ACORN Fraudster O’Keefe Thwarted in Slimy ‘CNN Caper’
September 29, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)— Will this latest sleazy dishonest smear job of Andrew Brietbart protege James O’Keefe finally, once and for all, discredit him in the eyes of the media? CNN is reporting that O’Keefe had planned an elaborate hidden video stunt aboard a boat dubbed a “palace of pleasure,” to embarrass and discredit CNN and correspondent Abbie Boudreau. What was the plan? O’Keefe intended to lure Boudreau inside a boat staged with sex toy props under false pretenses, wherein O’Keefe was prepared to “seduce” her with “strawberries and champagne.” OK, let’s stop right here. The fake pimp ACORN fraudster on probation for entering a federal building under false pretenses, thought he could pull off a phony seduction scene with a real live woman, really? And a seasoned reporter no less. Was he planning to dress up in his outlandish pimp costume?
Before O’Keefe was able to proceed with his self-described “CNN Caper,” Izzy Santa, an employee of Project Veritas, his right-wing activist group, spilled the beans to Boudreau, when the reporter arrived for a scheduled meeting with O’Keefe, as part of an ongoing CNN special “Right On The Edge.”
Santa was having second thoughts about the potential backlash resulting from O’Keefe’s ridiculous plot to smear CNN’s Boudreau with a hidden camera sex stunt. So, Santa confessed the details of the “palace of pleasure,” plan to Boudreau, before O’Keefe tried to lure her onto his boat equipped with hidden cameras.
Santa later provided CNN with emails from O’Keefe’s account, an audio tape of a phone call with Boudreau, recorded without her permission and a 13-page document, named “CNN Caper” detailing the plot.
After reading the CNN Caper document, Boudreau called “outlandish and so juvenile,” she at first questioned if it was real. It was.
“But in a phone conversation, Santa confirmed the document was authentic. Listed under “equipment needed,” is “hidden cams on the boat,” and a “tripod and overt recorder near the bed, an obvious sex tape machine.”‘
“Among the props listed were a “condom jar, dildos, posters and paintings of naked women, fuzzy handcuffs” and a blindfold.”
After recording his August 10 telephone conversation with Boudreau, O’Keefe sent an email with the audio of the conversation attached, excited about the prospect of filming her on his boat with hidden cameras.
“CNN was forwarded an e-mail, sent from O’Keefe’s e-mail address, to the executive director of Project Veritas, Izzy Santa; and two conservative activists, Ben Wetmore of New Orleans and Jonathon Burns of St. Louis, Missouri, dated after the call with Boudreau.”
‘”Getting Closer,” the e-mail states. “Audio attached conversation with Abbie. What do you think of her reaction guys. She said she could do it Monday, Tuesday. Ben, you think I could get her on the boat?”‘
O’Keefe later said in an email, the 13-page CNN Caper document was not his “work product,” and he claimed he never intended to follow through with the plot. But he refused to answer any additional questions about the so called “gag.”
As part of the plot to smear Boudreau, the CNN Caper document also revealed a plan to peddle a fake news story to CNN using a fake video. O’Keefe then planned to inform Fox News that CNN was reporting on a false story.
O’Keefe is best remembered for his fraudulent ACORN stings, using heavily edited undercover video to successfully discredit and dismantle the organization that helped poor minorities. He led the media to believe he was dressed in his outlandish pimp costume depicted on the tapes. He wasn’t.
After lengthy investigations, prosecutors in New York and California found no evidence of wrongdoing by ACORN. And the officials further found that the videos were heavily edited to deceive the public into believing ACORN approved of an illegal brothel operation.
O’Keefe also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of entering the federal offices of Sen. Landrieu (D-LA), during another thwarted sting, wherein O’Keefe videotaped his right-wing associates dressed up as telephone repairmen.
O’Keefe planned to prove that Landrieu was deliberately not answering her phones during the healthcare reform debate, after some constituents complained they could not get through. The phones were simply busy. And O’Keefe and his cohorts were arrested and charged with a felony.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval had some strong words for O’Keefe, during his plea deal, which he apparently has ignored.
“Federal buildings and federal officers have been and are the target of threats, and on occasion the victims of acts of violence,” reads the judge’s order. “Deception is alleged to have been used by the defendants to achieve their purposes, which in and of itself is unconscionable. Perceived righteousness of a cause does not justify nefarious and potentially dangerous actions,” said Duval after accepting O’Keefe’s guilty plea and sentencing him to probation.
Excerpts from the “CNN Caper” can be found here.
(Update: Jamison Foser of Media Matters describes O’Keefe, as a “twisted” and “vicious, misogynist.”
“Lying to a reporter in order to lure her onto a boat under false pretenses, then secretly recording her reaction to being confronted in an enclosed, unfamiliar environment by a strange man with handcuffs and sex toys, all while disparaging her as a “bubble-headed-bleach-blonde,” is not a “stunt.” It is the vicious, misogynist act of a twisted person whose 15 minutes should have expired long ago.”