James O’Keefe Tried to Scam PBS Too

But PBS smelled something funny
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Admitted criminal and right wing attack dog James O’Keefe didn’t just target NPR with his phony Muslim organization scam; his cronies also contacted the Public Broadcasting System.

According to PBS spokeswoman Anne Bentley, they had an initial conversation with O’Keefe’s “Muslim Education Action Center,” but put an end to discussions when they couldn’t verify the group’s credentials.

NPR could have saved themselves a lot of grief by doing the same thing. Maybe NPR and PBS should start sharing information about attempted right wing stings.

UPDATE at 3/9/11 2:14:40 pm

More information at the NYT’s Media Decoder blog: Like NPR, PBS Met With Fictional Donors.

Anne Bentley, a PBS spokeswoman, said PBS’ senior vice president for development, Brian Reddington, attended a lunch with the fake donors in February. She said she had “no sense at all” of whether Mr. Reddington was taped during that lunch; when asked if PBS was concerned about a possible tape surfacing, she declined to comment.

Ms. Bentley said that Mr. Reddington came back from the lunch with “profound concerns about the organization” and began what she called a routine vetting process “when there is an appearance of a conflict of interest and to ensure they meet requirements of transparency and openness.”

“Attempts to confirm the credentials of the organization proved unsatisfactory and communication was halted by PBS,” she said.

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80 comments
1 Targetpractice  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:03:19pm

Remind me again why this scumbag is not yet behind bars?

2 _RememberTonyC  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:04:25pm

TV people are smarter than radio people

/

3 HappyWarrior  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:05:20pm

It's going to be a funny day when O'Keefe gets caught with his pants down.

4 efuseakay  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:05:32pm

NPR should re-instate her, and give her a raise.

5 Vicious Michigan Union Thug  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:05:46pm

I can't wait for O'Keefe to try and prank the Daily Show.

6 jaunte  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:05:54pm

The Donald Segretti of his generation.

7 Obdicut  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:06:40pm

And of course O'Keefe doesn't publish that, doesn't acknowledge that. Because it doesn't fit his campaign of demonization and slander.

8 Targetpractice  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:06:46pm

re: #2 _RememberTonyC

TV people are smarter than radio people

/

Nah, just an easier time getting to the masses. Just post your video to Youtube, then leave a few "tips" that the video's there are and that it's "explosive." By the end of the following day, everybody from Breitbart to Faux News has it at the top of their "breaking news."

9 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:08:09pm

Big Bird knows best.

10 Kragar  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:08:24pm

re: #7 Obdicut

And of course O'Keefe doesn't publish that, doesn't acknowledge that. Because it doesn't fit his campaign of demonization and slander.

There is no discovery phase in the court of public opinion.

11 Targetpractice  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:08:34pm

re: #7 Obdicut

And of course O'Keefe doesn't publish that, doesn't acknowledge that. Because it doesn't fit his campaign of demonization and slander.

Of course. Scam artists never admit their failures.

12 _RememberTonyC  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:08:50pm

re: #8 Targetpractice, Worst of Both Worlds

Nah, just an easier time getting to the masses. Just post your video to Youtube, then leave a few "tips" that the video's there are and that it's "explosive." By the end of the following day, everybody from Breitbart to Faux News has it at the top of their "breaking news."

if it bleeds, it "leads."

13 Kragar  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:11:03pm

re: #12 _RememberTonyC

if it bleeds, it "leads."

I thought if it bleeds we could kill it. I'm so confused.

14 Obdicut  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:11:47pm

re: #11 Targetpractice, Worst of Both Worlds

Scam artist is exactly right. Taking the exception and pretending it's the rule is a classic scam.

15 HappyWarrior  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:12:42pm

One of these days, O'Keefe is going to get screwed with himself and his right wing admirers will cry about dirty politics.

16 HappyWarrior  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:13:07pm

re: #15 HappyWarrior

One of these days, O'Keefe is going to get screwed with himself and his right wing admirers will cry about dirty politics.

Err will be screwed himself in a scam. Sorry

17 jamesfirecat  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:16:34pm

re: #15 HappyWarrior

One of these days, O'Keefe is going to get screwed with himself and his right wing admirers will cry about dirty politics.

Didn't they already do that when he got caught trying to tap the governor's phones?

18 HappyWarrior  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:18:22pm

re: #17 jamesfirecat

Didn't they already do that when he got caught trying to tap the governor's phones?

