Tuesday, September 29, 2009

O'Keefe Justifies Breaking Law Video Taping ACORN Workers to Protect Fictional Child Prostitutes!

If you think you have a good reason to break the law, then it's okay to do so, because you're doing the right thing. This is part of the philosophical platform of patriotic anti-government conservatives.

Not only has Rachel Maddow pointed out how unjustified the attacks on ACORN have been, including the politicization of the Justice Department to go after them, but the illegal videotaping of a few bad employees got a media pass on Fox News. Media Matters begs to differ on the "facts:"

"On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace helped videographer James O'Keefe defend his dwindling credibility by advancing several of O'Keefe's claims without noting that they are contradicted by readily available evidence."

"Wallace suggested that O'Keefe "denies reports" by Media Matters that O'Keefe, in Wallace's words, "got any money from conservative backers" -- without noting that the evidence Media Matters highlighted consisted of public statements by conservatives that they had funded O'Keefe in the past or planned to raise money for O'Keefe and his partner, Hannah Giles, in the future.

Wallace ignored a September 22 Village Voice report that the spokesperson for conservative investor Peter Thiel acknowledged that Thiel had contributed "about $10,000" to an earlier video that O'Keefe released in February 2009. As Media Matters noted, The Village Voice reported that Thiel's spokesperson denied that Thiel had "any involvement with the ACORN videos." [The Village Voice, 9/22/09]"

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