|Conservative "sting" provacateur James O'Keefe is |
definitely not very good at what he does.
This one is an interesting one for me, because it looks like a purveror of fake news just got faked out and stung.
This one involves the Trump inauguration. We'll get it soon, but first some background.
James O'Keefe is this young provocateur who does these sting videos that appear to show left wing or at least left-ish group doing bad things. He's famous for ending the political action group Acorn, and causing a lot of grief for Planned Parenthood.
Undercover stings by media organizations have their place, but unfortunatlely, O'Keefe always edited his sting videos to be completely misleading and factually wrong to make his conservative points.
Also, it seems O'Keefe isn't very good at it, either. Back in March, he apparently telephoned the Open Society Foundations, a philanthropic organization brought to us by George Soros, a hedge fund billionaire who contributes to liberal causes.
According to the New Yorker, a person believed to be O'Keefe left a message, but forgot to hang up after leaving the message.
The person "seemed to be conducting a meeting about how to perpetrate an elaborate sting on Soros," wrote New Yorker writer Jane Mayer.
Yep, O'Keefe just stung himself there in an attempted sting.
Also, back in 2010, O'Keefe suffered some fallout from his ACORN weirdness
He ended up being sentenced to three years probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine for his role in a break-in and phone tampering in the offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana.
Now, according to Huffington Post, O'Keefe recently got stung again.
If this story verifies, I suspect O'Keefe could get in trouble, too, we'll see.
Liberal groups The Undercurrent and Americans Take Action released videos they secretly took of what they say are O'Keefe operatives offering large sums of money to the liberal groups it they disrupt the inauguration and "put a stop to the inauguration."
The O'Keefe operatives appear to offer unlimited resources, including shutting down the bridges into Washington DC.
Although I don't know for sure if The Undercurrent videos are edited to make O'Keefe look particularly bad.
Still the idea of O'Keefe trying to falsely portray liberal groups as wanting to cause riots to disrupt the Trump administration is both galling and silly.
I do know that O'Keefe will probably continue to make his "Project Veritas" videos, as he calls them. If you really want fake news, enjoy the O'Keefe videos.
Otherwise the guy is irrelevant. Too bad he's one of the few people to not believe that. And too bad he's not very good at what he proclaims to be good at.