How James O’Keefe Made Himself Irrelevant – The Atlantic
Despite a few big hits along the way, like a recording of an NPR executive making partisan remarks in 2011, O’Keefe’s modus operandi has increasingly shown its flaws. The Washington Post incident is just his most recent own-goal. Last year, O’Keefe’s Project Veritas accidentally left a voicemail for a George Soros group it was trying to sting, laying out its whole plan; there was the 2010 blunder when O’Keefe plotted to embarrass CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau by mock-seducing her on a boat equipped with sex toys; and there was O’Keefe and his colleagues’ arrest in New Orleans in 2010 during an attempted sting of Senator Mary Landrieu.
According to tax filings for Project Veritas, O’Keefe is raising more money than ever; he drew a salary of over $300,000 last year. But Project Veritas feels like a relic from an earlier era in conservative media, like a Glenn Beck chalkboard or a Fox News segment on “Obamaphones.”
Caleb Howe, a longtime conservative blogger and the editor-in-chief of the website RedState, has written optimistically in the past about the potential of “citizen journalism” practiced by conservative activists. But in recent years, he said, Project Veritas has largely failed to live up to its promise.
Like others who came of age in the conservative blogosphere, Howe said Andrew Breitbart played a key role in popularizing O’Keefe’s videos and pushing them into the mainstream conversation. It was Breitbart who published O’Keefe’s initial ACORN stings. Without his “judgment and experience” to guide the projects, Howe said, O’Keefe’s sting operations have often had a hasty, incomplete quality to them—”like the rest of the science project after the nerd kid gets a cold and can’t finish, and the partner has to turn it in.”
Isn’t journalism following truth where ever it leads? If not that, then what is it?
The box that mass media fits into if it is supported by huge corporations has a bias and slant to it. Where is OKeefe getting the money for a 300K per year salary?
And what is that money demanding of him? Could it be that OKeefe may be seeking truth, but only if it fits into a specific box that limits and controls him?