was instrumental in shutting down ACORN, which is a feather in his Huggy Bear pimp-cap. But he was later successfully sued for $100K by an ACORN employee he smeared with deceptively edited tapes.
As a follow-up own-goal, O’Keefe and crew dressed like telecom employees to try to bug the office of Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu but ended up arrested, fined and sentenced to probation and community service instead. In another bizarre incident, O’Keefe tried to lure CNN correspondent Abbie Boudreau onto a boat with a cargo of dildos to…embarrass her somehow? But he was outed by a female colleague, becoming the object of ridicule himself.
Oh, and who can forget when O’Keefe tried to set up a sting on a foundation funded by wingnut nemesis George Soros? His plan was foiled when O’Keefe failed to hang up the phone after leaving a voice mail under an assumed name at the foundation as bait, then regaled his comrades with a detailed account of the planned sting, all recorded on the foundation’s phone message system.
I mean, this guy is just a bumbling idiot. Only rank Republican cynicism and blue dog cowardice enabled the ACORN scam to gain any traction at all, and he’s done nothing but step on his own pee-pee ever since. Anyhoo, with that background in mind, when I saw an announcement on Twitter this morning that O’Keefe planned to reveal “hours of undercover audio recordings of employees at CNN” and read O’Keefe’s tweets squeeing that he even had Trump on tenterhooks for the big reveal, I was skeptical:
He'll probably accidentally release his own painfully embarrassing Christian Mingle intro vid, then slam his briefcase shut on his own dick. https://t.co/CckWgNqYtS
— Betty Cracker (@bettycrackerfl) February 23, 2017
Okay, that didn’t happen, but what did was almost as dumb. Via Politico:
For a few days, Project Veritas founder and conservative activist James O’Keefe has been hyping the release of what he said where hundreds of hours of undercover audio recordings of employees at CNN.. Before releasing the tapes Thursday, O’Keefe was featured on The Drudge Report and on Sean Hannity’s radio show, where he previewed their release.
Instead, what O’Keefe released on Thursday landed with a dud in the media world… What got the most attention on social media though was the unusual highlighting of a well-known journalism quote about how journalism is about ‘aiding the afflicted and afflicting the comforted.’ But Project Veritas portrayed the situation as Richard Griffiths, now Vice President and Senior Editorial Director, being “caught explaining” the role of a journalist.
Here is Griffiths’ quote, as ‘caught’ by Project Veritas:
“If we are journalists, what is our role as a journalist? What is the fundamental role as a journalist, for us to do? Tell a story. Tell what’s going on. There’s a secondary corollary to that, right? Aid the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. To a degree, right? Is that not part of the traditional role of a journalist. It’s actually one of the things I can be most proud of as a journalist. You know we try to show the ugly side of humanity so we can do something about it. It’s hard, very hard.”
O’Keefe suggested in a video that CNN is now working on afflicting President Donald Trump. The phrase “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” though sometimes attributed to H.L. Mencken, is best known for its use in the 1960 film “Inherit The Wind.”
Oh, and it turns out the audio is from 2009. And the other “bombshells” from the tape are a polling director slagging on Rasmussen, an assignment desk editor saying “Fox News is unbearable,” and a news desk editor saying “there’s no debate” about climate change. I’m sure CNN is rocked to its very foundations by these earth-shattering revelations. Or not.
But the right is never one to hold moronitude against someone who has successfully aided the defunding of an organization that helped poor people. So O’Keefe will remain what passes for a star in the conservative firmament: a dim, gaseous object that appears to shine only in contrast to the void around it. The end.