Did stardom blind ACORN foe to right and wrong?

Overnight success can be heady and difficult to deal with – as any number of entertainers and athletes have discovered. James O’Keefe may — and I stress “may” — have discovered the same thing. O’Keefe was an instant sensation in conservative circles after he conducted a sting on ACORN offices; he made a video showing ACORN staffers giving him advice on how to conduct a prostitution ring.

Now, O’Keefe and three other young men have been arrested and charged with attempting to bug the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat. As a Southern Democrat — a member of an endangered species – Landrieu has been targeted by Republicans, though she was re-elected in 2008 with 52 percent of the vote.  Perhaps O’Keefe wanted to bring down an even bigger target by embarrassing Landrieu or leaking her political strategy. (Suffice it to say that all four are presumed innocent at this point.)

James O’Keefe was among four men who created a ruse to enter the lawmaker’s downtown office, saying they needed to repair her telephones, according to court records unsealed Tuesday. O’Keefe used his cellphone to take pictures of two men, Joseph Basel and Robert Flanagan, who are accused in an FBI agent’s sworn affidavit of impersonating telephone company workers. Stanley Dai is accused of aiding the Jan. 25 plot.

All four were taken to a suburban New Orleans jail and charged with entering federal property under false pretenses with the intent of committing a felony. If convicted, each man faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Flanagan, 24, is the son of William J. Flanagan, the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, based in Shreveport. William Flanagan declined to comment through an office assistant.

Flanagan may have had a personal motive. Landrieu has proposed a replacement for his father, and President Obama has nominated her. That’s typical when the White House changes parties. A president nominates U.S. attorneys from his own party.
Landrieu said, “I am as interested as everyone else about their motives and purpose, which I hope will become clear as the investigation moves forward.” Indeed.

51 comments Add your comment

Turd Ferguson

January 27th, 2010
10:06 am

“bug the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu”

Shouldve installed some hidden camera’s for viewing of possible occurrences of hanky-panky. YEAH!!

ATLshirt.com

January 27th, 2010
10:19 am

a little off topic, but this is probably the last week that everyone shall see the DOW above 10,000 ever again…. such a false hope for change… but a bunch of the same!!

lovelyliz

January 27th, 2010
10:26 am

At the gym this morning ESPN had almost as much coverage as did Fox News. Which is strange given the ad nauseum coverage that network have concerning Mr. O’Keefe’s involvement with ACORN. My sister read a blurb on-line attributed to Fox News that described James O’Keefe as “an activist filmmaker”. Tried to make him sound like Michael Moore or Sean Penn.

James O’Keefe is a perfect example of the difference between the self-righteous and the righteous.

Allegedly and if alleged turns out to be actual, he should be charged, go to trial and if found guilty, he should go to jail. Bugging a federal building is not a wise career move for an activist filmmaker.

ATLshirt.com

January 27th, 2010
10:31 am

someone should bug a federal building, they do not hesitate to bug regular everyday citizens!

Russ

January 27th, 2010
10:34 am

Reminds me of the crowd around Nixon. People doing stupid things.

Sounds like they are too young to remember Watergate.
History tends to repeat itself.

Kamchak

January 27th, 2010
10:36 am

Csquared

January 27th, 2010
11:04 am

if the shoe was on the other foot, a “liberal” filmmaker attempting to bug the offices of a Republican senator, there’d be no end of “hang-’em high” cries from the right. Seems like they want to blame anyone but this guy, who was trying to outdo his last “gotcha” moment and forgot that there ARE laws against that sort of thing. Give ‘em a fair trial, a fair sentencing and let him make documentaries on what life is line on the inside of a Federal prison.

Jimbo

January 27th, 2010
11:19 am

speaking of media reporting only what obozo approves, did you see the new home sales that came out today? Not what obozo would like you to see
I didn’t see in this rag, here it is in case:

01/27 09:00a CST =DJ Table Of Data On New Home Sales From Commerce

(Dec) (Nov) (Oct)

Sales At Annual Rate 342,000 370,000 408,000
Percent Change -7.6% -9.3 4.3
Northeast 40,000 28,000 33,000
Midwest 43,000 73,000 56,000
South 178,000 192,000 224,000
West 81,000 77,000 95,000
Median Price 221,300 210,300 213,700
Mean Price 290,600 270,000 262,200
Houses For Sale 231,000 235,000 242,000
Months of Inventory 8.1 7.6 7.1

Percent changes are increases unless preceded
by a minus sign.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

January 27th, 2010
11:23 am

My forecast – the case will disappear. Unless someone confesses to something, this one will be impossible to bring to court. This is not at all as cut and dried as the McDemott case (tapping John Boehner.)