It was a senator's but yeah they did or at least tried to make Landrieu out to be the bad guy.

19 Targetpractice  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:19:13pm

re: #15 HappyWarrior

One of these days, O'Keefe is going to get screwed with himself and his right wing admirers will cry about dirty politics.

Depends. If he gets caught saying stupid shit in front of a camera, then they'll whine that he's "got rights" and being filmed without his consent is "illegal." But if he gets caught saying/doing something criminal, then they'll send out a burn notice and toss his ass to the wolves.

20 Fozzie Bear  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:19:57pm

re: #17 jamesfirecat

Didn't they already do that when he got caught trying to tap the governor's phones?

I'm still amazed that he tried to tap a fucking senator's phone, and he isn't in prison. It boggles the mind.

21 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:20:14pm

re: #18 HappyWarrior

It was a senator's but yeah they did or at least tried to make Landrieu out to be the bad guy.

Yeah, I wander into Barbara Boxer's office and try to mess with the phones all the time. No one ever complains...

//And people here were yapping about how if Landrieu doesn't have anything to hide, what's the problem...

22 Killgore Trout  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:21:38pm

re: #17 jamesfirecat

Didn't they already do that when he got caught trying to tap the governor's phones?

Yeah, they've been busted and already exposed doctoring tapes and the wingnuts still love them. It's impossible for them do fuck up so bad to lose credibility because they've already done that. They'll go away when the wingnuts get tired of hyperventilating over fake tapes. Don't hold your breath.

23 Obdicut  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:23:58pm

re: #22 Killgore Trout

It's more kayfabe. The right wing doesn't actually believe in these exposes, for the most part, they know its nonsense and play-acting, but that's what they actually want.

24 Killgore Trout  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:24:02pm

OT: I love my Roomba. It has been slowing down lately so I took it apart and cleaned out the innards. A screwdriver and 15 minutes later and it's as good as new again.

25 Gus  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:24:40pm

Amazing really. The lengths the right wing will go to destroy PBS or NPR. After all the things that both these organizations have contributed to American culture, education, and so on. They truly represent the party of "know nothings" and anti-intellectualism.

26 Talking Point Detective  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:25:40pm

Seattle backpack-bomber of the MLK march is a white-supremacist?

I'm shocked. Shocked, I say.

Afterall, there is no rightwing extremism.

27 lawhawk  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:26:42pm

OT: AG Holder is giving a presser on issues relating to Somali pirates and other events including the Spokane bomb plot, but isn't releasing the name of the suspect in custody at this time.

28 Shiplord Kirel  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:26:43pm

Breaking News: The FBI has made an arrest in the attempted bombing on MLK day in Spokane.

Among other things we learn that the bomb apparently contained an especially nasty refinement:

A source familiar with the investigation said the device was fueled by gunpowder or a similar commercial "low-explosive" surrounded by lead pellets and a white powder that has tested to be rat poison.

Many rat poisons contain the chemical warfarin, an anticoagulant. There have been media reports that some suicide bombers in the Middle East pack their bombs with rat poison in hopes of making them more lethal.

29 Killgore Trout  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:27:10pm

re: #26 Talking Point Detective

Seattle backpack-bomber of the MLK march is a white-supremacist?

I'm shocked. Shocked, I say.

Afterall, there is no rightwing extremism.

Thousands of Tea Partiers are now desperately hoping he wasn't active in the Spokane 9-12 group.

30 Gus  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:27:12pm

Another thing. I remember growing up as a child that the primary source of information and education on the Holocaust came by way of PBS programming. Much of the history programming on WWII, "World at War", "Victory at Sea". This is the thanks they get?

31 Obdicut  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:27:19pm

re: #28 Shiplord Kirel

We are so lucky that they disarmed that bomb. That would have been horrific.

Glad they caught the motherfucker.

32 Targetpractice  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:27:42pm

re: #23 Obdicut

It's more kayfabe. The right wing doesn't actually believe in these exposes, for the most part, they know its nonsense and play-acting, but that's what they actually want.

I have to disagree, they believe in them because they want to believe in them, they want something to "verify" what they believe to be the truth. They wanted to believe that ACORN is involved in criminal activities, and O'Keefe brings them "proof" that it is so. They wanted to believe the Planned Parenthood was skirting the law, and O'Keefe delivered. And now they want to believe that NPR is biased in such a way that pulling funding from them is justified and O'Keefe has made it so.

