James O’Keefe’s latest victim: A special ed teacher

In August, an undercover operative for James O’Keefe — the conservative “filmmaker” of ACORN and Shirley Sherrod fame — started chatting up an unwary schoolteacher in a New Jersey bar.

Alissa Ploshnick, the single, 38-year-old special ed teacher, was flattered by the attention from her new 26-year-old “friend.” Over the next two and a half or three hours, they had some drinks, some laughs and apparently some flirtation. At one point, in a conversation about teacher tenure, Ploshnick told the attentive young man how hard it was to fire a tenured teacher. To prove her point, she told her admirer a story about a fellow teacher who had actually called a student the N-word, but the teacher had merely been demoted, not fired.

As happens with many a bar story, the story itself was apparently false. But in telling it, Ploshnick used the N-word herself.

Ploshnick had no idea that she was being audiotaped. A couple of months later, O’Keefe ambushed her outside her apartment with a video camera, demanding to know whether she’d ever used the N-word. The secretly made audiotape became a central part of an O’Keefe video called “Teachers Unions Gone Wild,” filmed in the same bar during a statewide teachers convention.

(In the O’Keefe video below, the Ploshnick segment begins at 0.25 minutes. The video opens with a secretly taped phone conversation between an assistant school superintendent and an actor who falsely complains that his child had been called the N-word.)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, engaged in a political war against the teachers union over pay and other issues, has cited O’Keefe’s videos as evidence that the teachers union is out of control. Ploshnick was suspended by the Passaic district for nine days and denied a pay raise worth a few thousand dollars.

Oh, and by the way, this wasn’t the first time Ploshnick has made the news. In 1997, as columnist Bob Braun of New Jersey’s Star-Ledger notes:

Alissa Ploshnick risked her life to save the lives of a dozen Passaic schoolchildren. She threw herself in front of a careening van to protect her students and landed in the hospital with broken ribs, a fractured wrist, a badly bruised pelvis and glass cuts in her eyes. She could have died.

The president of the United States, Bill Clinton then, sent her a letter. It read:

“I recently heard about your act of heroism and wanted to commend you for your selflessness. True heroes are rare in today’s world. And, all too often, those who are really making a difference in our communities go unnoticed and unrewarded. I am delighted to be able to give you the recognition you deserve. You are an example for all of us, and I applaud you for your sense of duty.’’

Teacher who was suspended for remarks in ‘Teachers Unions Gone Wild’ video speaks out

170 comments Add your comment

Union

November 15th, 2010
5:36 pm

sigh.. well. the teachers unions have gone wild..

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
5:39 pm

Enter your comments here

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
5:40 pm

Jay, are you editing, removing my comments?

Union

November 15th, 2010
5:41 pm

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
5:40 pm
Jay, are you editing, removing my comments?

sigh.. not this again

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
5:49 pm

Oh, my…the N word…! The N word? Have we really reached a point in society where we find it necessarry to go to this point of silliness…we all know what it stands for, so why are we bothering? And that’s the point of this whole bru-ha here…not what the scumbag did, not the set up…none of that,,,it’s the N word…

And a chance to go teacher bashing…oy!

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

November 15th, 2010
5:50 pm

Well, America’s got a lot of enemas and the worst is the teachers. I’m glad that Conservative outed her. She’s got no sense. Every redneck in this state knows you don’t use the N-word in front of people. Just in front of your fambly and your good friends. I use Those People when I’m talking to people I don’t know good. So does every other redneck I know. We save the tough stuff for in-house. It makes for alot less trouble. This woman ain’t got the good sense to be teaching our kids. In any state.

Have a good night everybody.

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
5:56 pm

The only word you need to know about this article is “union.” All of the rest of the story is BS. The Right certainly don’t want no well-paid union teachers teaching the public’s kids. ‘Specially since their kids all go to private schools.