Chris

January 27th, 2010
11:34 am

These guys should now be prosecuted according to the law…Good to see the lamestream media is covering so extensively & quickly…Only wish they would have covered the original ACORN video scandals as quickly, instead of sitting on the stories..Hmmm…wonder why they were so late in reporting the orginal ACORN stories? Surely not because of their liberal bias?

Terrible_Ted

January 27th, 2010
11:43 am

Amazing, it took the Loser-stream media forever to report on ACORN as a fraud based, scam riddled, tool of all the crooks of the machine in charge now (who BTW is NOW getting our tax dollars AGAIN!), and less than 24 hours to report the bust of the guy that “set-up” ACORN in the first place – journalism is a joke (CNN) and the media is a tool (MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS) for the current elitists in power. You sheep get what you deserve… BAHHHH – BAHHHH…. Bye…

jconservative

January 27th, 2010
11:50 am

The case will disappear from the scene & only reappear when the case is decided. I hope. This is about as important as the Acorn case.

Huckabee The Next POTUS-2013

January 27th, 2010
11:53 am

OK, the betting has begun: How many times will the American Misleader in Chief use the words I, me or myself tonight? I’ll bet the teleprompter is getting the best tune up ever right now cause having to speak off the top of his head or by memory is little barrys worst nightmare. Too bad he won’t be answering questions, I’d love to hear his spin on the no-bid contract his buddy received.

ctucker

January 27th, 2010
11:54 am

Huckabee, I’m sure you can find a site where they’re engaged in that discussion. Our topic is a different one.

Fang1944

January 27th, 2010
12:09 pm

From the wonderful people who gave us Watergate, Iran-Contra and the imaginary WMDs, we get this largely phony attack on an organization that does a lot of good for poor people who need a place to live and an attempt to bug a politician’s office.

Abrazos

January 27th, 2010
12:14 pm

Wow, this is poetic justice. Whether his actions were due to immaturity or hubris, the little darling of Fox News who posed as a pimp will now have a brand new role to play…as somebody’s b***ch in prison.

Huckabee The Next POTUS-2013

January 27th, 2010
12:26 pm

Ctucker, I understand this is your show but could you answer just one tiny question? What is your take on the no-bid contract that was awarded to a large obama supporter after he stated repeatedly this would not be allowed if he was elected?
As for you fang, “largely phony attack”, are you kidding me? Did you not see the footage? I guess in your world those acorn “ladies” were not attempting to help defraud the IRS and support child prostitution, no matter what the film showed, sorta like that wasn’t really Marion Berry smoking that crack on the FBI tapes was it?
Abrazos, I couldn’t agree with you more, the “little darling” as you put it needs to go to prison, just like the “big darlings” from acorn.

So What, Who Cares?

January 27th, 2010
12:37 pm

Like all the press and republicans everywhere, they did not think the laws applied to them. Cuff em, perp walk em, and lock em up, forever.

So What, Who Cares?

January 27th, 2010
12:38 pm

I would luv to see the funding of these office buggers traced back to fox news and rupert murdoch.

So What, Who Cares?

January 27th, 2010
12:47 pm

Over on Kyle’s blog, they are ripping up Repukes and DickCheney.

So What, Who Cares?

January 27th, 2010
12:51 pm

Dear Huckabee -the- NOT-the-Next POTUS-2013: Acorn committed no crime in the video, they just gave advice on housing a business. It was not their place to judge the business, we leave that to the moral majority and stinking repukes, seeing as how they are the most qualified, being the main customers of said proposed business.

jt

January 27th, 2010
12:53 pm

As per our present congress and President Obama, the federal government may wiretap any one they choose.

No warrant necessary. And they don’t even need a ruse.

Turd Ferguson

January 27th, 2010
1:03 pm

Huckabee…check the muttonheads blog for your particular subject manner…LOL!

Urban Republican

January 27th, 2010
1:13 pm

O.K., now the ACORN story has lost all credibility.

Glad to see FOX News running the O’Keefe story just as much as it did the ACORN story, now that’s fair and balanced. CNN did not run the ACORN story but will take the opportunity to be negative about conservatives in particular and Republicans in general.

emo

January 27th, 2010
1:24 pm

Thanks for justifying my trust in the ‘pugs, I trusted you to excuse any of your own lawbreakers. He will wind up on the RNC, I have no doubt.

