Patterico's Pontifications

3/2/2010

Boehlert Lies Again

Filed under: ACORN/O'Keefe,Constitutional Law,General — Patterico @ 7:22 am

Eric Boehlert is at it again.

The dressed-as-a-pimp storyline was one Breitbart, O’Keefe, and others eagerly pushed last fall. And it was one the press quickly embraced. (In truth, O’Keefe was often dressed rather conservatively — slacks and dress shirt — when he talked to ACORN staffers, and he often presented himself as a law school student and an aspiring politician trying to rescue his prostitute girlfriend from her abusive pimp.)

The italicized “from” is Boehlert’s way of implying that O’Keefe never pretended to be a pimp at ACORN. In fact, he knows full well that O’Keefe pretended to be a pimp at ACORN. The fact that he portrayed himself as the good pimp doesn’t mean he wasn’t playing a pimp.

As I document in this thorough post below, O’Keefe repeatedly told ACORN employees that he was setting up a house where Giles and underage girls would turn tricks, and give the proceeds to O’Keefe, who planned to use them for a future Congressional campaign. The tapes have numerous exchanges like this:

O’Keefe: But, one of the things I was one of the things we also wanna do um one of my goals you asked you asked do you know how you wanna do this, I think one of the goals is not only can Eden protect some of these 13, 14, 15 year-old girls

Theresa (ACORN) Yeah.

O’Keefe: coming over from El Salvador. In addition to protecting them and getting their feet on the ground so that they can you know perform the tricks and you know learn the how LA prostitution scene is I was also wanting to um use some of the this is very lucrative and potentially we can use a lot of the money we’re getting from the underaged girls from El Salvador and use some of the money for campaign one day

. . . .

O’Keefe: We’re bringing these girls from overseas.

Hannah (Eden) Well, they’re here.

O’Keefe: But, we are gonna take a part of the profit and I intend to use the profit

Theresa (ACORN): Right.

O’Keefe: From the tricks the girls perform

Theresa (ACORN): Right.

O’Keefe: To fund my political campaign.

Theresa (ACORN): Right.

Boehlert knows O’Keefe posed as a pimp. But he won’t say so. I have offered to give Boehlert $100 (commenters have bumped the offer to $200) simply to state clearly whether O’Keefe pretended to be a pimp at ACORN. He knows that O’Keefe did, but if he says so, he can’t insinuate that he didn’t, by harping on the clothing non-issue.

Boehlert won’t tell you that O’Keefe pretended to be a pimp, but he is willing to further claims by others who deceptively claim O’Keefe did not. Today Boehlert posts a misleading, deceptive, and highly doctored video by Mike Stark which makes that claim:

Stark Lie

As I showed in this post, Boehlert labeled Giles and O’Keefe hoaxsters because they did not correct statements or implications by others that O’Keefe wore the pimp getup in ACORN offices. Yet he is content to post a video on his site that makes a false claim that O’Keefe never played a pimp. By Boehlert’s own standards, that makes him a hoaxster himself.

P.S. ACORN supporters are also claiming vindication because the Brooklyn D.A. yesterday issued a statement refusing to prosecute ACORN. They are especially excited because an anonymous source claimed that the videotapes were edited deceptively. Well, if we can’t trust an anonymous source nowadays, who can we trust?

The fact is that the full audio and transcript of the Brooklyn ACORN video is available and shows that the tape was not deceptively edited. If someone has a case to make otherwise, let them come forward and make it. My guess: the anonymous source (whoever it was) was a Democrat hack who didn’t release their name because they knew their partisanship would be discovered.

37 Responses to “Boehlert Lies Again”

  1. It is something one would expect from the mediamatters Eunuch.

    Consider the source.

    GeneralMalaise (c58b20)

  2. Of course, the libs won’t mention that the Brooklyn DA is a member of the WFP – Working Families Party – a wholly-owned subsidiary of ACORN…

    Rusty Bill (efe52c)

  3. We don’t really need any of this to know that ACORN is a fraudulent organization, and anyone who would defend them (or attack individuals that out them), is simply a partisan hack playing the role of cheerleader for their team.

    Pennenga (430bab)

  4. Boehlert is either lying or delusional. If it’s the latter, I sincerely hope he gets the help he needs. I suspect it’s the former.

    the wolf (0dce92)

  5. That Brooklyn DA was also a member of the Working Families Party. Which is an ACORN-linked-and-backed front group that was headed by former ACORN national director Berta Lewis (who has since stepped down from leadership of the WFP).

    No conflict of interest there, eh?

    ACORN member says there is no problem with ACORN.

    Case closed! Shut up wingnuts!

    Good Lt. (51111a)

  6. Hey Patterico. I heard from an anonymous source that Boehlert has been taking money directly from ACORN.

    You are vindicated (at least according to the standards of these chuckleheads).

    Folks? What other kinds of anonymous comments have you received about Boehlert?

    Eric Blair (2708f4)

  7. Any New Yorker, particulary one who lives in Brooklyn, knows that Acorn and the Working Families Party are big contributors in money and workers to the local Democratic Party. DA Hines was “bought and paid for” years ago. Otherwise he would not be the Brooklyn DA.

    Longwalker (996c34)

  8. The tactics here are obvious. Repeat the lie repeatedly until it works it’s way into the narrative. Goebbels was right.

