[Guest post by DRJ]
An ACORN spokeswoman claims the O’Keefe videos that resulted in 4 ACORN workers being fired was doctored, and ACORN plans legal action against O’Keefe, his companion Hannah Giles, and Fox News for broadcasting it:
“ACORN chief organizer Bertha Lewis issued a written statement Saturday saying that while she cannot defend the actions of the workers who were terminated, O’Keefe may have committed a “felony” with his operation. She also threatened legal action against FOX News, which aired the videos but did not produce them.
“It is clear that the videos are doctored, edited, and in no way the result of the fabricated story being portrayed by conservative activist ‘filmmaker’ O’Keefe and his partner in crime. And, in fact, a crime it was — our lawyers believe a felony — and we will be taking legal action against Fox and their co-conspirators,” she said.”
“”Bring it on,” filmmaker James O’Keefe said Sunday on FOX News.
In an interview with FOX News senior correspondent Eric Shawn, O’Keefe said he wants an apology from those media outlets “covering for ACORN” as well as from ACORN itself. He said he doubts ACORN will file suit.
“They don’t have any leg to stand on, so they’re saying I dubbed in my voice which is completely absurd,” he said. “When the truth comes out in the end, they’re going to be apologizing to us.”
O’Keefe said he was “just trying to hold these organizations accountable.
Lewis said in her statement that O’Keefe’s “scam” was attempted in several other cities but had “failed for months.”
O’Keefe declined to comment on the allegedly unsuccessful attempts, but said it’s a “lie” to claim that any ACORN offices “kicked us out.”
I haven’t seen anything to suggest Fox News was involved in O’Keefe’s actions which tells me ACORN is pursuing a political rather than a legal response. Suggesting O’Keefe is linked to Fox News will raise doubts among liberals, but bringing in the deep pockets of Fox News strikes me as a mistake if there is a legal proceeding.
On the other hand, I would not discount the possibility that ACORN could prevail if venue lies in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland.