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. ricksok1

    O'Keefe is the kind of guy who thinks he is the funniest and smartest guy in the room. The problem is he is the only one who thinks that. Breitbart rebuking him is like Vince Mcmahon rebuking one of his wrestlers.

    October 2, 2010 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. fred guisse

    How about Mr. Breitbart and his keefeophiles explaining why they so radically support an obvious media hound at face value without any regards for the real character of the man. They both seem intent to prove the seedy side of liberalism, only they rely on their own seedy side of conservatism to get the job done. And like flies to s***, conservatives flock to lick up the goo they exude.

    October 2, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
    • scottish Mama

      Too bad it is the middle class that has to usually has to smell it out, expose it, and clean it up.

      October 2, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Dallas

      Well worded, and deliciously generic, like good code is supposed to be. observe:

      "How about (The Media| Democrats|Progressives) explaining why they so radically support an obvious media hound (Obama) at face value without any regards for the real character of the man.

      // notice that I made NO reference to citizenship or religion. Only character

      They both seem intent to prove the seedy side of (conservatism), only they rely on their own seedy side of (liberalism) to get the job done. And like flies to s***, Liberals flock to lick up the goo they exude."

      NIce blade. And like any good sword, it cuts both ways.

      October 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • nimitta

      Yeah, Dave, you're right: O'Keefe and Obama really are interchangeable – just switch the names...ha ha!

      Oh, wait...one was a law professor and senator who is now president of the United States, and the other is nothing but a sleazy little dirty trickster with some, ah, issues.

      Are you on drugs?

      October 3, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. twiddly

    This from the guy who edits a video of a black woman's comments so they appear racist when in reality they are the opposite?
    He has zero credibility and is no better than O'Keefe.
    They are both teabagging morons, in good company with Palin, Beck and O'Donnell.

    October 2, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. mattski

    Lol talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Buzz off Breitbart. Losers like you and O'Keefe are doing nothing more than grandstanding and profiting from our Nation's problems. Quite frankly, it makes me sick.

    October 2, 2010 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Just like a 'fair' conservative. He doesn't ask O'Keefe to apologize. He only says he should 'explain' himself.

    October 2, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. Peter E

    The so-called liberal media... the same liberal media that:
    -treats Reagan as the messiah
    -in the 90s harped on Clinton's impeachment when everyone else was tired of it
    -during Bush unquestioningly parroted Rove's talking points, scared us into war, and kept repeating the unfounded connection between Al Quaida and Saddam
    -continues to feed the myths that Obama wasn't born in the US and that he is a muslim
    -has their head so far up Palin's behind that they can see the back of her teeth
    -applauds the Tea Party's victories as the greatest overturn of government ever
    -never misses an opportunity to advocate for taxcuts (for themselves of course)

    Yes... I'm sure the media is sooo liberally biased!

    October 2, 2010 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Peter E

      And yes. That's not Fox News. That's CNN doing all of that.

      October 2, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. steeve-o

    I really really wish we could see the cameras rolling, with O'keefe laying on his bed surrounded by d!ldoes, champagne and strawberries, when he gets the news, and his look of disappointment. THAT would be quality entertainment.
    "What, she isn't coming...?"
    Whump, whump, whaaaa....... (muted trumpet)

    October 2, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. MattGordonMD

    Not only did Breitbart throw his ex-boy toy under the bus, he backed up and rolled the bus over him again.

    October 2, 2010 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Voice of Reason

      He totally deserved to be thrown under the bus. He' an embarrassment to conservatism.

      October 2, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. wjmknight

    WHy would CNN even want Breitbart's opinion? It's like asking Josef Goebbels his opinion on Himmler.

    October 2, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom S.

      Spot on!

      October 2, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  10. win322

    Why is CNN allowing this fella Breitbart to report a story on CNN.COM, but then fires Rick Sanchez for making a comment about CNN and the Jewish people.. I do understand that Breitbart does not work for CNN, but reporting a story by Breitbart on CNN.COM smells foul!. There is no question, a double standard here. This fella, Breitbart reported a phoney story that ruined someone's career and nearly ruined her life. This isn't Uncle Ted's CNN and definitely not the CNN I once admired.

    October 2, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • win322

      Breitbart, you have a lot of nerve asking O'keefe to apologize. O'keefe is garbage and most intelligent Americans know that. You're no different. Do these people who are patting you on the back for this hypocritical posting know that you never apoligized to the woman you got fired and whose life you nearly ruined. I am surprised that she has as of yet, not sued you for libel and defamation. Frankly, I hope she does sue you.

      October 2, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. 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 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. TerryG

    Now here's a case of the pot calling the kettle black if I've ever seen one. After Mr. Breitbart screwed over that woman in the Dept. of Agriculture his credibility rating isn't all that great.

    October 2, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Tom S.

    Here's your "explaination" Brietbart.............O'Keefe is a sniveling sleezebag that produces disgust in anyone possessing any class whatsoever, lower than dirt itself really. What were you expecting from him, anything at all decent or productive to society?

    October 2, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  14. D Johnson

    This guy looks like a clone of Rush "pill man" Limbaugh. Do all white conservative men have eating disorders? Rove....pick one and look at him. The all look like the good year blimp. Rush needs to get back on pills and lose some weight before he sxplodes.

    October 2, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Dallas

      Wow. And I gave up 6 years of my life to protect your freedom of speech. Stupid me.

      October 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. La Piovra

    I have to agree that Breitbart himself is a thug and that CNN is starting to pass Fox carp in its effort to increase its audience. O'Keefe, however, is a matter of psychiatric concern. Malignant narcissist, psychopath... diagnose him how you will, he has already committed at least one felony in pursuit of his "journalistic career", and was preparing to commit a worse. Both his last intended victims were women. Some of you might know from a previous post I spent my salad days working the psych wards of Miami. No, I'm not a shrink – there was a change of plans- but this man will be in the dock sooner, rather than later, and it will be for something vile he has done to a woman.

    October 2, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
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