James O’Keefe, along with Hannah Giles, broke one of the biggest investigative news stories since Watergate on the systemic corruption of radical left governmental organizations. It was, for new media, a defining moment. And while the historic implications of the O’Keefe/Giles expose are not yet fully understood, the media landscape was forever changed.
Despite this seismic shift in modern journalism, the mainstream media scornfully ignored the biggest story of the Obama administration. ACORN, Obama’s personal community organizing group, funded with taxpayer dollars, was shown to be a criminal, rapacious, and predatory organization. In clip after clip from O’Keefe and Giles, ACORN’s indecency became more obvious and outrageous, and the little remaining trust that the American people had in government/community service organizations morphed into outright contempt.
And the mainstream media yawned.
Until last week, that is, when, like sharks to chum, the media swarm worked itself into a frenzy over the news that James O’Keefe had been “busted” on trumped up charges. In an egregious act of thuggery and intimidation, James O’Keefe was arrested for entering Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA)’s office (the people’s office) wearing a telephone repairman uniform. O’Keefe was attempting to document Landrieu’s contempt for the American people in not answering the phone from outraged citizens. Landrieu took a massive bribe from Chicago-land President Obama to induce her to help ram the nationalized health-care plan through despite the fury of the American people. Landrieu claimed she wasn’t answering her constituents because — get this — her phones were broken. O’Keefe was videoing the working phones. Beautiful.
So what does O’Keefe get for expsoing the corrupt politicians? A night in the pen.
Big Government is now reporting that Jim Letten, a U.S. Attorney, recused himself from the case. Was Letten the one who called the media, lied about the phone tampering charges and refused O’Keefe legal counsel? According to BG founder Andrew Breitbart, “James O’Keefe sat in jail for 28 hours without access to an attorney, while the U.S. attorney leaked the information about his arrest, helping the media frame it as ‘Watergate Junior.'” Breitbart compared this to the treatment of the Christmas underwear bomber: “The panty bomber on Christmas was given — you know, this guy’s from Al Qaeda, and he’s not even an American citizen, and he’s given access to an attorney right away. I believe that this was a concerted effort, this is just my opinion, to allow for the media to frame the issue to put James O’Keefe in a very bad position.”
So let’s get this straight. James O’Keefe, a great American, was kept in jail without a lawyer for the crime of entering a Senator’s office pretending to be a telephone repairman (how many reporters have gotten stories by impersonating one thing or another?), while the Christmas balls bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to blow up a plane by making sure he was sitting in seat 19a (over the fuel tank) and setting off a bomb he was hiding in his underwear, was given a lawyer almost immediately. His sitting in seat 19A would ensure the greatest possible explosion over the densely populated Detroit area — and yet O’Keefe languishes without counsel while being prosecuted in the media, and Abdulmutallab gets lawyered up quicker than Pelosi can bang down a double on Air Force One.
Eric Holder will protect any Muslim terrorist. From the Netherlands to the Arabian Peninsula, the Nigerian jihadist, he has always stood up for their rights. And then of course there are the Panthers, Holder’s other favorites, with their voter intimidation with nightsticks.
But do not dare pretend to be a Bell repair man. Do not dare to enter a Democrat Senator’s office while disagreeing with her politics. If you do that, you will get the revolutionary court putting you into a hole, with the mob cheering like Frankenstein.
There is something really wrong in America when an earnest young man, in pursuit of the truth, is treated like a murderer, and a jihadi, whose intent is to slaughter Americans and overthrow the American government, is mirandized and given the Constitutional protections of an American citizen (which he isn’t).
The bottom line is that James O’Keefe was terribly wronged. And that is the story. That would have been front-page news in an era of uncorrupted media. Which is why the new media is, without, question, the single most critical element to winning the war of ideas.