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2/4/2010

Time for Salon to Retract Libelous O’Keefe Article

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 5:39 pm

The National Center for Public Policy Research issues a press release that begins:

Kevin Martin of the black leadership group Project 21 and Amy Ridenour of the National Center for Public Policy Research are questioning the accuracy of an article in the left-wing online magazine Salon which implies that independent filmmaker James O’Keefe is a racist.

Add to that: the article is also being questioned by Patterico of, uh, Patterico.

Dot com.

The press release quotes Martin, the black conservative, as follows:

As a panelist at the Robert Taft Club ‘Race and Conservatism’ event in 2006, I had the chance to personally meet James O’Keefe after the event ended. He voiced personal support for me and my positions. He also repudiated the radical elements in the room that night.

Marcus Epstein invited me – a black conservative – to a discussion on race issues, not O’Keefe. What transpired was a spirited debate against radical elements of which I and other conservatives were clearly opposed. At no time did I feel intimidated, nor was I ever treated poorly by my hosts. The Blumenthal story is long on accusation and short on facts.

The left is attempting to label O’Keefe as a racist, but this probably has nothing to do with his ideas or associations now or then. I believe it is only because he recently exposed the radicalism of ACORN and the illegal advice its workers chose to give out. By labeling O’Keefe a racist, they likely seek to change the public view of O’Keefe’s work from one of exposing corruption and law-breaking to one of a white conservative going after a group empowering the poor and minorities.

I was just about to begin a long screed expounding on other deficiencies in the Salon article, when what should flash upon my screen but this: a comprehensive explanation of the faults in the article by my favorite alpaca ever: Retracto.

Don’t be shocked if Salon is forced to retract. The Village Voice just got through issuing an embarrassing retraction of its own. I’ll be watching for Salon’s.

Has any figure in recent history been the victim of so much inaccurate “journalism” by so many outlets as James O’Keefe? [UPDATE: I mean really recent history -- like, say, so far this year.]

Previous post on the Salon article here.

66 Responses to “Time for Salon to Retract Libelous O’Keefe Article”

  1. Now let’s have Nor’easter Liz come on here and tell us how wrong this statement is, and pay no attention to the source.

    Dmac (539341)

  2. Has any figure in recent history been the victim of so much inaccurate “journalism” by so many outlets as James O’Keefe?

    Clarence Thomas
    Rush Limbaugh
    Ronald Reagan

    Distinguished company.

    Hadlowe (061332)

  3. George Bush?

    fat tony (f56a68)

  4. Comment by fat tony — 2/4/2010 @ 5:56 pm

    Bench Warmer!

    AD - RtR/OS! (0a4b14)

  5. Has any figure in recent history been the victim of so much inaccurate “journalism” by so many outlets as James O’Keefe?

    Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-WI).

    Official Internet Data Office (dc2fe1)

  6. Patterico, there are lots of people who have had inaccurate stories about them. Think of a certain movie producer now confined to house arrest in Switzerland, or Sarah Palin just for starters. One could even say Pres. Bush had some inaccurate stories written about him. Need I go on?

    Fritz J. (c671c7)

  7. Maybe I didn’t clarify what I meant by “recent.”

    I meant really recent.

    Patterico (c218bd)

  8. Has any figure in really recent history been the victim of so much inaccurate “journalism” by so many outlets as James O’Keefe?

    Governor Sarah Palin (R-AK).

    Official Internet Data Office (dc2fe1)

  9. Has any figure in recent history been the victim of so much inaccurate “journalism” by so many outlets as James O’Keefe?

    Maybe Sarah Palin? Max Blumenthal has lied about all kinds of the Palins’.

    Topsecretk9 (ab69ad)

  10. Palin takes the crown for accumulated maljournalism.
    However, O’K probably has more per day over a shorter period.

    Richard Aubrey (2e141b)

  11. And now we get a perv defending a perv, see #6.

    certain movie producer now confined to house arrest in Switzerland

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  12. I think you misunderstood what Fritz was saying there, poa.

    JD (d55760)

  13. Retracto Rules! I think there is real growth potential in the alpaca retracta industry. More jobs created.

    Dennis Keating (b8e95e)

  14. Matthew 12:33
    Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

    All we need to know about Blumenthal&Son, really.

    furious (71af32)

  15. Well if he wasn’t referencing Polanski, I apologize. But if he thinks that Polanski is worthy of defense then that is another thing entirely.

