Many will remember James O’Keefe who became famous for secretly taping workers from the community activist group ACORN offering him and a partner financial advice while they posed as a pimp and prostitute.
O’Keefe‘s video resulted in Congress removing some funding for ACORN, which for several years has been the scourge of conservative activists who say the group participated in voter fraud.
But as fate would have it, in National City, near San Diego, James O’Keefe’s luck ran out. An ACORN employee named Juan Carlos Vera offered James O’Keefe and his female companion, Hannah Giles, some chance of aid while they were in his ACORN office, but instantly contacted police authorities soon after the couple had left the ACORN offices to report the couple.
I want to reiterate this last point, when James O’Keefe broadcasted on Fox News his film showing him dressed up like “1970’s Huggy Bear the Pimp along with a female companion, Hannah Giles in stereotypical prostitute clothes,” IT WAS A FABRICATED EDITED FLIM.
This pseudo investigative film was not even closely accurate but what was held up as evidence of “Voter Fraud” from the Democratic Party by the Republican Party’s propaganda machine. The edited tapes were widely covered, without fact-checking, in most Right-Wing Medias such as the likes of Fox “News.” Why?!? Because it was what they wanted their reality to be. This is the major pitfall for those who gather their news information from these sources and think they are well informed.
After ithe footage of Vera’s conversation with the posing pair was included with the scenes in the other offices in a heavily edited video, Vera was fired. Juan Carlos Vera subsequently sued James O’Keefe seeking damages for the consequences of O’Keefe’s violation to him and his family. James O’Keefe, after trying various defenses (like claiming he is a journalist, and had First Amendment immunity), was finally sentenced to pay a $100,000 settlement. In the signed document, he stated that he “regrets any pain suffered by Mr. Vera or his family.” Hannah Giles agreed to pay Vera $50,000 settlement for her part in the ACORN deception earler.
Now this being said, I really don’t find it surprising that the Conservative Media or the Conservative Blowhard Radio appear reluctant to report the true, accurate or even a correcting the story at all. Basically it is not what they want reality to be as it tarnishes both James O’Keefe and what they still want to propagate as a legitimate take-down of a group that needed taken down for promoting voting fraud.
Even in the last 2012 National Election, Tea Party / Ultra-Conservative Republican were still pointing and referring to the ACORN fabricated incident as evidence of “Voter Fraud” by the Democratic Party. Ultra-Conservative Viewpoints and Evidence based on a lie.
Now in truth, the 2010 investigation by the California Attorney General determined there was “no criminality” by ACORN workers as seen in any of the raw video tapes.
James O’Keefe and his “prostitute character” partner, Hannah Giles, agreed to turn over the unedited tapes in exchange for a reduction in prison time for their Federal Conviction. “The evidence illustrates that things are not always as partisan zealots portray them through highly selective editing of reality,” said California’s then AG Jerry Brown in a statement accompanying the release of his office’s investigation report.
To restate the truth, ACORN was unjustly felled by criminal acts of James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles.
Now to pass on the rest of the James O’Keefe story, O’Keefe was sentenced to three years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine after he pleaded guilty on Wednesday to misdemeanor charges stemming from his involvement in a break-in at Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) office. James O’Keefe’s Extreme Conservative Criminal Acts are still in overdrive.