The Washington Post suddenly discovers James O’Keefe III and Hannah Giles, the team who put together the ACORN sting videos:
Much of America discovered James O’Keefe III and Hannah Giles through their hidden-camera, make-believe pimp and prostitute videos of ACORN employees giving advice about establishing a brothel with underage hookers.
But as far back as 2006 – well before the videos became a national sensation and conservative rallying cry – the fresh-faced O’Keefe and Giles connected with a pair of Washington conservative institutions that boast programs training ideological journalists.
Now, due to coordinated promotion of the undercover sting footage by influential players in the conservative media, Giles and O’Keefe have gone from part of the pack to movement superstars.
Giles, a 20-year-old sophomore at Florida International University, spent the summer on a $1,200-a-month internship with the National Journalism Center, a training organization whose alumni include conservative commentator Ann Coulter. Immediately after graduating Rutgers University in 2006, O’Keefe, 25, was paid to set up magazines and newspapers on university campuses for the Leadership Institute, which recruits potential conservative public policy and media stars.
Each has other credentials that place them squarely in the network of activists who believe liberal-leaning mainstream media willfully ignore stories that illustrate the failings of the political left and its leaders.
Ok, then. Got the slant on the article? They are “professional” activists. As opposed to what? What ACORN is? They are not getting billions in taxpayer money to do what they are doing, unlike ACORN. Go read the whole thing, because O’Keefe and Giles come out looking very, very good, while ACORN looks – if anything – even worse than ever.
O’Keefe and Giles are now being sued by ACORN – and one simply cannot wait for the discovery phase. Because ACORN has a lot to lose here. The suit is, frankly, stupid. ACORN fired the employees involved right after the videos aired – they are going to get their butts handed to them in court – after a lot more dirty laundry gets aired out.
UPDATE: The lawsuit against the makers of the ACORN sting videos is now really, really big news in the media – unlike the videos themselves. But the media is on the wrong side on this one. If the lawsuit does succeed, the cherished ambush, hidden video techniques of the media are shut right off. Think about that, MSM. Stop carrying water for Obama and start doing your job.