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Old 04-08-2010, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default ACORN smear: "Sometimes a fuller truth is found on the cutting room floor"

A man lost his job for doing the right thing and calling the police while the other who created the smear through the illegal recording will not be prosecuted.

Maddow: Raw footage reveals O狸eefe lied about ACORN tapes

By David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 -- 12:08 pm

When conservative activists James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles released tapes last fall purporting to show ACORN employees advising them on how to set up a child prostitution ring, it resulted in widespread praise for their intrepid journalism and a Congressional defunding of the anti-poverty group. But it is now becoming clear to all but their most fervent supporters that the O'Keefe "expose" was deliberately misleading.

"If you were a member of Congress and you voted to defund ACORN because of the outrage portrayed in these tapes," MSNBC's Rachel Maddow proclaimed on Tuesday, "you were had."

Last week, California Attorney Gerneral Jerry Brown released some of O'Keefe's raw footage, which he obtained as part of an agreement not to prosecute O'Keefe for violating state privacy laws. Maddow reviewed several of the most severe distortions revealed by the footage, starting with O'Keefe's claim that he was wearing his outrageous pimp outfit when he visited the ACORN offices.

That claim, which Brad Friedman at Brad Blog has been debunking for months, was promoted heavily by Fox News and swallowed uncritically by most of the mainstream media. The unedited tape of O'Keefe's visit to the ACORN office in San Diego, however, includes a shot of his arm as he opens the door to leave, and he is clearly wearing a nicely pinstriped dress shirt.

The edited video released by O'Keefe also appears to show an ACORN employee advising him on how to smuggle underage girls into the United States. O'Keefe is heard off-camera saying, "What things do you need from me in terms of the shipment information," and the employee replies, "It's better if it's in Tijuana ... because I have a lot of contacts in Tijuana." O'Keefe then goes on to say, "There's twelve of them. ... Twelve girls, they're like 13 to 15 years old."

But as Maddow pointed out, in the previously unreleased portion of the video, the employee continues asking very detailed questions about O'Keefe's phone number and the exact time and location of the girls' arrival. "What's this ACORN guy going to do with all that information?" Maddow wondered. "Oh, he calls the police and reports what they've told him is going to be a crime."

According to Jerry Brown's report (pdf), "Immediately after the couple left, Vera telephoned his cousin, Detective Alejandro Hernandez, at the National City Police Department... [and said] that a self-admitted prostitute had been to the office and was discussing human smuggling."

"For that he ended up getting fired,
" Maddow noted wryly.

A final O'Keefe tape appeared to show a different ACORN employee reacting to the child prostitution scheme by saying enthusiastically, "You can do anything. ... Don't give up."

But the unedited tape reveals that the encouraging words came after O'Keefe had told the employee that he and his prostitute girlfriend were having trouble finding a house because she is "in a unique line of work." Her "never give up" meant to keep trying different banks until one said yes.

"This is not meant to excuse what ACORN has done wrong in the past," Maddow concluded. "But the huge tide of negative publicity ... was bullpucky. It was a dishonest political stunt that bears no resemblance to journalism and no resemblance to the actual facts. "

"But it worked," she added. "Who do you think is next on their list?"

This video is from MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast April 6, 2010.

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Old 04-08-2010, 05:11 PM   #2
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Calif. AG: No criminality found on ACORN tapes

By JUDY LIN, Associated Press Writer Thu Apr 1, 11:06 pm ET
SACRAMENTO, Calif. California Attorney General Jerry Brown determined Thursday that ACORN broke no criminal laws, after reviewing videotapes that sparked a recent political firestorm.

Brown's office said it would not pursue charges against the now-defunct community organizing group. But it said ACORN engaged in inappropriate behavior that may prompt other state agencies to take a look, such as dumping 500 pages of confidential records into the trash and failing to file a state tax return.

"A few ACORN members exhibited terrible judgment and highly inappropriate behavior in videotapes obtained in the investigation," Brown said in a statement. "But they didn't commit prosecutable crimes in California."

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asked Brown last year to investigate ACORN after employees were seen in video segments appearing to advise a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute. ACORN staff told the couple to lie about the woman's profession to get financial help.

The hidden-camera videos created a political firestorm when they were released, and tarnished the once-mighty ACORN, which stands for Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The organization folded last month.

Brown, a Democrat running for governor, said the tapes were highly edited.

Rather than give advice on prostituting underage girls, human trafficking and cheating on taxes, the attorney general's office found ACORN members at times caught on to the scheme and called the police in the portions of the videos that were cut.

"Sometimes a fuller truth is found on the cutting room floor," Brown said.

To obtain the full tapes, Brown's office agreed not to prosecute conservative activists James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles, who played the pimp and prostitute in the video, even though the report found they likely violated state privacy laws.

In California, O'Keefe used hidden cameras on visits to ACORN offices in San Diego, San Bernardino and Los Angeles. State law requires both parties to give consent before a conversation is recorded.

ACORN could not be reached for comment because the group has disbanded, and phone listing for O'Keefe and Giles could not be found.

Besides not filing taxes and throwing away confidential papers, the attorney general's report found four instances of possible voter registration fraud by ACORN in San Diego accompanying the 2008 election.

Brown raised a concern that a successor group to ACORN in California is "run by the same people."

O'Keefe is now facing charges in New Orleans on a federal case involving an attempt to tamper with Sen. Mary Landrieu's office.

Federal authorities initially accused O'Keefe and three others of trying to tamper with Landrieu's phones, but now say they planned to pretend to test the phone system.
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Sounds like someone is about to get themselves sued for defamation.
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Sounds like someone is about to get themselves sued for defamation.
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Sounds like someone is about to get themselves sued for defamation.
James O狸eefe to pay $100K over ACORN sting
The conservative prankster settles with a former ACORN employee for $100,000 and apologizes
By Alex Seitz-Wald

James O'Keefe (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, File) Original Filename: Senator_s_Office_Arrests_NY124.jpg (Credit: Ghanbari/ap)

Conservative provocateur James O狸eefe has agreed to pay $100,000 and apologize to a former ACORN employee who was fired after being portrayed in one of O狸eefe痴 undercover video stings.

The ACORN sting was one of O狸eefe痴 first and most successful operations, leading to a congressional prohibition on federal funding for ACORN that caused the group to collapse. But Juan Carlos Vera, a former employee whom O狸eefe and accomplice Hannah Giles secretly filmed in a California ACORN office, said the tape violated a state law against recording someone without their permission, so he sued the two conservative sting artists.

Giles settled this summer, but the suit against O狸eefe is still in federal court.

Now, according to documents obtained by Wonkette, Vera has agreed to drop the case against O狸eefe in exchange for $100,000 and acknowledgment from O狸eefe that the video did not include the fact that Vera had called the police during the sting. The settlement, dated Wednesday, adds that O狸eefe 途egrets any pain suffered by Mr. Vera or his family. He has 30 days to pay up.

In an email exchange with Salon, O狸eefe confirmed the settlement and said a statement was forthcoming.

It痴 not the first time O狸eefe has run into legal trouble. He had felony charges against him dropped in relation to a sting targeting Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. He pleaded guilty to a lesser crime and was sentenced to three years probation.
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In B4 "you found it on Maddow (or Google! hahaha) so it's not true"

Man, almost three years and no one ever said that? Be still my beating heart.
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O'keefe is an ugly little douche who only does what he does because he can't get laid.
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