October 1st, 2010
10:51 PM ET

Breitbart: O'Keefe owes supporters an explanation

Andrew Breitbart has supported James O'Keefe in the past.

Conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart says activist James O'Keefe owes his supporters an explanation for his failed attempt to "punk" a CNN correspondent.

Breitbart helped catapult O'Keefe's conservative agenda into the public eye by posting O'Keefe's series of undercover videos inside ACORN offices on his website, BigGovernment.com. O'Keefe has also contributed columns to BigGovernment.com, one of six websites run by the influential conservative.

But now, Breitbart is rebuking the man once regarded as his "protege" for the now-infamous "boating incident" targeting CNN correspondent Abbie Boudreau. Hidden cameras were supposed to capture O'Keefe attempting to seduce her, but the plot fizzled when an assistant to O'Keefe told Boudreau and she refused to board the boat.

Breitbart, who appears in CNN's upcoming documentary about the young conservative activist movement, "Right on the Edge," provided CNN with this comment regarding O'Keefe's attempt to lure Boudreau onto a floating "palace of pleasure."

"I proudly stood behind James O'Keefe on his groundbreaking ACORN investigation. I also defended him when the media, including CNN - during a previous regime, "the Rick Sanchez era" -  falsely reported the Sen. Mary Landrieu story as a "wiretapping" plot gone wrong.

In all these cases the left-leaning media exposed its obvious bias against James because of his contrarian point of view and because the targets of his investigations are protected institutions of the Democrat Media Complex.

However, in my dealings with Ms. Boudreau, she and her producer, Scott Zamost, conducted themselves professionally, and I believe James owes them a candid and public explanation.

From what I've read about this script, though not executed, it is patently gross and offensive. It's not his detractors to whom he also owes this public airing. It's to his legion of supporters."

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  1. Brett

    I'm still waiting for Breitbart's formal apology...

    October 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      right on. exactly what I was thinking.

      October 1, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Underground Conservative

      For what? Breitbart owes no one an apology.

      October 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • DownTownBrown

      Underground conservative has the memory of a goldfish, apparently.

      October 2, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Herewegoagain

      If Breitbart owes an apology, then NAACP needs to apologize to all whites. The very video you guys are talking about shows a full room of NAACP members clapping, when they hear about how a black women racially discriminated against a white person..

      October 2, 2010 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • M Snow

      God "HereWeGoAgain" – you must be thick... didn't you get the news update about 10 minutes after Breitbart's creative editing that actually showed the exact opposite... that the very white farmer who was supposedly was discriminated against said that he would have lost the farm if it wasn't for her help...I guess there is no cure for racism... or stupidity.

      October 2, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • eMan

      Breibart is a piece of trash, and so is his "protege'"... You Republicans are sick and delusional. Don't give me your liberal Democrat trip, I'm an Independent, and I see trash on both sides, but at least I'm honest and not biased... Republicans killed this economy and country, and the Dems don't know how to fix it. Hyper-partisanship is killing America...

      October 2, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Herewegoagain

      God, M Snow, Does that make up for a room of racists clapping when they thought the farmer was getting discriminated against.

      October 2, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Cliff Vegas

      The problem with the so-called Conservative Media is that not only has a proven bias, but also a habit for invention. I see here in this post, there is still a feeble little ditto-head who still believes Breitbart's heavily edited invention on Sharrod/NAACAP escapade. Note also, according to court records – the ACORN tapes were also heavily edited. How much damage are we going to allow these people to commit before WE finally say, "That's enough!"

      October 2, 2010 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
    • scottish Mama

      It seems that some people have trouble keeping up with current events or have reasoning filters on.

      October 2, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      I agree with you. Mr. Breitbach owes an apology. Why is he on CNN anyway? He gives conservatives a bad name.

      October 2, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Brett Favre's fan (a.k.a. ybs)

      Breitbart is right on. James O'Keefe had a groundbreaking (albeit mischievous) ACORN investigation. In this case however, James is a thug that got exposed. If he doesn't kill someone, he'd become a shoe-in for Glenn Beck.

      http://bit.ly/twitterybs (life is short; why bs?)

      October 2, 2010 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • GW

      Yes, both of these guys are morons.

      October 2, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Seattle

      Herewegoagain, you ARE a moron. Once again: they were clapping because she was describing her own recovery from bias – and emphasizing the importance of self-awareness and tolerance. Anything else is wishful thinking on your part – and we know what you wish for.

      And right on Brett – Breitbart's just trying desperately to put an intellectual spin on his ridiculous, hateful earlier behaviors.

      October 2, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • jack

      Breitbart owes the world an apology for being born.

      To Herewegoagain, You do know that piece of tape was FAKE. It was edited out of context. But that doesn't matter to the right wing. As long as the message of racial hatred and conservative values (hah!) get out.

      October 2, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Breitbart, you are a complete and utter idiot. What gall you have to pretend to take a moral high ground. You sabotaged Sherrod's career by editing her comments completely out of context. You even took the ACORN segments out of context (staff members there actually called police immediately). You talk about liberal bias, but think nothing of fabricating facts for the purposes of career and character assassiation – bias in the extreme. I don't know why CNN is dignifying this gutter denizen with broadcast exposure.