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  16. Has any figure in recent history been the victim of so much inaccurate “journalism” by so many outlets as James O’Keefe?

    It’s more like: Has any figure in recent history been falsely made to be the poor helpless victim of so much “inaccurate” “journalism” by so many outlets as James O’Keefe?

    It wouldn’t be because someone is trying to reframe the story and divert attention from the fact that O’Keefe entered the offices of a sitting U.S. Senator under false pretenses, tampered with her phone system and attempted to gain access to a phone closet secure and classified phone lines protected by federal anti-terrorism statutes, for agencies as varied as Homeland security, to the FBI, to secret service as well as lines carrying communications necessary for a U.S. Senator to transact the people’s business.

    Assclown doodyheads (f0d390)

  17. And the barking moonbat appears. Hiho silver away!!!!!!!!!!

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  18. tampered with her phone system

    Lie

    attempted to gain access to a phone closet secure and classified phone lines protected by federal anti-terrorism statutes,

    Potentially true, but not even supported by the affidavit on file.

    JD (d55760)

  19. It takes an Assclown to troll a thread and try to distract from the topic.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  20. I’m beginning to think this country desperately needs to open hunting season on liberal lying trolls.

    PCD (46d16c)

  21. Retracto needs to sell bumper stickers. And stuffed animals.

    Salon is what it’s always been. But yeah, this is damn embarrassing. I’m sure some new smear will show up in this thread too.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  22. Who are you people going to go after in your delusional corrupt relationship with reality when the hammer drops on O’Keefe? The FBI? The DOJ? The U.S. Attorney’s office? You should think about that, because you guys are going to need a new excuse for O’Keefe and Breibart soon. They will be uncovered to the whole world as industrial strength douchebags of the first order.

    Assclown doodyheads (f0d390)

  23. PCD: I’m beginning to think this country desperately needs to open hunting season on liberal lying trolls.

    You mean like the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office and the DOJ?

    Assclown doodyheads (f0d390)

  24. Retracto needs to sell bumper stickers. And stuffed animals.

    I just hope the poor alpaca he doesn’t get crabs from Breibart.

    Assclown doodyheads (f0d390)

  25. BREITBART WILL BE INDICTED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    ROVE TOO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    /endtruthout rant

    JD (d55760)

  26. Apparently, as the trolls have demonstrated today, it is okay to lie about people, as long as they have been determined to be unsavory, or gasp, conservative. Eeeek.

    JD (d55760)

  27. I’m beginning to think this country desperately needs to open hunting season on liberal lying trolls.

    Comment by PCD — 2/4/2010 @ 8:06 pm

    Two questions PCD. Will a license be required, and is there a limit on how mnay you can bag in 1 day?

    peedoffamerican (422035)

  28. If the indictments of the 3/2 in Haditha, Pantano in Fallujah, the Blackwater squad in Nisan Square,
    the Nifong witchhunts, and the now retracted Stevens
    conviction, don’t teach us anything, is that liberals will go to extraordinary lengths to purge
    their political enemies

    ian cormac (79614d)

  29. > Has any figure in recent history been the victim of so much inaccurate “journalism” by so many outlets as James O’Keefe?

    Ummmm, Sarah…. what was her name again…?

    Ah, Palin!

    That’s it — Sarah Palin!

    And… and there was that other guy.

    George… ahhhh, Bush! Yeah, yeah, yeah — George Bush!

    ;-)

    But yeah, aside from the improper superlative, he’s getting excessively maligned for obvious reasons.

    He’s been very successful at damaging them. He’s hurt them, and that’s good.

    The “left wing attack machine” is up in arms and out in full force to try and take him down.

    That’s the nature of throwing lightning bolts — you have to become a lightning rod to do it.

    IgotBupkis (79d71d)

  30. I think Alinsky remarked on this as well ‘any tactic, considered significantly effective, can be
    considered criminal’ A year and a half later, theyare still going after Palin, partially because
    she has been effective in slowing down this freighttrain, but mostly because they despise who she is.
    A sincere prolifer, an unapologetic Christian, a supporter of the troops, a reformer, yes in some
    of the same ways that McCain has manage to tick off the party

    ian cormac (79614d)

  31. Patterico, can you send Retracto after a certain troll with an immature name?

    Eric Blair (c2a27d)

  32. Patterico, can you send Retracto after a certain troll with an immature name?

    Eric Blair (c2a27d)

  33. Patterico, can you send Retracto after a certain troll with an immature name?
    Comment by Eric Blair — 2/4/2010 @ 9:16 pm

    You realize that doesn’t narrow it down much, right? ;)

    Stashiu3 (44da70)

  34. I think it’s honorable that the esteemed doodyhead snot-eater assclown acknowledges laws such as the Patriot Act are legitimate and should be enforced.