Sophie's Choice

January 27th, 2010
1:31 pm

CSquared, you’re exactly right– had Michael Moore been accused of attempting to bug a COp lawmaker’s quarter, the howl from the rightwingers would be deafening. I disagree that “stardom” blinded this idiot– rather, it’s the inherent arrogance of the conservative right that anything they do to bring down their enemies is a just cause, and therefore, above the law. It’s only a matter of time before O’Keefe’s “independence” is outed as the fraud that it is.

Jerry Kocher

January 27th, 2010
1:40 pm

This is non sense why pose as telephone workers if you aren’t goint to plant a bug. I think they will get off because they duped the son of the US Attorney into joining them and you know they don’t like to ruin their own. Now if this were some inner city types they would still be in jail then get 5 years from the judge white folks never have to deal with the nasty end of the criminal justice system.

Huckabee The Next POTUS-2013

January 27th, 2010
1:45 pm

turdboy, just as I expected, no dumpocrap sees anything wrong with aholecorn just the person who “set them up”. Glad this minor distraction has given the bedwetters something to cheer about. God knows it’s better than facing the harsh truths of having a dumpocrap party that’s falling apart. The dimowitts are running as far away from little boy barry as they can. Can’t wait for November.

Turd Ferguson

January 27th, 2010
2:05 pm

Sophie’s Choice

January 27th, 2010
1:31 pm

You wish!

joan

January 27th, 2010
2:05 pm

It is a shame that a private citizen has to be the one to keep an eye on our elected representatives. We all know they are crooks and thieves. I would love it if our FBI would surveill them. In the absence of any surveillance they run wild with bribes for votes. I would love to know the truth about these Congessional idiots.

David Granger

January 27th, 2010
2:06 pm

You have an excellent point, Cynthia. “Stardom” could well have blinded him to…not just what’s right and wrong…but also to what’s LEGAL and what’s ILLEGAL. (Which is much more important.)
O’Keefe should get a fair trial, and if convicted should suffer the full consequences for his actions…just like the people at ACORN should.
But the people at ACORN are Black, and O’Keefe is a White conservative. I’ll bet we both know who’ll be charged…and who won’t, don’t we? And you little giggle-sissy liberals will just squirm and squeal and rub your thighs together in glee to see that damn conservative get what’s coming to him.

iRun

January 27th, 2010
2:18 pm

David Granger….uh….”giggle-sissy liberals will just squirm and squeal and rub your thighs together in glee”…

Are you experimenting in a little blog porn? I’ll bet you’re turned on right now.

As for giggle-sissy…wtf does that mean?

I suppose I can giggle the entire 7-mile run to work and then the 7-mile run home….sissy that I am. But it’s okay. I’m a girl. I can get away with it.

detritusUSA

January 27th, 2010
3:02 pm

From reading comments here it’s obvious that most of you are well educated and informed on the issues. So I ask why do you resort to childish name calling when refering to our President? I’m really tired of reading obozo, or big ears etc….when talking about President Obama. Please lets all have more respect for our leaders, past and present, as well as for the fellow posters here. We may not agree with what our leaders do but lets be respectful and civil.

TnGelding

January 27th, 2010
3:04 pm

Shouldn’t surprise anyone. His “sting” was unethical. Throw the book at him and hope something sticks.

sam

January 27th, 2010
3:12 pm

CT, this is not even worth you commenting on….first stunt was basically a bunch of dorks with a camera and editing skills, now trying to step it up a notch…wonder who the tapes wouldve been sent to first? this is mickey mouse stuff…

sam

January 27th, 2010
3:13 pm

detritus…wrong place for civility and respect. that train has left the station..

Csquared

January 27th, 2010
3:17 pm

detritus Said “We may not agree with what our leaders do but lets be respectful and civil.” never gonna happen as long as you got people like Huckabee that feel resorting to middle school name calling is a rebuttal of debate worthy ideas. just proves their points are not valid and their skills are not strong.

ctucker

January 27th, 2010
3:20 pm

I’m with you on civility, Detritus. I’m hoping Sam’s pessimism will prove misplaced.

Chris Broe

January 27th, 2010
4:39 pm

ATLshirt.com

January 27th, 2010
4:58 pm

wow, first the ACJ gets rid of the Political Vent because too many liberal vents were getting voted down, then everyone started posting thier political vents in other areas, today, most vent sections only have one or two vents in them, and not a single vent is political. Can you say that government has finally in control over what is published in the media ??

lovelyliz

January 27th, 2010
5:10 pm

Mr O’Keefe and company:
That for which God forgives, Caesar will throw you in jail as a convicted felon.

So What, Who Cares?

