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. Tom

    You know after the ACORN report we heard that was faked and biased and many said sure that is what everybody caught says. Same thing after the Sherrod videos. Many said the guilty will say anything once caught. This issue now sheds new light on the other two. This guy's entire career is to fake and scam. AND he gives the entire Conservative movement, Tea Partiers and all, a bad name.

    October 2, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. buddy

    While I admit Dems have done some creepy stuff, at least they don't resort to such a blatant level of libel through viscious and undeniable creative editing. This fascist crap is dismantling some of the most compassionate and effective centrist leaders and when the *criminals* are exposed, they *all* (including that waste of perfectly good flesh, blood, and bone Murd0ch) somehow skate out of libel charges! I want to know *exactly* how that happens!!!

    October 2, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. buddy

    Exactly. He thinks he's a gueri11a journalist when he's really just a gorilla. Facist.

    October 2, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. ripper dandy

    These clowns are all in the same monkey bucket. Chatter and spewing hatred over the airwaves and on bogged-down blogs of vitriol. None are worth the time it takes to read their drivel or follow their stupid actions. Breitbart is a fool of the first order.

    October 2, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. KKKdetector

    Video lynching has been perfected by Breitbart. He might as well wear a white sheet. He is a white supremacist who his covering his butt right now.

    October 2, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joshua Ludd

    O'Keefe owes an explanation? For what? His blatant lies about ACORN, His criminal invasion of a government office, or his juvenile attempt to "seduce" a journalist? Or perhaps for all of them.

    October 2, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Medicine Man

    "groundbreaking ACORN investigation" – or to put it another way, a frame. Ethics seem to be taking a back seat as far as the conservative agenda goes. Is this desperation, or the revelation of true colors?

    October 2, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Markg


      October 2, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • buckup

      In the conservative-fascist's solid alignment with truth, ethics must take a back seat and get off the bus ASAP, it tends to block their view. Embrace neo-ethics, they are truly conservative and fiscally pragmatic.

      October 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Dallas

      Ethics?! In politics or journalism?!

      Put down the crack pipe. You've had enough.

      October 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. DoS

    This is not news.

    October 2, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. Markg

    These "conservative activists" are a bunch of young, ignorant fascists. They are really gross, especially Breitbart. Is this the best that the republicans have to offer? Pathetic!!!!

    October 2, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Brent

    So, we've finally found a point at which a conservative thinks another conservative needs to apologize. Editors at the New York Times are canned because they didn't fact check every story in their paper. Breitbart gets in no trouble for no fact checking. Beck makes up history and finds communism in every building in NYC. Hannity purposely shortens Obama video to make it seem damning. O'reilly makes up an anti-Christian story every Christmas. But I guess there are limits...

    October 2, 2010 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. larry

    Why does CNN give air time to bigots like Briebart and Erickson? Isn't fox enought for these guys that spout hate. Cnn fired Sanchez when he talked about the jews but puts these bigots on air ....Cnn has a double standard when it comes to offensive speech.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JohnRJ08

    O'Keefe's "ground-breaking" exposé on ACORN destroyed a 40 year old organization that was dedicated to finding housing for the poor and, more recently, to get the poor to register to vote. Of course, right-wing bigots like O'Keefe and Breitbart didn't care for that because they realized that the poor tends to support "liberal" causes, such as Social Security, Medicaid, Unemployment compensation, health care reform, and other social programs. The sad thing is, after O'Keefe's fraudulent videos were picked up and ACORN was wiped out, the organization was totally exonerated in subsequent investigations.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cardog

    To: LLBlair..I doubt very much that you are a minority, but lets say that you are. I'll bet anything that you have rode the vehicle of success on the backs of those who have face discrimination for decades in this country. You're most likely, if true, one of those minorities that stand apart and say look what I've accomplished and no one held me back??? Am I right, LLBlair?
    So if that is so, then I congratulate you on your success. Just remember that that is not true in some places still in this country. So I'm not off the subject my friend. I am simply reminding those like you of the Andrew Brietbarts that still exist throughout our society.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Teddy

    It's about time that these right wing propagandists, who distored, character asasinate, edit and embarras their targets, be broght to justice in a court of law. I will go one step further,The First Ammendment does not protect freedom of speech when they are lies. Every politician, plitical groupg, special interest groups should be held responsible for their distorntion of the truth and should be sued in court for slander. We as Americans deserve the trueth. STOP THE LIES!

    October 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Dallas


      Spellchecker. Clue. Get one.

      October 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Drew

    What O'Keefe and Breitbart owe us all is their absence - and I wish they'd pay up.

    October 2, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
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