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
5:58 pm

Not long ago I was a participant in a round table on teaching 19th Century English literature in high school. Recognizing that we had to include Joseph Conrad the participants were concerned about the accessibility of most of his work to that age group. They wanted to include “Nostromo.” You should have seen the looks on the faces when I said that “The N word of the Narcissus” was by far his most accessible, the prose simple and straightforward and the message of humanity timeless…Hah! You know about how far that one went…sad, truly sad.

Doggone/GA

November 15th, 2010
6:00 pm

“The only word you need to know about this article is “union.” ”

I would say you only need to know “Jay Bookman James O’Keefe” – and you can make a bet that the rest of the story is a trumped up, out and out lie – of HIS making.

md

November 15th, 2010
6:02 pm

The problem I have with unions – they replace merit with seniority.

To base any system on how long folks have been there vs their overall qualifications is detrimental to all involved.

idaslaptor

November 15th, 2010
6:03 pm

‘Victim’ seems a little harsh. She could have been talking to a rapist so at the least she’s not very bright.

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
6:07 pm

Jay

November 15th, 2010
6:10 pm

I’d say any “civilian” who is secretly taped in a bar conversation that is later made public nationally is a victim, idaslaptor.

But that’s part of the problem, I guess. The notion that “civilians” — whom I’d define as those not actively engaged in political warfare — shouldn’t be dragged into the spotlight for political purposes has gone by the wayside. You’re all fair game now.

BlahBlahBlah

November 15th, 2010
6:13 pm

I’m sure everyone in the video is an innocent victim, and the unions in New Jersey really do care about keeping good teachers and firing bad ones. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m expecting the Easter Bunny for dinner any minute now.

AmVet

November 15th, 2010
6:14 pm

What is it with these idiotic, cowardly and repugnant neo-cons like O’Keefe and their gotcha mentality?

And the Republican governor of New Jersey gives this repudiated, criminal goon ANY credence whatsoever?

Infreakingcredible.

I guess she’s lucky though. She didn’t get her face stomped on by some jackbooted piece of trash…

barking frog

November 15th, 2010
6:19 pm

PC words are becoming burdensome, I do not
like hurtful words but when boy or girl or dark
are ostracized because bad people employ
them as ‘labels’ it becomes burdensome.

Southern Comfort

November 15th, 2010
6:20 pm

Somebody should give that guy a taste of his own medicine…

RW-(the original)

November 15th, 2010
6:20 pm

In August, an undercover operative for James O’Keefe — the conservative “filmmaker” of ACORN and Shirley Sherrod fame

I certainly could have missed something but when did O’Keefe become connected to Shirley Sherrod?

Jay

November 15th, 2010
6:21 pm

RW, what would I do without you?

Thanks. Fixed.

F. Sinkwich

November 15th, 2010
6:22 pm

So what?

Some union thug teacher gets caught flouting her job security; thumbing her nose at those in the private sector who pay her salary.

Nothing to see here, move along.

Scout

November 15th, 2010
6:23 pm

*Let’s all sing together now …. *

Everyone stand up and holler for the Union
Let’s give the brotherhood a cheer,
Everyone stand up and holler for the Union
We ain’t hit a lick all year !!

What goes around comes around ……….. remember Mark Furhman at the O.J. trial debacle ?

jt

November 15th, 2010
6:24 pm

My football coach called me the n-word a few times. He also struck me in the throat and stomach.

We spelled out the d-word in his lawn one night in Roundup. We also planted abunch of Kudzu on the back part of his property. I also stuck my finger up my but when he use to smell our fingers coming back from lunch to see if we had been smoking cigarettes or worse. He knew and never forgave me. Had a flat top. Coach Turp. Taught history too. Dwelled on the War of Northern Aggression. Dated a freshman. Married her too. Had to.

He was a mean and Racist POS but I survived all right.

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
6:24 pm

Just another banal subject.

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
6:25 pm

Don’t rock the boat. Preserve the Status Quo.

Scout

November 15th, 2010
6:26 pm

Hey, let’s all have a good laugh.