January 27th, 2010
5:17 pm

When, oh when, will Cindy Lou interview Ellie Light live on this blog? Ya would git national coverage.

Scott

January 27th, 2010
6:39 pm

Scott and Cynthia, Were you guys as equally appalled every time the Dem party called Bush a name?

Examples….
“President Bush has been a “total failure” in everything from the economy to the war to energy policy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. ”

“House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) calls Bush “incompetent leader,” adding: “In fact, he’s not a leader. He’s a person who has no judgment, no experience, and no knowledge of the subjects that he has to decide upon.”

Calling Bush a “moral coward,” Gore said the president’s policies are meant only to accommodate his financial contributors, the Associated Press reported.

“While no one expects Reid to praise George W. Bush, the degree to which he is judgmental and catty regarding the former president pretty much speaks for itself. Three pages in, after lamely trying to establish his bipartisan bona fides by talking up George H. W. Bush, Reid shares this charming anecdote about his early days in the Senate: “[Former Texas senator and vice-presidential candidate Lloyd] Bentsen went on and on effusively about what a quality man President-elect [H. W.] Bush was. Then he paused and said, ‘But watch out for his wife; she’s a bitch.’ I have never had anything against Mrs. Bush, but guided by Bentsen’s crude advice, I’ve always said that our forty-third president is more his mother than his dad.”

The Senate’s top Democrat, Harry M. Reid of Nevada, called President Bush a “loser” yesterday just about the time Air Force One was touching down on foreign soil

We can go on and on…..SO….Where was your outcry over these quotes? EXACTLY…you guys are hypocrites.

George

January 27th, 2010
7:03 pm

Ms. Tucker, regarding the name calling I can’t agree more. For you to be considered a serious journalist you need to adhere to your own advice. You need to read before submitting your pieces as the pieces are constantly filled with highly inflammatory name calling or labeling. I know the majority of American respect their neighbor no matter what there beliefs and people.

This is what I think

January 27th, 2010
7:31 pm

ACORN should be abolished!!!! It is nothing but a taxpayer’s black hole. It conceals its books and I’d like to see some stats on what exactly it does besides cause havoc during the Presidential election!!!!

Georgia loses

January 27th, 2010
8:42 pm

FYI to all you acorn bashers. This imbecile thought he could make a name for himself as a crimebuster, instead he made a name as a criminal. It has been proved that he edited the so-called prostitute tapes, problem for them, they broke federal statutes and if the son a a federal(republican)prosecuter is allowed to walk,well. As for O’Keefe, its over, even if he doesn’t serve time, Acorn is going to sue him and his benefactors big time. Whine if you must, the blip you percieve as your entre back into power is a mirage.

Robert Littel

January 27th, 2010
8:59 pm

When we look at these future federal prisoners, I think it is important to examine the cesspool from which they have arisen. I am beginning to think that by the nature and shallow quality of the posts of most of the Right-wing screamers of Limbaugh and Beck inspired propaganda talking points, that a profile of such individuals can be approximated. They are, for the most part, sad little creatures who have subscribed to doctrinaire hard line Right-wing dogma because they think that in doing so, they can add a measure of machismo to their pathetic existence, caused by the rejection they received during adolescence, by females.

The bullying attitude they project when engaging others on the Internet is in sharp contrast to what they revert to once they leave the key-board, which I suspect is shaped by a reality where they are set upon by the Neanderthals in their life, and are incapable of dealing with the brighter people around them. Many of them cleave to the symbolism of extremism, which is represented by the posters that adorn the walls of the parental basements in which they reside. I don’t know how closely any of them resemble this approximation, but I’m sure that a significant number of these bloviators do in fact reflect this templet. When recruiting people to carry out acts like “Stupidgate” all they have to do is reach out to any number of these weak minded doctrinaire psychotic Oliver North types, that seem to be infecting the Right-wing politics of hate.

not a CT fan

January 27th, 2010
9:16 pm

ATLshirt.com: Maybe the reason for the reduction in vents is because the AJC either fired the original vent guy/gal or drastically cut his/her hours

iRow

January 28th, 2010
2:39 am

No surprise that Thurmond, Helms et al never got around to setting mandatory minimum sentences for offenses of this sort.

This is what I think

January 28th, 2010
11:27 am

What these guys does not negate what is going on in ACORN. . . so while ACORN is gloating, we won’t hear the last of ACORN. . . the corruption may last there while Obama is in office . . but, one of these days the truth will come out and I mean the whole truth, nothing but the truth. If anyone thinks there was no accountability on Wallstreet then they should take a deeper, longer look into the activities of ACORN.