      October 2, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • TTommy

      For what? Exposing one of the, if not the, most corrupt, federally funded organizations for what it is? If not for Breitbart, Acorn would still be siphoning money from the American public and buying votes for the democrat party. He has nothing to apologize for.

      October 2, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      His apology will just have to be forced out of him in the form of a large settlement awarded to Ms. Sherod

      October 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • JazzQuipster

      Pot, meet Kettle.

      Why are these people given legitimacy? Calling Breitbart a conservative blogger is far too kind. Back in the Watergate days he and his little friend O'Keefe would be known and as dirty tricksters and universally shunned after their misdeeds came to light. Instead, Breitbart, who should have crawled back under his rock after the Shirley Sherrod stunt, is invited on national television to make the grand pronouncement that O'KEEFE has gone too far! Shouldn't those two be sharing a prison cell somewhere?

      October 4, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. GP

    If this guy has a 'legion' of followers, this nation is indeed heading for a great fall.

    The ACORN story was a complete and utter lie. That Breitbart feels comfortable standing behind this story does not speak well to his character.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevekasian

      Ooooh boy, you're certainly another one beyond all hope! lolololz

      October 2, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Judy Brown

      How can you expect much from folks who let and old, angry, nasty Aussie import like Rupert Murdoch decide who our elected officials are going to be.

      October 2, 2010 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. Waytogo

    Brietbart is a joke. He owes us all an apology.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • LLBlair

      For what? Are you still stuck on the Sherrod tapes? Even Chris Matthews has said that Breitbart included the part of the clip where Sherrod expounded on her point about it being about rich v. poor rather than white v. black. That part of the video was on BigGovernment. Just like everyone is saying Fox failed its viewers by not updating them on the ACORN tapes, CNN has failed its viewers by not being fair to Breitbart. Did you miss Chris Matthews fight with Howard Dean over this?

      October 1, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • cardog

      Brietbart is a bigot in sheep clothing. I agree that this man owes Ms. Sherrod an apology as well as all of America. He is what makes me wonder why my state of Arizona has a proposition on it's ballot for November (I think it's prop 107 or 109). What this prop wants to do is eliminate Affirmative Action Laws. This prop comes out or from the same people that put SB1070 up for the great people of Arizona.
      America is still a long way from a level playing field when it comes to race relations. Some try hard to kid themselves to make others think there are Americans all over this country that simply do not see people by their color or ethnic origins.

      I recall a speech given by our President two weeks ago to the Black Lawyers convention. Now this is something all Presidents have done throughout our history. Based on the blog comments that night and far into the next day ( 6500 plus comments) you would have thought Barak Obama donned a white robe and white pointed mask, burned a cross upside down, based on the comments that came in from those so-called fair minded Americans, we all have nothing to be afraid of????
      I tell this story only because it reminds me of Andrew Brietbart and his indignation when being called what he is. If any of you out there know anything about life, simply watch this man's body language. Being called out for what he is and what he does, he is clearly uncomfortable.

      October 1, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • LLBlair

      Siiiiigh. Way to get off topic. I kept thinking to myself it would come back to some original point about Brietbart, but you just ended it with a "they're racist..just like him!" jab. Anyway, how is getting rid of affirmative action racist? As a minority, I think it's insulting. Dumb down qualifications so you can fill a minority quota?? Yeesh.

      And anyway, how did we even get on that when it has nothing whatsoever to do with Breitbart? Beats me...

      October 2, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jdavis

      "LLBlair", you can't be a minority. If you feel tha Affirmative Action is about "dumbing down qualifications so you can fill a minority quota', then you're basically saying that you could never be as qualified as a white employee! Now THAT is insulting. Affirmative Action is about opportunities.

      I work in an Goverment office where the majority of the recently hired/promoted employees are RELATED to some other person in the organization – who just happen to be white! No one is questioning thier qualifications! And the checks and balances that are suppoesed to be in place to prevent this nepotism (which is supposed to be illegal), are looking the other way because these people are thier friends and relatives...AN THEIR DOING IT TOO!!

      Now Im' not going to call these people racist. I'll call them opportunist!! Without Affirmative Action, the opportunities will always be controlled by the majority; and there will be nothing to stop these people from always doing this.

      October 2, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Charlotte

      They're both pieces of trash. O'Keefe never did have any credibility, and when he doctored those tapes to falsely implicate ACORN in his manufactured little scheme, he was conducting fraud at its worst. ACORN never did what he claimed and that organization was the first to report the people who were falsifying registrations. O'Keefe and those like him think that any kind of criminal behavior is okay if they can lie to influence public opinion or policy. I hope they all burn in hell.

      October 2, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marc

    Why does CNN and almost every other news outlet continue to ignore the fact that O'Keefe's ACORN expose was a hoax at best. It was nothing but clever editing. It's been confirmed that he wasn't even dressed as a pimp for the interviews. Every time they fail to mention that they give that bottom feeder credibility.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mack

      I guess ACORN getting defunded by the congress was a hoax too!!!