I wonder if the bride is a teacher ?

http://www.waltonandjohnson.com/showarchives.html?n_id=933%20

RW-(the original)

November 15th, 2010
6:26 pm

After the strike through of Sherrod you should add “and Love Boat fame”, but you’d need to make that phrase a link back to your story about O’Keefe and the seduction thing.

You’re welcome!

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
6:26 pm

The Fairy Tale is true. Government’s don’t lie.

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
6:27 pm

Jay, I’m ashamed of you.

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
6:27 pm

Block the truth, it’s OK!

Ramguy

November 15th, 2010
6:28 pm

O’Keefe should be in prison. It was probably a Repulipuke Judge that gave him an slap on the wrist. The there was the deal where he tried to lure a reporter on a boat to try to seduce her for embarrassment purposes. He’s going to try that crap with the wrong person one day and get beat severely around the eyes, nose and mouth.

Jay

November 15th, 2010
6:28 pm

Soothsayer, i have no idea what you’re talking about.

AmVet

November 15th, 2010
6:30 pm

Yeah, the Sherrod debacle was courtesy of yet another of these twisted, neo-con twerps – Breitbart.

The mamarazzi? (Somebody call the boys, ’cause there are no men in there.)

Like I said, that the Three Little Pigs – Hannity, O’Reilly & Beck – kiss their scrawny little _____ is one thing, but the governor of NJ?

And SoCo, you’re right. And when that day comes, there will be a multitude of laughing voices.

Karma, baby. It can be a real b*tch…

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
6:31 pm

Scout

laissez les bonstemps rouler! :-)

She teaches Home Ec!

Mary Elizabeth

November 15th, 2010
6:32 pm

This teacher “threw herself in front of a careening van to protect her students.” How many would do that for others in any profession?

Her facial expressions in the second video speak volumns for the love she has for her students. I would say this is an outstanding teacher who was not wary enough in her personal life to be on guard against those of devious intent. Her lawyer/advisor made a telling statement when he said that for her to contest the actions of the School Board would have been too much for her emotionally after what she has already endured. Harassment of any nature must be stopped.

O’Keefe should be given no credence by anyone and he should pay a penalty for his deceit and harassment which caused another mental anquish and monetary loss.

A sad story which could have ended in the destruction of a worthy person, but did not.

Some are givers. Some are takers.

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
6:33 pm

A terrible event ocurred today in Shanghia, China. Many lives were lost. But this event has significance beyond the loss of life. Any guesses?

RW-(the original)

November 15th, 2010
6:33 pm

Soothsayer,

There are two layers of filters that would screen something out before Jay could even see it…contrary to popular belief.

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
6:34 pm

RAMGUY
He bes’ not try dat sh*t wid dem peoples in Scout’s link at 6:26!

Jay

November 15th, 2010
6:34 pm

Sooth, I found your link in a spam filter and released it.

But I still have no idea what conspiracy theory leads you to think I might have cause to censor a story about an apartment building fire in China.

Soothsayer

November 15th, 2010
6:35 pm

Thanks RW. You’re probably right.

F. Sinkwich

November 15th, 2010
6:36 pm

Huh?

Wow, AmVet, nonsensical posts are your forte, but that was a doozy.

Scout

November 15th, 2010
6:36 pm

josef:

Be sure and watch the video at 6:26. You will be rolling in the floor.

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
6:36 pm

Mary Elizabeth

Thanks for that wonderful response last p.m.! I have it saved for more indepth attention…will respond more at that time…

Paul

November 15th, 2010
6:36 pm

josef nix

I didn’t see it that way. I saw it as an escalation in a scuzzbag with a camera who has no sense of decency. Or ethics.

One of these days he’ll come face-to-face with karma.

Scout

November 15th, 2010
6:37 pm

Jay:

I “refudiate” your above thesis.

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
6:37 pm

Scout

That’s what my 6:31 was in reference to… :-)

Paul

November 15th, 2010
6:38 pm

josef nix

I meant your first post. Sorry -

F. Sinkwich

November 15th, 2010
6:38 pm

Mary:

“Some are givers. Some are takers.”

She, like a typical union thug, is a taker.

