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Talking Points Memo: Sen. Durbin Takes On James O'Keefe


By FZ - Posted on 16 March 2011

March 15, 2011- NPR may be in a defensive crouch, but at least one Democratic lawmaker is publicly pushing back against James O'Keefe's war on public broadcasting: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL).

Durbin took to the Senate floor on Monday to mount a defense of NPR and PBS and attack O'Keefe's credibility. Noting that previous O'Keefe tapes have been found to be misleadingly edited, including his footage of ACORN in which he posed as a pimp, Durbin said that the same tactics were being used to go after NPR. He cited a widely circulated analysis by Glenn Beck's website, The Blaze, as evidence.

"Mr. O'Keefe appears to be engaged in creative editing again, and this time his target is National Public Radio," he said. "That's not just my opinion. The website of none other than Fox News' own Glenn Beck -- that's right, Glenn Beck -- compares the edited and unedited versions of Mr. O'Keefe's latest video and concludes that the edited version appears to be deceptively edited in order to portray statements by one of the secretely recorded NPR execs out of context."

Durbin called out O'Keefe for his previous antics as well, reminding lawmakers that he had been arrested and convicted on misdemeanor charges in an attempted prank on Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) office.

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