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ACORN ‘Pimp’ James O’Keefe Attacks Real, Actual Journalists Over Romney 47% Video

by David Badash on September 19, 2012

in Media,News,Politics

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James O’Keefe, the man whose name will forever be synonymous with cherry-picked, selectively-edited video that ignores facts and timelines in order to create the picture you want, yesterday attacked real, actual journalists via a Twitter tantrum for the leaked video that exposed Mitt Romney’s “47%” comments at a Florida $50,000 a plate fundraiser.

But rather than me tell you the tale, allow Wonkette’s Rebecca Schoenkopf to share it with you in a far more effective manner than I ever could:

Struggling filmmaker James O’Keefe has some thoughts on Mother Jones’ home movies of the day Mitt Romney united the nation. And in his considered opinion, Mother Jones’ unnamed source may have BROKEN A LAW.

Now, we’re no media lawyer. But we did look up this Florida statute that was being cited by Forbes as a total (not possible, but total) felony, and guess what! It’s actually about wiretapping! So that Forbes guy is maybe not a media lawyer either!

Anyway, we just wanted to point out that when James “Rape Boat” O’Keefe is calling you out for your dirty tactics, Mother Jones, you should be veryvery ashamed.

That was fun.

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{ 2 comments }

thatsdrfreak September 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Shorter O'Keefe: HEY LOOK AT ME! OVER HERE!! DON'T FORGET ABOUT ME, ME, ME!!!!!

Tilghman Lesher September 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Nothing against Wonkette, but while the statute is about wiretapping, courts have long held that it applies to video recording in which audio is a component. It is definitely one of those areas where the law does not keep up with technology, so courts try to interpret the statutue as best they can. However, the real legal standard at issue is whether Romney had a reasonable expectation of privacy. Given that he was the headline speaker at a large gathering, it's unlikely that he had an expectation of privacy. There's a similar case in Florida from 2001 with a student recording their professor in a classroom of 30, and the DA declined to prosecute.

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