    Wait, I’ sorry, I have no evidence headass doodyclown ever ate snot. Damn, damn, that whole evidence thing.

    Ag80 (1592cc)

  35. ag80: I think it’s honorable that the esteemed doodyhead snot-eater assclown acknowledges laws such as the Patriot Act are legitimate and should be enforced.

    Just because ACDH believes douchebegs (sic) like O’Keefe & Co., or anyone, should be held accountable to Telecommunication anti-terrorism laws, for tampering with federal communications systems does not mean he supports the whole of that legislation.

    Assclown doodyheads (f0d390)

  36. Patterico, can you send Retracto after a certain troll with an immature name?
    Comment by Eric Blair — 2/4/2010 @ 9:16 pm

    I’d be delighted to meet Retracto the Alpaca, but Breitbart won’t be done molesting it for quite some time. To bad O’Keefe is living in his parents basement right now, or he could adopt one of his ingenious disguises, perhaps that of a bush or a sheep and shoot footage of Breitbart in flagrante delicto w/ Alpaca and share it with the rest of the interwebs.

    Assclown doodyheads (f0d390)

  37. Source for your asspull that they tampered with the phone system?

    JD (5e5cad)

  38. JD, I read on Democratic Underground that O’Keefe blogged that he tampered with the phones and then scrubbed it.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  39. Now, tell me again, folks that Mr. Doody is not a undergrad on academic probation heavily into weed and beer. I mean, marvel at the staggering level of maturity and wit displayed above!

    Not simply a troll, but a juvenile troll.

    A trollette!

    If Mr. Doody is a grown man…well, he is to be pitied, not ridiculed.

    Eric Blair (c2a27d)

  40. Eric – I think it’s neato we have an eponymous troll.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  41. Salon still hasn’t pulled the story. The comments are full of “we all knew this guy would be a racist” since, of course, he’s a white conservative (they assume).

    I guess they don’t have a sense for irony. Several mention the never really watched the ACORN videos, but know they are BS because x,y,z. I’m sure they read all about it on Salon or some place like that, and never leave the bubble. Not even to watch the ACORN videos before concluding ACORN is 100% above board.

    Bubbles are dangerous for your brain. Obama can’t go any further left than Andrew Sullivan and look where that got him.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  42. RIGHT, not left.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  43. it’s true that ass clown’s dutch uncle in Switzerland was the subject of much untruthful press recently, but those lies were meant to *help* him, not defame him.

    that’s the big difference between those reports and the coverage on Sarah, O’K, George, etc…..

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  44. maybe Barney Fife can invite Andy the celebrity OB/Gyn along on his next “date night” with the First Klingon?

    that would be a game of “Naked Twister” for the history books. %-)

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  45. peedoffamerican; I was refering to malpractice in journalism, not defending a rapist. In fact Patterico had a number of posts drawing attention to misstatements of facts about the Polanski case.

    I’m more than happy to concede that I should have placed a disclaimer on that so that it was clear that I was not defending Polanski, but is that any reason for you to resort to name calling? Are you so incapable of making an argument that all you can do is call people names? And do you immediately jump to conclusions without asking questions? All you had to do was ask and I would have been more than happy to explain, but instead you immediately decided that I was, in your words, a “Perv.” The use of derogatory names is a great way to impress people and win arguments, and yes, I’m being sarcastic there.

    Fritz J. (a75536)

  46. 27, No limit and no license. I am a very small government guy.

    PCD (46d16c)

  47. Has any figure in recent history been the victim of so much inaccurate “journalism” by so many outlets as James O’Keefe? [UPDATE: I mean really recent history -- like, say, so far this year.]

    Yes. Barack Obama. Only in his case, the inaccuracy was towards the positive side of the coin.

    JohnW (230608)

  48. Fritz – I got it when you wrote it.

    daleyrocks (718861)

  49. Big Government has a string of original sourced posts that blow “Dizzy Lizzy” and her creepazoid campadre, Assclown, away as liars, tools, and obama fools.

    http://bigjournalism.com/ncppr/2010/02/04/black-debater-from-race-and-conservatism-event-says-okeefe-voiced-personal-support-for-me-and-my-positions/#more-18306

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  50. Fritz, I sincerely apologize for the misunderstanding. However, if you will notice a couple of other posts here, I attempted to engage trolls reasonably pointing out their flawed reasoning. They started name calling to back up their supposed facts. When I saw your post that seemed to equate negative press of others to an assrapist of minors, it was to me the last straw. If you will go back to some prior threads on this site, there have been numerous trolls that have defended this creep. It does not justify my actions regarding you, but I hope you can see where I am coming from. Peace.

    peedoffamerican (7783d2)

  51. PS., I have determined, that since most of these trolls that come here to supposedly argue their point are not doing it in good faith. See Assclown, timb, intelleology, imdw, northeast elizabeth, etc….

    They constantly either, make statements not supported by evidence, use asspulls, move goalposts, or just make insults. I have resolved to treat these with no respect whatsoever, but basically mock and ridicule them.

    peedoffamerican (7783d2)

  52. Marcus Epstein invited me – a black conservative – to a discussion on race issues, not O’Keefe.

    Black conservative Kevin Martin

    So this guy, Martin, he’s black??

    Assclown doodyheads (f0d390)

  53. What gave it away, asshat?

    JD (0f9c01)

  54. So this guy, Martin, he’s black??

    When a black man is debating about why racism is wrong, it kinda undercuts the “white supremacist” meme. It’s not the right who thought race was relevant, but it’s an easy way to show their bigotry is unrealistic.

    Little Tawana is Little.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  55. Just wait, Assclown will pronounce him as a race traitor and racisty racist next.

    peedoffamerican (7783d2)

  56. Man, times are tough economically, but stupidity, hypocrisy, sleazeballism, Assclown-ism, Douchebaggery and O’Keefe-ism is a lucrative growth industry in the right wing blog0sphere. Breitbart should have a site called BIGASSCLOWNS.com.

    Or maybe Pat can snap that domain up and join the “Big” dumbass dot com Universe.

    Me, I plan on buying the domain BigSexyAlpaca.com and publish these here photos and videos I got of a certain person molesting an Alpaca.

    Assclown doodyheads (f0d390)

  57. I guess that mirror thing is working out, huh?

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  58. assclown and imdw share this love of sick sexual accusations. I’m no paragon of virtue, but how can a person think that’s funny?

    “And this concludes my argument for why these accusations are untrue”

    “But you probably raped a squid!!! LOL!”

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  59. Assclown, don’t get me wrong. I’m glad you only fantasize about raped ungulates. It’s a big improvement over the horrible idea that someone I’ve been talking to thinks raping children is funny.

    Sad, but Assclown is an improvement.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  60. I’m falling out of my chair with hearty chuckles.

    no. Really.

    Assclown doodyheads (f0d390)

  61. Comment by Assclown doodyheads — 2/5/2010 @ 2:18 pm

    They have really good antivertigo medicine these days. Could help; ask your doctor.

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  62. NOYK, I doubt those antivertigo medications mix well with weed and cheap beer and his ADD medication.

    This guy is a college sophomore, at best. Insipid and unfunny (and who quickly becomes angry and bitter, negating the studied pose of irony). What do you think, NOYK?

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  63. I think his psychiatrist needs to up his thorazine.

    peedoffamerican (7783d2)

  64. Comment by Eric Blair — 2/5/2010 @ 3:11 pm

    Comment by peedoffamerican — 2/5/2010 @ 3:55 pm

    Heh. What I always wonder when I see the moniker is what possessed the person to pick that particular one. Usually the contratians pick, how shall I say, less self-deprecating ones. A case of just picking a name that beats everyone else to the punch, as it were, or maybe a regular here having some fun w/ the rest of us…?

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  65. [...] and racist radicals. Among the mainstreamers was Kevin Martin, a black conservative who spoke up after the Salon piece was published to say that O’Keefe spoke to him at the conference and [...]

    Hot Air » Blog Archive » Video: Breitbart goes nuclear on Salon writer at CPAC for smearing James O’Keefe as racist (e2f069)

  66. Andrew Breitbart Never Backs Down and He Really is on Fire and Here is Taking on Max Blumenthal…

    Allahpundit at Hot Air has the details and the video:

    Via Big Journalism.
    I’m kicking myself for not having covered this at the time because most
    of you won’t know the background before watching. Briefly, lefty smear
    merchant Max……

    Defend America (5815fb)


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