A good scam artist is one that caters to the desires, expressed or secret, of the sucker. An great scam artist is one whose scam is so convincing, the sucker will refuse all evidence to the contrary, even unto death.

33 lawhawk  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:28:24pm

re: #27 lawhawk

And Holder disagrees with Rep. King's claim that the Muslim community isn't doing enough to go after the extremists in their community (not enough outreach); Holder's focus is on individuals (or groups of individuals) not communities.

34 Targetpractice  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:30:42pm

re: #32 Targetpractice, Worst of Both Worlds

Damn, my mistake, the whole Planned Parenthood bit was Lila Rose's doing, not O'Keefe's.

PIMF

35 jamesfirecat  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:30:43pm

re: #28 Shiplord Kirel

Breaking News: The FBI has made an arrest in the attempted bombing on MLK day in Spokane.

Among other things we learn that the bomb apparently contained an especially nasty refinement:

"Rat poison?"

"It contains an anticoagulant."

"He likes his victims to hemorrhage and bleed out."

"He wants them to suffer. "


---Burn Notice.

36 Obdicut  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:31:44pm

re: #32 Targetpractice, Worst of Both Worlds

That's a good point. I think the population of GOP supporters currently includes both; there are cynics who celebrate O'Keefe, defunding PBS, and other insane crap because they want this sort of permanent outrage values war, and there are those that really, really honestly believe in it.

But I think for many of those doing it, it's kayfabe that they never leave, it's a fake world where they're important and where they get to fuck over those people they hate. I bet O'Keefe knows that Planned Parenthood isn't racist at all-- I bet he knows that he, himself, is very racist-- and that it makes him really happy to play this stupid pretend game.

37 Obdicut  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:32:11pm

re: #34 Targetpractice, Worst of Both Worlds

Well, O'Keefe planned it with her, and he did his attempt to portray them as racist, so you're not far off.

38 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:35:26pm

It doesn't matter to wingnuts if O’Keefe has done anything illegal/wrong/immoral. He is successfully manipulating public opinion and they don't want him to stop. Calling him out or distancing themselves would put an end to what is essentially a successful PR campaign.

Never mind that the public is fickle and those tactics can come back to bite you in the ass, even if they worked for a while.

39 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:36:54pm

re: #36 Obdicut

That's a good point. I think the population of GOP supporters currently includes both;

Good point. I imagine there are plenty that don't care what he has done as long as he smears some more liberals. And there are probably just as many that don't think he has done anything wrong at all and is a serious investigator.

40 simoom  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:38:37pm
According to PBS spokeswoman Anne Bentley, they had an initial conversation with O’Keefe’s “Muslim Education Action Center,” but put an end to discussions when they couldn’t verify the group’s credentials.

NPR could have saved themselves a lot of grief by doing the same thing.

NPR did manage to avoid an embarrassing check-handing-over ceremony by doing their own vetting after their fund raising exec's initial contact:

[Link: www.npr.org...]

NPR's David Folkenflik, who's finishing up a report about this for All Things Considered, reports that there were clear signs that the Muslim Education Action Center Trust was not a long-standing organization — Internet records show the center's website was created in mid-January. The address for the organization? A UPS store.

CEO Vivian Schiller tells David that NPR became aware of those peculiarities, and that NPR was vetting the organization. And he has obtained e-mails (not from an official NPR source, but which have been verified by NPR) showing that the network last week asked the fictitious Ibrahim Kasaam for, among other things, verification that the Muslim Education Action Center was qualified as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It was not, of course.

Vivian Schiller also tells David that the men posing as representatives of the Muslim Education Action Center asked several times for someone from NPR to come to their offices so that a photograph could be taken as a donation check was handed over. That request was turned down because NPR was not close to being finished with its vetting of the organization, she says.

41 iossarian  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:41:01pm

re: #40 simoom

NPR did manage to avoid an embarrassing check-handing-over ceremony by doing their own vetting after their fund raising exec's initial contact:

[Link: www.npr.org...]

It just goes to show that no-one should ever talk to anyone acknowledge anyone's existence before checking that person's family history in detail and making sure they are exactly who they claim to be.

///

42 Feline Fearless Leader  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:41:20pm

re: #24 Killgore Trout

OT: I love my Roomba. It has been slowing down lately so I took it apart and cleaned out the innards. A screwdriver and 15 minutes later and it's as good as new again.