Thanks for pointing that out.

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
6:39 pm

PAUL

I’m not sure I’m following you…

Scout

November 15th, 2010
6:41 pm

josef:

I know. I posted before I saw yours.

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
6:42 pm

PAUL

Thanks for the clarification…It’s just I have a serious problem with this N word stuff…as soon as I see or hear it, it’s pretty hard to take anything that follows as serious…

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
6:44 pm

Let’s see if this one gets through…

Coonass

AmVet

November 15th, 2010
6:44 pm

Yep, them drunk cajuns can be tons of fun!

Frankie, try to put that stunning brainpower of yours to work and talk about the subject at hand and quit obsessing over me. In other words, calm down, before I have to taze ya like that groom!

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
6:44 pm

So, we see it did…what, no edit to C word?

Paul

November 15th, 2010
6:44 pm

josef nix

When all that brouhaha was going on with Joy Behar calling Sara Palin what was reported as “the B word” and it got bleeped out all over, one of the entertainers at Fox… said the whole word….

and sensibilities were offended throughout the land -

Ramguy

November 15th, 2010
6:45 pm

Some pinhead was dissing teachers at work the other day, calling them dimwits and stupid among other things. Keep in mind this guy is almost 40. Ignoring him another worker and I were talking about a show we saw about Stalin. The other guy stopped his insults long enough to ask who was Stalin was. Some people you just can’t reach.

Doggone/GA

November 15th, 2010
6:45 pm

“She, like a typical union thug, is a taker”

and you are in a class by yourself..and that is NOT a compliment

Paul

November 15th, 2010
6:47 pm

y’know, josef, I (T word) this (E word) (the other N word) of (R word) to (W word) by their first letter is (the other G word) (O word) of (H word).

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
6:49 pm

PAUL

But we can still call the Romani “Gypsies” and write all we want about the “gypsy cabs” just so long as it’s spelt with a lower case “g” :-)

Hillbilly Deluxe

November 15th, 2010
6:49 pm

When I was coming up, we were always taught to be very careful what we said to anybody, especially a stranger. That’s good advice. That being said, it doesn’t make this O’Keefe guy, ay less slimy.

Mary Elizabeth

November 15th, 2010
6:50 pm

Josef @ 6:36

Thanks much, Josef! I added an additional thought – more “creative” :-) – shall I say, at 7:58 a.m.
Please don’t feel any pressure to respond or certainly not by any timeline constraints. I certainly took long enough to respond to your telling me about that fine Argentine film!

But if you do respond, I know that it will be food for thought and interesting! Have a great evening.

Southern Comfort

November 15th, 2010
6:51 pm

I’m bowing out of this one early. I’ve already reached my limit of bs for the month. I can see this will be one of those bash the victim because she’s a member of a union instead of dealing with the topic at hand.

Y’all have fun…

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
6:51 pm

PAUL

@ 6:47
not the vaguest here, and if we keep going the way we’re going that’ll be the case all over the place… ISH

F. Sinkwich

November 15th, 2010
6:58 pm

Thanks, Doggone.

I believe in individual liberty and equality, with charity.

Unions believe in the collective.

RW-(the original)

November 15th, 2010
7:00 pm

I can see this will be one of those bash the victim because she’s a member of a union instead of dealing with the topic at hand

My Magic 8 ball says you have nothing to fear. When I asked if this thread was likely to stay on topic it said not a chance in h-word.

Paul

November 15th, 2010
7:00 pm

josef nix

My point exactly.

:-)

Doggone/GA

November 15th, 2010
7:08 pm

“I believe in individual liberty and equality, with charity”

Whereas I don’t. I don’t believe it’s ever possible for everyone to be at complete liberty, nor is it possible for everyone to be equal. Too many of the “ism” social systems claimg to be able to bring that about. They can’t.

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
7:14 pm

Mary Elizabeth…

Thanks for the expansion…I have both saved and do want to respond when I have the time to give it all its just dues…That film is one of the most profound I’ve ever seen on any number of levels…it was one of the first to be done following the thaw when the regime was trying to entice the Argentine film industry to come back home, all would be well…it was something of a test case…it and “A Funny Dirty Little War” which is another if you haven’t seen I’d suggest.Then, there’s “The Official Story.”
I’m not sure if you’re aware of this, but G-d is a citizen of the Argentine Republic and much of that is what is at underplay in “Man Facing…”

Adam

November 15th, 2010
7:46 pm

RW – “My Magic 8 ball says you have nothing to fear. When I asked if this thread was likely to stay on topic it said not a chance in h-word.”

Love it.

Of course the fact that she’s in a union must be the paramount thing of importance and she MUST be taken down. That is, as long as you believe unions are evil.

Frankly I think unions sometimes get out of control, but without them you have “at will” employment, which is also very bad. I could go on but it would also be more off topic.

The bottom line is this idea that the N word is either defensible (Dr. Laura) or whether it should lead to firing in ALL cases or just when you’re being public about it. I don’t think she should be fired for saying a word, in private, that she did not know was being taped by a sneak attack artist. It’s almost like saying those people who get Punk’d or appear on Jackass should all be fired too.

RB from Gwinnett

November 15th, 2010
7:47 pm

I think you’ve all completely missed the point of Jay’s post. I think it must be that you freely use the N word if you have saved some children. Why else could the story about her saving childrem possibly be relevant to the rest of the story?

Does anybody know if Trent Lott ever saved any children?

RB from Gwinnett

November 15th, 2010
7:49 pm

BTW, I’d rather talk about Charlie Rangel, who is obviously not smart enough to engage an attorney before his ethics hearings, but is smart enough to assume leadership positions in the Democrat party.

Exactly how corrupt and stupid do you have to be in that party before somebody tells you it’s time to go?

@@

November 15th, 2010
7:49 pm

It’s a good thing that teacher didn’t call the child a nappy-headed hoe. They’da sho nuff been fired.

I’d have to wonder about a female teacher who would welcome flirtation from a man with zits.

I’m sure O’Keefe is inspired by your expose of his expose, jay.

My hands look like they’ve been thru a meat grinder, but my chairs are oh so…..

BOO-TEE-FUL.

Rent-A-Tent

November 15th, 2010
7:49 pm

That O’Keefe’s a real piece of work. Someone his parents can be proud of, no doubt. Then, there are those that support and even use his work as a means to their own ends. Stand up and take a bow.

@@

November 15th, 2010
7:51 pm

Make that BEAUTIFUL.

Now that I’ve seen it “BOO-TEE-FUL” could be misconstrued to mean something else.

So sorry.

Del

November 15th, 2010
7:52 pm

Oh well I guess Jay can’t come up with too much that will bolster the sagging morale on the left, so apparently the blog had to endure another day of O’keefe bashing. The last one on O’Keefe barely got any play anywhere except here.

RB from Gwinnett

November 15th, 2010
7:55 pm

“Then, there are those that support and even use his work as a means to their own ends.”

Wouldn’t Jay fit that description?

And where is Bosch to whine about Jay providing O’Keefe publicity by posting about him? Do you think Bosch is capable of seeing thats a 2 sided sword?

I didn’t think so either….

Scout

November 15th, 2010
7:57 pm

Headline: “Taser Cams: Police Release Videos of Shocking Takedowns”

Get it ? “Shocking” Takedowns ! Har, har, har !

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/taser-cams-police-record-shocking-takedowns/story?id=12149640

md

November 15th, 2010
7:57 pm

Pretty sad that a parent has to make a decision like this gentleman did based on a broken system.

Del

November 15th, 2010
7:58 pm

Scout,, that 6:06 was comical. Did the portly bride have U.S. Navy tattooed on her shoulder?

Rent-A-Tent

November 15th, 2010
8:02 pm

Wouldn’t Jay fit that description?

I suppose there are some perverted minds out there that can “see” all sorts of things. Perhaps it is what one does with one’s perversions that truly defines the man.

