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.
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.