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The Media’s Unsurprising Rush to Judgement Against James O’Keefe

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Posted on January 29 2010 4:00 pm

While the whole truth about the latest story surrounding James O’Keefe is not entirely clear, one thing is certain: he made a mistake. No, we’re not talking about whatever mistakes he may have made at Senator Landrieu’s (D-LA) office. We’re talking about the mistake of exposing the establishment media not only for being intellectually bankrupt, not only for being ideologically partisan, not only for taking down ACORN, an organization on the same side of the intellectual divide as a large percentage of the media, but also for exposing the media’s down-and-out laziness. A twentysomething kid showed the big bastions of supposed “investigative journalism” how its done. And for that, they have never forgiven him.

So it comes with absolutely no surprise that these same media giants leapt at the chance to proclaim a New Watergate (notice the establishment media still clings to its glory days of 40+ years ago in attempt to maintain their bone fides.) when O’Keefe was arrested after gaining entry to the Louisiana Senator’s office under false pretenses.

O’Keefe released a statement today (found here on Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism site) in which he pointed just a few of the media inaccuracies:

“It has been amazing to witness the journalistic malpractice committed by many of the organizations covering this story.  MSNBC falsely claimed that I violated a non-existent “gag order.”  The Associated Press incorrectly reported that I “broke in” to an office which is open to the public.  The Washington Post has now had to print corrections in two stories on me.  And these are just a few examples of inaccurate and false reporting.”

We wish O’Keefe the best of luck in clearing his name, but we find the media’s “mistakes” not at all surprising. When you succeed in getting even Jon Stewart to mock the media’s dereliction of its stated duties, you’re going to make the media’s hit list. This is just the latest example of a left-tilting media playing one of its favorite games–writing big, splashy, character-assassinating headlines and then, after public perception has sunk in, issuing back-page retractions to cover their collective…posteriors.

O’Keefe’s real crime–in the eyes of those rejoicing of his latest situation–is showing people how little they can rely on those who purport to be our arbiters of fact and truth.

http://bigjournalism.com/jokeefe/2010/01/29/statement-from-james-okeefe/
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