Who Cares If James O'Keefe Is A Lying Creep With A Criminal History? He Hates ACORN And NPR, So What's Not To Like If You're Fox News?
Reported by Ellen - March 9, 2011 -
What a coincidence that just as the House has voted to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, including PBS and NPR and the Senate will soon vote on it, undercover ACORN “pimp” James O'Keefe shows up with a new sting video targeting NPR. Since the ACORN sting, O'Keefe has been arrested for allegedly trying to tamper with the phones of a U.S. Senator, the credibility of the ACORN videos have been seriously called into question and O'Keefe reportedly planned to seduce and humiliate a female CNN reporter. But there was almost no mention of O'Keefe's unsavory past and no questioning of the integrity of O'Keefe's latest project – even though Media Matters has already caught one suspicious bit of editing that Fox News either missed or ignored – on either The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity or On The Record, each of which devoted time to the story last night (3/8/11).
My recorder missed “liberal” Greta Van Susteren's description of O'Keefe but you'll have to trust me that she described him as, basically, the ACORN videographer. You can see in the video (here) that neither she nor her guest, Byron York, showed any qualms about either O'Keefe or the video's integrity.
Bill O'Reilly was the only one of the three hosts to mention O'Keefe's arrest. O'Reilly began by describing O'Keefe in positive terms: “James O'Keefe, the man who exposed corruption inside ACORN.”
O'Reilly said about the arrest, “O'Keefe was also convicted of a misdemeanor in Louisiana for trying to tap into Senator Mary Landrieu's office. He paid a fine and was sentenced to community service.”
That's a nice way of giving lip service to fairness and balance but O'Reilly left out some important information about O'Keefe to the “we report, you decide” network's audience: He has a history of deceptive editing and ACORN was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in three separate investigations whereas O'Keefe's videotaping may have broken laws in Maryland and California. And that's not counting the disturbing report that he planned to seduce and humiliate a female CNN reporter.
Sean Hannity trotted out Juan Williams, who was fired by NPR for making anti-Muslim comments, and who was mentioned disparagingly in the video, as the sole guest to discuss it. “Liberal” Williams not only attacked NPR, as "elitist," he agreed with Hannity that it should no longer receive federal funding. How fair and balanced can you get?
Again, there was no concern for the integrity of either O'Keefe or his video. Hannity introduced it by saying, “Filmmaker James O'Keefe, of ACORN pimp video fame, hired two men to pose as members of an organization linked closely to the Muslim Brotherhood."
As the segment ended, and Hannity urged Williams to sue NPR, Williams seemed to tear up with emotion at how his buddy Sean was looking out for him - by urging him to go after one of Fox's favorite boogeymen.
There was nobody to defend NPR on any of the three shows.