Wait until the facts are in.
Mainstream Media, ACORN, Media Matters (all the supposed defenders of due process and journalistic ethics) are jumping to conclusions over the arrest today of James O’Keefe, with the clear intention to smear and, if possible, convict O’Keefe and his alleged co-conspirators in the court of public opinion in order to taint the “jury of their peers.”
The ACORN story was a huge black eye for the organized left and their allies and cohorts in the mainstream media. So they are relishing every minute of this breaking story, making it their top story – while they ignored the initial ACORN story until they no longer could.
MSNBC and other “news organizations” are even billing this developing story as “Watergate”. What do Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow know? And when did they know it?
I’m sure they would like to believe O’Keefe is stupid enough to try to “wiretap” a sitting U.S. senator in broad daylight during office hours, while recording the entire sequence of events on his cell phone camera. And they’d like you to believe it, too.
But there is absolutely no allegation in the criminal complaint that “wiretapping” or “bugging” is any part of this case, just the charge that O’Keefe and the others entered Sen. Landrieu’s office in New Orleans “for the purpose of interfering with the office’s telephone system.”
Breitbart also mentions that the Washington Post’s story on the affair alleges in its lede that O’Keefe was trying to bug Landrieu’s office – and the WaPo reporter who wrote the piece, Carol Leonnig, is the same one who had to retract an allegation last fall that O’Keefe was motivated by racism in exposing ACORN.
The key takeaway from Breitbart’s story is the deductive part. O’Keefe might come off as a cocky kid, but he doesn’t give the impression he’s a dope. What he’s accused of would make him a dope by anybody’s reckoning, so it’s clear something doesn’t add up.
O’Keefe’s partners in this little black op don’t come off as dopes, either. Stan Dai has a pretty distinguished academic background, having graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the George Washington University and spent some time as an undergraduate fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and as an Operations Officer of a Department of Defense irregular warfare fellowship program. Robert Flanagan, the son of a U.S. Attorney from Shreveport, blogs for the Pelican Institute, a conservative think tank out of New Orleans. Meanwhile Joseph Basel, the fourth member of the crew, began a conservative student newspaper at the University of Minnesota-Morris.
Could they be guilty of what the legacy media assumes? Sure, it’s possible. As Breitbart says, though, the idea that they’d go into Landrieu’s office with a rather transparent attempt to bug the phones during office hours with all the employees there, while O’Keefe recorded the whole thing on his camera phone is patently ludicrous.
I can’t say what this thing entailed. But it’s safe to say there is much more here than meets the eye. And the last time someone underestimated O’Keefe, he brought a great deal of pain and embarrassment down on a lot of people. He might be crazy, but he’s proven he’s not stupid.
Don’t judge this thing yet. Let the facts come out. We’re likely to see a show.