Asbury Park Press: Hidden-camera activist James O'Keefe turns away APP videographer

March 18, 2011- James O'Keefe, the conservative activist known for his hidden-camera videos that have made headlines, apparently was not thrilled about the idea of being videotaped himself during a speech he gave Thursday evening.

O'Keefe, who spoke to about 100 members of the Bayshore Tea Party and their supporters at Ye Cottage Inn, declined to be videotaped by an Asbury Park Press photographer who was there to cover the event.

His wishes were communicated by Tea Party members at the event, who asked the photographer to leave.

During his speech, O'Keefe, 26, told the audience: "What I do is expose things for what they are. I show that a triangle has three sides. And I do it on a video camera.''

According to O'Keefe, moral indignation is the strongest force in politics. He contends that is the reason why what he does is so effective.

Talking Points Memo: Latest James O'Keefe NPR Tape Immediately Proves A Dud

March 17, 2011- Branded as a revelatory scoop uncovering previously unknown donations from George Soros to NPR, James O'Keefe's latest sting on NPR was debunked as a non-story within hours of its release.

The news that O'Keefe purports to "break" -- that Soros had previously donated to the public broadcaster via grants from Soros' Open Society Institute -- had, in fact, long been publicly known through tax records and even press releases.

Media Matters: O'Keefe's Latest NPR Bombshell Instantly Falls Apart

March 17, 2011- Discredited conservative activist James O'Keefe is out with yet another NPR video, and its auteur took to Twitter to tease its SHOCKING REVELATION:

 Yep, that's the big story, and in his narration to the tape O'Keefe delivers this breaking news: "Betsy Liley went on to explain that [an October 2010 grant] was not the first time George Soros' Open Society Institute had donated to NPR. In fact, the public will learn for the first time that George Soros' Open Society Foundation has donated to NPR in the past, starting as many as 15 years ago."

Actually, Soros and Open Society funding of NPR programming is not a secret. In fact, NPR has openly publicized the fact that they've received Soros and Open Society money.

Talking Points Memo: Citing 'Punk'd,' James O'Keefe Questions Calif. Recording Law In ACORN Sting Suit

March 17, 2011- James O'Keefe has been all over the news this month for his sting operation targeting National Public Radio. His undercover videos have strengthened House Republicans efforts to defund NPR.

Meanwhile, the fallout from one of O'Keefe's previous sting operations targeting the Association of Community Organizers for Reform Now (ACORN) is still playing out in federal court, where lawyers for the conservative provocateur are claiming a California law banning audio recordings without the consent of the other party is unconstitutional.

Huffington Post: Anthony Weiner On Defunding NPR's 'Car Talk': 'Thank God We Solved This Problem For The Country!'

March 17, 2011- Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) wants everyone to know what his GOP colleagues have done to avert financial crisis. After the House voted on Thursday to end federal funding for National Public Radio, Weiner mocked members of the House GOP for targeting Click and Clack, the Boston-based brothers who, on NPR's radio show 'Car Talk,' offer weekly advice on mechanics and life.

"We finally found out our problem, we discovered a target that we can all agree on: it's these guys!" said Weiner, pointing to a poster of Click and Clack. "Thank God we solved this problem for the country!" The New York Congressman berated the Magliozzi brothers for their horrible Boston accents, and congratulated his GOP colleagues on putting an end to the brothers' general pollution of the airwaves.

"Cah Talk?" said Weiner. "It's a car! It's a car, ladies and gentlemen!"

Top 11 Ways The BEAST is better than James O’Keefe

Originally posted on the Buffalo Beast, March 9, 2011-

Because the MSM cannot figure it out

So, James O’Keefe got some NPR people to say that liberals are smarter than conservatives and that Tea Partiers are sometimes racists. Big scoop. Those are just facts, known-knowns, and the undercover sting revealed very little regarding what NPR execs know about right-wing lunatics.

Comparisons between O’Keefe and Murphy have abounded of late, but we’re here to clear up why our pranks are so much better than his and why that kid sucks:

1.We don’t edit our documentation out of context in order to give the impression that the subject said the opposite of what was intended.

2.When we fail, we’re at least honest about it.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: Videographer Behind Secret NPR Videos Makes Push for Nonprofit Status

March 14, 2011- James O’Keefe, the controversial videographer, has taken down the prominent antipoverty group Acorn, senior NPR executives, and employees at both Planned Parenthood and the New Jersey teachers’ union.

But he may face a tougher task now that he is asking for help from one of the nation’s biggest institutions, the Internal Revenue Service.

The 26-year-old self-proclaimed investigative journalist is seeking charity status for Project Veritas, an organization he created to raise money for his projects.

Because its application with the IRS for tax-exempt status is still pending, little information is publicly available about Project Veritas and how it will operate. The IRS does not make public applications for charity status until after it approves them.

Mark Crispin Miller
Progressive Democrats of America