    East Coast Chris (ded5f2)

  9. ACORN sure has a lot of lefty friends. I guess there is an election coming up.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  10. First off. Suck it, loser suckers. Put your money on a loser and Eff up weasal like O’Keefe and you will always ALWAYS be sorry and here comes the roosting chickens. Pimpy O’Keefe and his rent a faux HO, yielded bupkis with the ACORN nonsense. Just a lot of desperate love from the RIght wingnut contingent needing a little payback on the darkies for helping to elect a darkie President.

    ACORN’S about as corrupt as any semi-public organization and that includes the GOP jism sucking of K-Street and the Interweb bottom feeders that live off the Fox vapors of rancid tea bag loonery…and most urban DA offices, especially the L.A. DA’s office. I think I threw up in my brain a little.

    All charges dropped and egg on the face of a felon soon to be in jail and his employer with the beastial fetish for sexy Alpaca’s.

    Next up: Everything coming up flowers and gone green again with new charges on the way from the New Orleans FBI and the attendant diligent Grand jury things and oh…sigh-it’s just going to be a fabulous Springtime for watching weasels get wasted by their own wanky ways.

    Oh joy.

    Assclown dooderheads (f0d390)

  11. How can one compete with such eloquence (sarc) so it
    seems they have all the bases covered from Hines in NY to Harshberger wherever he is.

    ian cormac (9575ac)

  12. Send Boehlert more lotion STAT!

    daleyrocks (5710d7)

  13. Patterico, you really need a specific category or tag for these posts on the ACORN-O’Keefe situation (ongoing situation). I’m trying to catch up and would very much like to link to many if not all your coverage on these developments.

    -S- (02b221)

  14. It is over and you lost.

    Brietbart retracts.

    Brooklyn prosecutors on Monday cleared ACORN of criminal wrongdoing after a four-month probe that began when undercover conservative activists filmed workers giving what appeared to be illegal advice on how to hide money.

    While the video by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles seemed to show three ACORN workers advising a prostitute how to hide ill-gotten gains, the unedited version was not as clear, according to a law enforcement source.

    “They edited the tape to meet their agenda,” said the source.

    “On Sept. 15, 2009, my office began an investigation into possible criminality on the part of three ACORN employees,” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a one-paragraph statement issued Monday afternoon. “That investigation is now concluded and no criminality has been found.

    wheeler's cat (096031)

  15. The DA is a member of Bertha, former ACORN Chief’s Working Families Party. Can you say the fix is in Wheeler’s Cat? Can you say Democrats are corrupt?

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  16. Its the Rule of Law dude.
    BROOKLYN PROSECUTORS CLEARED ACORN.
    Take it up with supremes if u think u have a case.
    My question is, does this taint Breibart as a soi-disant journalist?

    wheeler's cat (096031)

  17. Its the Rule of Law dude.
    BROOKLYN PROSECUTORS CLEARED ACORN.
    Take it up with supremes if u think u have a case.
    My question is, does this taint Breibart as a soi-disant investigative journalist?

    wheeler's cat (096031)

  18. ^^^^^^^

    Creepy, huh?

    Alphabetism uber alles.

    Eric Blair (03ba54)

  19. Nishit/wheelers is out of its padded room.

    [note: released from moderation. –Stashiu]

    JD (c971c7)

  20. 17, using Liberal logic and rules, if you is paid by whom you are investigating, you lie.

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  21. A question for Patterico the Honest Man….does this taint Breibart as a soi-disant investigative journalist?
    Selective editing of a sting tape does tend to invalidate the tape as evidence, IMHO.
    Interleaving cutscenes of O’Keefe dressed in his “pimp costume” seems like massaging the data to me.

    wheeler's cat (096031)

  22. and yet Congress voted to de-fund ACORN and ACORN offices are closing around the nation.

    Let’s have some more “clearing”.

    GeneralMalaise (2e0f70)

  23. A question for Wheeler’s Cat:

    Paxil or some other anti-psychotic?

    Think of what you defend. And it sure ain’t the rule of law.

    [note: fished from spam filter. –Stashiu]

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  24. What? Nishi’s now on the pro-Acorn bandwagon?

    MayBee (0ccdc4)

  25. IANAL, so my question is for Patterico, who is….
    Doesn’t selective editing of the video impeach O’Keefe’s own testimony?

    wheeler's cat (096031)

  26. When did O’Keefe testify?

    MayBee (0ccdc4)

  27. Yes, MayBee. Nishi always sides with the monsters.

    JD (0f9c01)

  28. Um. Psycho Gal, have you looked at Patterico’s lastest post? Read the transcripts? Listened to the recording.

    Or are you just holding your fingers in your ears, chanting “that’s different, that’s different, that’s different.”

    Look at who you defend. Then look in the mirror.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  29. Eric – This is just a sick and disturbed little girl, with some serious issues.

    JD (0f9c01)

  30. wheeeler, or is it Whiner?

    Do you work for ACORN? How many fake registrations did you file?

    PCD (1d8b6d)

  31. “the unedited version was not as clear, according to a law enforcement source.”

    Nishidiot – Where did law enforcement obtain the unedited video?

    daleyrocks (5710d7)

  32. Precious – the idiot quotes LGF as a source.

    Rest assured – if the edited video could possibly be spun and re-edited to try and hide the ACORN scandal, it would already be on the news.

    Apogee (e2dc9b)

  33. Andrew Breitbart owes a prayer of thanks for the concept of Plausible Deniability.

    By the by, this story was featured in a segment on the Cobert Report this evening.

    Snertly (046fa9)

  34. I see our trollish alphabetist is spreading something on multiple threads.

    Besides, I always go a comedy show for my news.

    Eric Blair (03ba54)

  35. Wheeler’s Cat needs a new litterbox.

    Mike LaRoche (349322)

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