Saturday, October 2, 2010

St. Louis Tea Party Defends O'Keefe Even After Breitbart Walks Away

Earlier in the week, a plot by right-wing icon James O'Keefe to "seduce" CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau on camera by isolating her on a boat full of sex toys and pornography was revealed and widely condemned. The plan involved O'Keefe hitting on Boudreau, who was there in a professional capacity to document the young conservative movement, while O'Keefe (and others?) were secretly videotaping the interactions. A plan for the event obtained by CNN had O'Keefe reading the following statement:
Instead, I've decided to have a little fun. Instead of giving her a serious interview, I'm going to punk CNN. Abbie has been trying to seduce me to use me, in order to spin a lie about me. So, I'm going to seduce her, on camera, to use her for a video. This bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who comes on at five will get a taste of her own medicine, she'll get seduced on camera and you'll get to see the awkwardness and the aftermath.

Please sit back and enjoy the show.
Amazingly, even James O'Keefe's former employer Andrew Breitbart, who in the past religiously stood by O'Keefe and even suggested that O'Keefe's arrest in New Orleans was a result of a "concerted effort" by the U.S. government to make O'Keefe look bad, has turned against his former employee. In a statement yesterday, Breitbart wrote the following:
... 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.
Yet, unbelievably, leaders of the St. Louis tea party movement are still defending O'Keefe's despicable plan, and are even blaming the victim! Check out some of the tweets from Jim Hoft (Gateway Pundit) and (Jim Durbin):

Particularly offensive is this quote from Durbin:
in CNN story, Boudreau says news business is sexist, and doesn't take her seriously. So why interview O'Keefe?
This sounds an awful lot like blaming the victim. What does interviewing O'Keefe have to do with the news business being sexist? Boudreau was interviewing him because she was doing a story on young conservative activists. Yet Durbin suggests there's something wrong with her doing that while being a woman?

Anyway, it's truly mind-boggling how willing the St. Louis tea party leaders are to throw all morals and decency out the window in their "war" against "the Left.' When you've gone far beyond even Andrew Breitbart's moral limits, you know you've got problems.

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