      October 1, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      ACORN getting "defunded" by Congress was a knee-jerk reaction to the hoax. Sort of like your disingenuous comment.

      October 1, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mack

      And the liberal Federal judge that smacked them down also was a hoax. You can scream lie, hoax, scam all day and it will not change the fact that ACORN is a criminal enterprise that preys on the poor.

      October 1, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevekasian

      Mack, THANK YOU.

      October 2, 2010 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
    • wjmknight


      October 2, 2010 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rose

    GP, you are correct – the ACORN story was a complete sham, but Fox viewers don't know that. Fox spent so much time showing the original altered crap, but when the truth came out, they just kept their mouths shut, and let their viewers continue to believe the lie. And now, Fox isn't saying much about this latest blunder either. Fox viewers still think O'Keefe is an honorable person, and anything negative said about him is just the jealous "lame stream media". Talk about sheep.....

    And Breitbart is about due for a good old fashioned butt-kicking too.

    October 1, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevekasian

      Oooh boy, you're another one of those beyond all help. lolololololz

      October 2, 2010 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Judy Brown

      Fox is not news it's a mouthpiece for Rupurt Murdochs attempt to turn America into what he couldn't turn Australia into. Unfortunately all these Tea Party extremsts and other radical right wingers are giving an Aussie the control over our future that we fought so hard to take away from the British.

      October 2, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
    • CC

      I would say you hit the nail on the head.

      October 2, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Terry - Indiana

    You are all missing it, O'Keefe was trained by Gordon Liddy and the remainder of the Nixon Hit Team. The only way the Republicans can win is to pull this sort of scam.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. duke

    True conservatives,that's what these two hole are.
    They lie remember, shirley sharrod?
    The conservative movement should never wonder why they don't get the colored vote,let's liken it to cats and dogs/cops and robbers/cowboys/indians,or black.vs.white it will never change!

    October 1, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mack

    Pathetic leftards...I should've checked the link before clicking. Sucks to have your tactics used on you huh libs? You have a choice between 2 parties...the food stamp party or the paycheck party.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      Mack – in your own mind, where does the left stoop to these tactics? I awiat your response.

      October 1, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • scottish Mama

      Or the working party vs. the greedy.

      October 2, 2010 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. ficheye

    The ACORN hoax will always live. Conservatives have almost nothing but lunacy to run on anymore. Nothing but name calling and finger pointing. Nothing but fear. It's a merry go round and we can't get off even if we wanted to.... which is the real question, isn't it?

    October 1, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mack

    QUIT saying it was a hoax!!!!! My head is going to explode. Andrew offered to air ALL of the videos in a debate with the bafoons at Media "doesn't Matters. They wouldn't. Just like the $100k went uncollected for the N word hoax during the Obamacare debate. Like Joe Wilson said: YOU LIE!!

    October 1, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • DownTownBrown

      It was a hoax you moron.

      Keep shouting it though, enough times and you idiots on the right believe it!

      October 2, 2010 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Panther7

      IT WAS A HOAX!!!!

      October 2, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
    • LLBlair

      Mack has clearly been convinced that it wasn't a hoax by this undebatable logic. I think the reply "IT WAS A HOAX!!"! really did it. I mean, you can't argue with that...

      October 2, 2010 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Panther7

      @LLBlair – Seriously? Mack opened himself up to needling. Why would anyone enter into a serious debate with someone who demands that you stop saying something?

      October 2, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Funnyname

      So, why doesn't he just put the video on line? That would resolve the issue and help his tattered credibility.

      October 2, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
    • scottish Mama

      Once your credibility is in question, and it had been proven to be a doctored tape, why not question his credibility.
      Once the right can stop the hurt on America they have caused in the War they started, bringing the economy to our knees, education to a hallt, allowing Pharma to run the insurance show and insulting President Obama for trying to clean up their leftover mess, they can start to be in a debate. You have to identify the problems and solve them, they are still on the offense and cannot see the forest, ya know.

      October 2, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      It was a hoax.

      October 2, 2010 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Andrew Raines

      It was a Hoax.. and I honestly hope your simpleton thoughtless head does explode for thinking about it.

      October 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lenny Pincus

    Mack, it was a hoax. Quit saying it wasn't.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. Marco Budgyk

    Breitbart's an opportunistic loser. Nothing more.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. GrogInOhio

    Seriously? Why on earth would anyone give a flying bleep what Andrew Breitbart thinks?

    October 2, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Drew

    Nothing ends up under a bus faster than a tainted conservative. Losers.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. SV

    To Mack: IT'S A HOAX, IT'S A HOAX, !! Now did your head explode? lol U hypocrite righties are afraid to see the truth to your lies!

    October 2, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • scottish Mama

      The sky is falling, the sky is falling. Mack is falling. Too much Faux news and not a drop of research or reasoning on his own.

      October 2, 2010 at 6:58 am | Report abuse |
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