Mr. Snarky

November 15th, 2010
8:03 pm

O’keefe is disgusting…someday he’ll get his.

Del

November 15th, 2010
8:03 pm

It seems that Queen Pelosi will indeed get challenged for minority party leadership. She unfortunately probably will get elected but hopefully, we’ll see the first step in purging the Democratic party of far-left loons.

The Leg Lamp is a major award....

November 15th, 2010
8:07 pm

Del
November 15th, 2010
8:03 pm

I disagree, Del. I hope Pelosi gets elected minority leader. What better tool to bludgeon the libs up to the 2012 election than to have Pelosi being the mouthpiece for the dems? I hope it’s an UGLY squabble and Pelosi wins the position.

josef nix

November 15th, 2010
8:08 pm

Del

November 15th, 2010
8:08 pm

Leg,

You make a good point.

Scout

November 15th, 2010
8:09 pm

Headline :Note From Juror Signals Deadlocked Jury in New York Terror Trial

Exactly the reason why these terrorists should have been classified as enemy combatants !

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/11/15/jury-deadlocked-new-york-terror-trial-note-juror/?test=latestnews

Del

November 15th, 2010
8:10 pm

Joe Nix,

Going saying g’night at 8:00pm. and I thought I was early to bed and early to rise.

The Leg Lamp is a major award....

November 15th, 2010
8:11 pm

Scout
November 15th, 2010
8:09 pm

It is a debacle. I’ll bet KSM will not go on trial until AFTER the 2012 election. The PR fallout would be devastating to Obama.

Scout

November 15th, 2010
8:14 pm

Del @ 7:58

“Scout,, that 6:06 was comical. Did the portly bride have U.S. Navy tattooed on her shoulder?”

No, but she did have a 3rd Armored Division Patch as a “tramp stamp” !

See the triangular 3rd Armored Dvision “Speerhead” patch below ……………. :o

Scout

November 15th, 2010
8:15 pm

Del

November 15th, 2010
8:18 pm

Scout,

Oh! straight leg doggies, they’re even worse than deck apes. Corpsman are set apart and among the few.

@@

November 15th, 2010
8:21 pm

Corpsman are set apart and among the few.

Isn’t that supposed to be “corpseman”?

schnirt

Scout

November 15th, 2010
8:21 pm

Del:

My brother was an Army tanker. I can’t bust their chops too much.

Scout

November 15th, 2010
8:22 pm

Dave R.

November 15th, 2010
8:41 pm

I’m gonna hold judgment on this story until a real journalist covers it. Thus far, it’s been two columnists, and you know how they can’t be trusted. :)

Mick

November 15th, 2010
8:45 pm

del

Okeefe bashing? Do you have any idea what a special ed teacher does? This guy is a first class piece of excrement who has proved nothing but devastated an unwitting teacher AT A BAR….It’s sick and this game is pure garbage..

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 15th, 2010
8:51 pm

Amazing to me that the same people who vehemently claimed that Dr. Laura’s use of the N word was defensible, now claim that this use was indefesenible (albeit unfortunate).

Del

November 15th, 2010
8:54 pm

mick,

O’keefe dupes them in and that’s his thing. I wouldn’t do it for a living and from your indication you wouldn’t either but you’re not trying to say that the left is above pulling similar stunts, are you?

O'Keefe's Korner

November 15th, 2010
8:59 pm

That Dave R is my kinda guy. He really knows where to put his trust.

AmVet

November 15th, 2010
8:59 pm

The contrast could not be more stark.

The woman is a hero who saved several kids lives.

The male (Not sure the word man applies) is a gutless little twerp, with a criminal record…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

November 15th, 2010
9:06 pm

AmVet…even twerps would think weasely character is a bully. He cannot attack directly those who he is after so he has to attack those in any way “associated” at least in his mind.

But the continued claim of the right that the “left” does the same thing is another weak defense. Either you have a standard, threshold or line you will not cross, or you dont. OKeefe has no sewer he will not sink to, but the right contiues to embrace him.