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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

NPR Saboteur Hired By Fox News

How anyone thought O'Keefe was actually a pimp is beyond me.
Following a sting that (illegally?) recorded a former National Public Radio VP talking trash about the Tea Party, the weasel who lied his friends' way into the VP's his office has been hired by Fox News.

Ron Schiller, Former Senior Vice President for Fundraising, was caught on tape saying the Tea Party was “racist” and "scary.” The operation was orchestrated by Professional Jerk-Off James O’Keefe, the same ethically flawed hack who posed as a pimp to tool on the Association of Community Organizations for Reform (ACORN).

O’Keefe had some friends pose as Muslims and meet with Schiller in an attempt to get him to embarrass himself the same way ACORN did. They said they were with the Muslim Brotherhood and wanted to donate $5 million to NPR, but first felt like getting the former VP to disclose his personal feelings about the Tea Party. NPR has said Schiller was already in the process of leaving, but today, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation) resigned amid controversy.

Some folks in the media have had the audacity to call O’Keefe a journalist but here are a few things every journalist is taught freshman year of college: you are never to impersonate or misrepresent yourself; it is a federal offense to record audio of someone without their knowing, and you never lie to sources. Anyone who has earned a D- or better in Journalism 101 will tell you that you report the story but always avoid being part of the story. O'Keefe has been quoted as saying, "I'm not just reporting on something. I'm becoming something I'm reporting on."

In another instance, O'Keefe was arrested for trying to manipulate the phone lines of a U.S. Senator.

O’Keefe is not a journalist and the fact that he’s joining the ranks of Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck at Fox News only verifies this. Good journalism often requires being a persistent pain in the ass of whoever your investigation is targeting. Lord knows I’ve made my fair share of enemies reporting over the years. But O’Keefe is an attention whore at best and a criminal at worst.

James O’Keefe is to journalism as Chris Hanson is to crime fighting: a dishonest joke.

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