Vodka and orange juice that good as a cleaning agent? Color me surprised.

;)

43 McSpiff  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:42:23pm

Can someone please pose as some right wing group and get this clown on camera saying he'll fabricate whatever evidence is required for a pay cheque? Beat him at his own game.

44 subsailor68  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:44:34pm

re: #30 Gus 802

Another thing. I remember growing up as a child that the primary source of information and education on the Holocaust came by way of PBS programming. Much of the history programming on WWII, "World at War", "Victory at Sea". This is the thanks they get?

Hi Gus!
(Hope you're feeling a little better, or at least as comfortable as you can be.)

Good points. One minor note, though, "Victory at Sea" was actually produced by - NBC! Of course, those were in the days when Sarnoff was running the show.

On the down side, NBC executives, flush with the success of one of the most terrific series ever made, then sat down and came up with "My Mother the Car".

Oh well.

(Side note: true conservatives should remember PBS fondly, as they picked up Bill Buckley's great program "Firing Line" back around 1971 IIRC.)

45 Gus  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:44:34pm

re: #24 Killgore Trout

OT: I love my Roomba. It has been slowing down lately so I took it apart and cleaned out the innards. A screwdriver and 15 minutes later and it's as good as new again.

Is that for cleaning the carpet/floor or is that just a cat toy? ;)

46 Stanghazi  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:45:33pm
Officials have just identified the suspect arrested in connection with the attempted Martin Luther King Jr. Day bombing in Spokane, Wash., as 36-year-old Kevin William Harpham.

Harpham was a member of the neo-Nazi National Alliance in late 2004. It was not known when Harpham joined or if he was still a member. The National Alliance was one of the most prominent hate groups in America for decades, but has fallen on hard times since the 2002 death of its founder, William Pierce. Pierce is the author of The Turner Diaries, a race war novel often referred to as the Bible of the radical right.

[Link: www.splcenter.org...]

47 Fozzie Bear  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:46:01pm

re: #45 Gus 802

Is that for cleaning the carpet/floor or is that just a cat toy? ;)

It's his cat's trusty steed.

48 simoom  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:47:11pm

Heh, just watched this clip over at bloggingheads:

Alan Simpson: ... by doing nothing -- if they care at all about their children or grand-children -- now sometimes I doubt that. I think, you know, grand-children now don't write a thank you for the Christmas presents, they're walking on their pants with their cap on backwards, listening to the Enema Man, the Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog and the don't like 'em.
49 lawhawk  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:47:46pm

re: #46 Stanley Sea

Harpham has been charged with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of knowingly possessing an improvised explosive device.

50 Fozzie Bear  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:47:48pm

re: #48 simoom

Wow, that's some pretty obvious racism right there.

51 Gus  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:48:00pm

re: #44 subsailor68

Hi Gus!
(Hope you're feeling a little better, or at least as comfortable as you can be.)

Good points. One minor note, though, "Victory at Sea" was actually produced by - NBC! Of course, those were in the days when Sarnoff was running the show.

On the down side, NBC executives, flush with the success of one of the most terrific series ever made, then sat down and came up with "My Mother the Car".

Oh well.

(Side note: true conservatives should remember PBS fondly, as they picked up Bill Buckley's great program "Firing Line" back around 1971 IIRC.)

Thanks! And thanks for the clarification. I wasn't aware about NBC having produced Victory at Sea. But that does make sense considering their once great past. I remember during the Apollo days they were always a source of information.

Good point regarding Buckley. I know my first exposure to Buckley was through PBS and Firing Line. That is one thing that conservatives should always keep in mind. He grew quite a following with PBS including with those whom would not be classified as his natural allies.

52 Lateralis  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:48:33pm

re: #43 McSpiff

Did he fabricate this video?

53 barflytom  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 12:57:20pm

re: #51 Gus 802

The World at War was produced by Thames Television, a ( privately owned ! ) UK company.

( I'm assuming you were referring to the same series, originally broadcast about 1973 ).

54 blueraven  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:00:22pm

re: #52 Lateralis

Did he fabricate this video?

Let's just say it is highly and selectively edited.

55 Stanghazi  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:00:54pm

Did you see this from Wonkette?

Pamela Geller Was Tricked By James O’Keefe’s Sharia Website

[Link: wonkette.com...]

56 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:12:28pm

re: #26 Talking Point Detective

Seattle backpack-bomber of the MLK march is a white-supremacist?

