Because they did it on Friday, when I was completely off the Internet:
The Feb. 3 “James O’Keefe’s Race Problem” reported that O’Keefe, the conservative activist arrested on charges he plotted to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu’s phone lines, helped plan a conference on “Race and Conservatism” that featured white nationalist Jared Taylor. The freelance photographer who attended the event, and snapped O’Keefe’s photo there, now says the right-wing provocateur helped out at the conference, but cannot confirm that he helped plan it. The story has been corrected.
The article also said that O’Keefe was terminated by the right-wing Leadership Institute in 2008, after videos were released of O’Keefe calling Planned Parenthood and offering to donate money to abort black babies. He was let go in 2007. Leadership Institute co-founder Morton Blackwell told the New York Times O’Keefe “wanted to do sting operations that would affect legislation; he made some calls which have been covered in the news media to Planned Parenthood. That was beyond the scope of what we had hired him to do. We are an educational organization. We are not an activist organization.” Blackwell says he told O’Keefe to choose between his job and his activism, “and he said he was committed to the activism,” according to the Times. The date of O’Keefe’s termination has been corrected, and Blackwell’s explanation has been added to the story.
Also, David Almasi is the director of Project 21, not the founder, as originally stated.
Salon regrets the errors.
[Correction made 2/5/10]
There remain only a handful of uncorrected errors and distortions in the article. Here’s one:
Right-wing online publicist Andrew Breitbart, hearing of the merry prankster’s exploits, hired [O’Keefe] to carry out the ACORN operation that would make him famous.
Matthew Vadum knocks that one down:
[Author Max Blumenthal] presents no evidence that Breitbart hired O’Keefe “to carry out the ACORN operation” because none exists. None exists because the claim is absolutely false.
While Breitbart may have served as promoter of the ACORN hidden camera videos, he wasn’t involved in shooting the videos. To the best of my knowledge, Breitbart didn’t even meet O’Keefe until after the ACORN videos were shot.
Also, Blumenthal portrayed Hannah Giles as distancing herself from O’Keefe — even though, the day before his piece was published, she supported O’Keefe and explained that she had been taken in by dishonest and sloppy coverage from Big Media . . . ironically, coverage very much like Blumenthal’s own.
Vadum’s post, which I found via Instapundit, also has several entertaining knocks on the author, Sid Vicious’s son Max, who turns out to be an irresponsible and dishonest lout in general — not just in this piece alone. The apple doesn’t fall far from the old block that it’s, uh, chipped off of. I had forgotten that Max was the guy featured in this video:
Salon knew what they were getting into when they chose to pay this chucklehead to write about O’Keefe. Enjoy your embarrassment, iceholes.