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Conservative Hero

Jame O’Keefe became an instant conservative hero last fall when he released film allegedly showing ACORN employees advising him on how to break the law. In the video, he dressed up like a pimp in a cheap X rated movie. However it was later determined that O’Keefe edited the video footage to change appearances. For example, when he went to the ACORN offices he was wearing normal clothes, but he edited in scenes of himself wearing the pimp outfit. He also edited questions and answers to make it appear that he was receiving illegal advice. In the end, no criminal charges were brought against ACORN, and an independent investigation cleared them of any wrongdoing. For its part, ACORN fired several people for improper conduct.

But that didn’t stop conservatives from going on the warpath, and trying to defund ACORN (despite the fact that that is unconstitutional). Curiously, the only person who had actually broken the law was O’Keefe himself, for filming people without their permission and entrapment, but he was never charged.

But O’Keefe might get his day in court as a defendant after all. On Monday, O’Keefe and three other men were arrested by federal agents when, dressed and claiming to be phone company employees, they tried break into the office phone system of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu in New Orleans.

So, if O’Keefe and his buddies are convicted, with Congress attempt to defund all conservative organizations associated with O’Keefe?

UPDATE: See the comments. Also see this article about one of the other defendents, who is the son of the acting US Attorney for that district, and is a Bush appointee about to be replaced by an Obama appointee.



  1. James M wrote:

    You missed the real story. Who exactly were the buddies trying to get into the phone closet to tap the phones?

    “Conservative operatives James O’Keefe, Robert Flanagan,Stan Dai and Joseph Basel have all been jailed for trying to tamper with phones at Landrieu’s office.”

    WHO is Robert Flanagan? The son of acting U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan, due to be replaced by a nominee named by Obama, Tomorrow.

    President Barack Obama has nominated a federal prosecutor in Lafayette to be U.S. Attorney for Louisiana’s western district that is headquartered in Shreveport.

    Stephanie Finley’s nomination on Wednesday must be confirmed by the Senate before she can take the post.

    Finley would replace Donald Washington, who was appointed by President George W. Bush and resigned on Monday. The U.S. Attorney’s office is currently run by Bill Flanagan of Shreveport, the first assistant U.S. Attorney.

    So Flanagan’s “replacement” (not really, but he will be superceded) is set to be nominated tomorrow by a Democratic president. Today, his son gets busted trying to tap the phones of one of the most difficult — and therefore most important — Democratic Senators.

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Permalink
  2. starluna wrote:

    The NYT article on this described how Mr. O’Keefe became famous, but did not mention that his videos were faked. So much for the liberally biased mainstream media.

    Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Permalink
  3. Milton wrote:

    24 year old Robert Flanagan, son of the acting US Attorney for Western LA, William Flanagan (Senator Vitter Held Up Acting U.S. Attorney Flanagan’s Replacement) will more than likely get a plea deal and turn on The other three, too bad.

    Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Permalink