I'm shocked. Shocked, I say.

Afterall, there is no rightwing extremism.

They got him?

Good.

57 Lateralis  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:12:55pm

I love how you get dinged for asking a question that has yet to be proven. Silly me, I should just fall in line and presume that it has been fabricated.

58 SanFranciscoZionist  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:13:35pm

re: #34 Targetpractice, Worst of Both Worlds

Damn, my mistake, the whole Planned Parenthood bit was Lila Rose's doing, not O'Keefe's.

PIMF

O'Keefe did a PP hit in his earlier days, pretending to be a donor who wanted his money to go to abort black children.

59 Obdicut  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:15:28pm

re: #57 Lateralis

I love how you assume that's why you got dinged.

Do you think O'Keefe has fabricated crap?

60 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:16:34pm

re: #57 Lateralis

I love how you get dinged for asking a question that has yet to be proven. Silly me, I should just fall in line and presume that it has been fabricated.

I don't believe anybody said that this particular video was fabricated. What's up with the strawmen?

61 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:16:54pm

re: #57 Lateralis

I love how you get dinged for asking a question that has yet to be proven. Silly me, I should just fall in line and presume that it has been fabricated.

You failed to understand the tense of "will fabricate". The dings are for a failure to understand and/or not so subtle trolling.

62 wrenchwench  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:18:04pm

re: #55 Stanley Sea

Did you see this from Wonkette?

[Link: wonkette.com...]

Some lizard linked the Salon report on it earlier.

63 Lateralis  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:28:14pm

re: #59 Obdicut

I love how you assume that's why you got dinged.

Do you think O'Keefe has fabricated crap?


I am sure he has done creative editing in the past. In this case it seems the person made the statements that are being reported in the media. Maybe they were taken out of context, but I doubt it. I may be wrong, but many are complaining about the GOP not being in touch with reality but I would say the lefts attacking the messenger falls in line with what they are accusing the right of doing. If he made those comments, what implications does his views have on how NPR conducts it business with federal funding-taxpayer dollars?

64 jamesfirecat  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:29:43pm

re: #63 Lateralis

If he made those comments, what implications does his views have on how NPR conducts it business with federal funding-taxpayer dollars?


I've got no idea, how about you tell us?

65 Fozzie Bear  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:29:53pm

re: #63 Lateralis

The left is attacking the messenger?!??! that's rich.

66 Lateralis  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:30:44pm

re: #65 Fozzie Bear

The left is attacking the messenger?!??! that's rich.

What do you call it?

67 Charles Johnson  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:31:38pm

re: #63 Lateralis

I am sure he has done creative editing in the past. In this case it seems the person made the statements that are being reported in the media. Maybe they were taken out of context, but I doubt it. I may be wrong, but many are complaining about the GOP not being in touch with reality but I would say the lefts attacking the messenger falls in line with what they are accusing the right of doing. If he made those comments, what implications does his views have on how NPR conducts it business with federal funding-taxpayer dollars?

It has zero impact. Ron Schiller was not involved in editorial decisions at NPR.

68 Obdicut  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:33:55pm

re: #63 Lateralis

You doubt that an edited eleven minute video out of two hours is taken out of context? Really?

If he made those comments, what implications does his views have on how NPR conducts it business with federal funding-taxpayer dollars?

None at all.

Now, if you're sure that O'Keefe has fabricated shit in the past, why were you surprised to get downdinged earlier?

69 Lateralis  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:36:57pm

re: #67 Charles

Then I would recommend he not make politically charged statements as a Representative of NPR. I believe that where there is smoke there is fire and if he is willing to make thosere: #68 Obdicut

Do you think that his comments about members of the Tea Party movement where taken out of context or his editing fabricated them in some way?

70 Lateralis  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:37:37pm

re: #69 Lateralis

I need to stay focused on one reply at a time. Sorry.

71 Fozzie Bear  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:38:02pm

re: #67 Charles

It has zero impact. Ron Schiller was not involved in editorial decisions at NPR.

Some people don't understand that at one time, journalistic institutions kept a strict firewall between editiorials and straight news, and between advertisers and journalists.

NPR is one of the few left that still follows those rules, and still has an ombudsman. It's not surprising that so many people don't know this, but it is chilling, and sad.

