Curran Hatleberg for The New York Times
By ZEV CHAFETS
The temperature was hovering near 90 degrees on the afternoon of Memorial Day when James O’Keefe III emerged from the woods and ambled over to my car. He was tall and thin, with pale skin and matted reddish hair. When his mug shot ran in the papers, some people told him he looked like Matthew Modine. Others said Lee Harvey Oswald. On the day I met him, he wore muddy work boots, filthy jeans and, despite the heat, a long-sleeved shirt. “Keeps the mosquitoes off,” he said. All day he was in the outback of a regional park just west of the Hudson, breaking rocks with a pickax to construct a trail. As a boy he was an Eagle Scout, but this wasn’t a nature project. O’Keefe, the man whose video stings helped take down high-ranking people at National Public Radio and led to the demise of Acorn, the nation’s biggest grass-roots community organizing group, was doing federal time.
Yup, he sure was: due to the way in which Mr O’Keefe caught Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) being dishonest, he committed a misdemeanor. But, since our good friend Blubonnet is such an advocate for the whistleblowers — Julian Assange and Bradley Manning come to mind — I’m sure that she’ll be right up there, defending Mr O’Keefe for his actions to expose political corruption.
The Times article is a long one, and one which seems pretty fair; you’ll have to follow the link to read the whole thing. But just one more paragraph, especially for Perry:
His takedown of Acorn was even more devastating, although Bertha Lewis, Acorn’s former chief executive, contends that the videos were dishonest. “He is demon, a liar and a cheat,” she says. “What he did was despicable. He created a fiction.” Bertha Lewis still insists that Acorn did not offer advice on how to break the law. Clark Hoyt, a former public editor for The New York Times, reviewed O’Keefe’s raw footage and edited tapes and concluded that “the most damning words match the transcripts and the audio, and do not seem out of context.”
Of course, the lovely Miss Lewis thought that Mr O’Keefe was a “demon, a liar and a cheat,” but not because he created a fiction; it was because he documented the truth. That’s why the Congress defunded ACORN.
It’s a long article, but definitely worth your time. And my thanks to Cheryl for forwarding me the article.