72 jamesfirecat  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:38:32pm

re: #69 Lateralis

Then I would recommend he not make politically charged statements as a Representative of NPR. I believe that where there is smoke there is fire and if he is willing to make thosere: #68 Obdicut

Do you think that his comments about members of the Tea Party movement where taken out of context or his editing fabricated them in some way?

Do you feel his comments

": It’s not just Islamophobic, but really xenophobic. Basically, they believe in white, middle America, gun-toting — it’s pretty scary. They’re seriously racist, racist people."

Were incorrect in any way?

73 Obdicut  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:39:08pm

re: #69 Lateralis

Do you think that his comments about members of the Tea Party movement where taken out of context or his editing fabricated them in some way?

No. I also think that the Tea Party movement has massive amounts of xenophobia and racism, though.

So what? What does this have to do with the fact that O'Keefe fabricates shit, dishonestly edits, and treats exceptions to the rule, like this guy at NPR, as though they're common?

Did you notice he tried this at PBS too and they didn't buy it? Why doesn't he bother to mention that? Why doesn't he bother to mention that NPR wouldn't do a check-signing ceremony since they were still vetting his organization? Why is this fund-raiser's comments so important to you?

74 simoom  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:47:49pm

re: #67 Charles

NYT mentions that PBS had a meeting with O'Keefe's group too. Maybe whatever was taped wasn't useful for advancing the Right's narrative since O'Keefe hasn't released it? Though maybe we'll see something of it in time, as supposedly O'Keefe is planning on dolling out more NPR clips soon (staggered for maximum impact, I guess).

[Link: mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com...]

PBS confirmed Wednesday that like NPR, one of its executives attended a lunch with people who posed as members of the Muslim Education Action Center Trust, a fictional group.
...
Anne Bentley, a PBS spokeswoman, said PBS’ senior vice president for development, Brian Reddington, attended a lunch with the fake donors in February. She said she had “no sense at all” of whether Mr. Reddington was taped during that lunch; when asked if PBS was concerned about a possible tape surfacing, she declined to comment.

Ms. Bentley said that Mr. Reddington came back from the lunch with “profound concerns about the organization” and began what she called a routine vetting process “when there is an appearance of a conflict of interest and to ensure they meet requirements of transparency and openness.”

“Attempts to confirm the credentials of the organization proved unsatisfactory and communication was halted by PBS,” she said.

75 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:49:09pm

re: #69 Lateralis

lol you again

76 Prononymous, rogue demon hunter  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:52:18pm

re: #73 Obdicut

Why is this fund-raiser's comments so important to you?

He's scrambling to find anything that can power the deflector shields.

77 blueraven  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:52:25pm

re: #69 Lateralis

Then I would recommend he not make politically charged statements as a Representative of NPR. I believe that where there is smoke there is fire and if he is willing to make thosere: #68 Obdicut

Do you think that his comments about members of the Tea Party movement where taken out of context or his editing fabricated them in some way?

He expressed an opinion...one shared by many I suspect. However there is no evidence these opinions were ever expressed in the NPR editorial department. If there is some evidence of on air rhetoric like this, then lets hear it.

Conversely, there have been many instance of right wing smear jobs of groups of the left. OMG Soros! Obama is a socialist, and much worse on Radio (Limbaugh) and on Fox News. This is by executives and ON AIR!

I know, its not the same. They are not funded with Tax dollars. But this guy was not part of the news dept...he was a fundraiser.

Tempest in a teapot. Get over it.

78 Fozzie Bear  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:56:29pm

I'm pretty sure Lateralis doesn't even know what an ombudsman is, and is googling it now.

79 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 1:59:16pm

re: #78 Fozzie Bear

I'm pretty sure Lateralis doesn't even know what an ombudsman is, and is googling it now.

You gotta feel bad for someone who feels they have to stick up for James O'Keefe on the internet, who is actually taking time out of their day for that, poor thing

80 mr.fusion  Wed, Mar 9, 2011 2:29:22pm

re: #3 HappyWarrior

It's going to be a funny day when O'Keefe gets caught with his pants down.

Already happened

Conservative provocateur James O'Keefe crossed the line and became a full-on creep, today. His latest prank: Luring and attempting to trap a "hot blonde" CNN reporter on a "pleasure palace" boat filled with dildos and sex toys.

Thankfully, CNN intervened mere moments before the sexual ambush was to take place, otherwise James O'Keefe would have escalated from illegal phone taps to cornering and sexually humiliating ("seducing"? "pulling pranks on"?) women

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