Conservative Activist James O’Keefe Attempts To Take Down CNN
A planned CNN documentary on young, passionate conservatives almost went horribly wrong for the international news media outlet after a failed attempt to bring into question the network’s credibility.
At the center of the entire scheme is conservative activist James O’Keefe, who infamously brought down liberal community group ACORN amidst video evidence allegedly showing its members attempting to help pimps and prostitutes avoid taxes, detection and arrest. Although the videos were found to be heavily doctored and therefore illegitimate, the damage had been done and it went a long way in leading the group to disband.
Obviously, O’Keefe was hoping to wreak the same type of havoc on CNN (which, oddly enough, many find to be “liberal” although it features a relatively equal number of conservative and liberal pundits, and served as the TV home to Glenn Beck until 2008) with a plan to prey upon Abbie Boudreau, an investigative journalist for the network.
The plan was to attempt to hit on Boudreau and lure her to a boat which would be littered with sex toys, condoms, and other paraphernalia of a sexually suggestive nature and to record the conversation and any actions which may have taken place with multiple hidden cameras.
Furthermore, the plan was complete with detailed instructions and even a script, which were later found. The script O’Keefe was to read at the beginning of the video goes as follows:
“My name is James. I work in video activism and journalism. I’ve been approached by CNN for an interview where I know what their angle is: They want to portray me and my friends as crazies, as non-journalists, as unprofessional and likely as homophobes, racists or bigots of some sort….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.”
Although Boudreau maintains CNN was only planning to film a documentary on young conservatives and their movements, O’Keefe seems convinced the network was out to get them. The instructions go on to say those involved should use Boudreau’s name very prominently in an attempt to denigrate her career.
Of course, these findings leave us with more than a few questions. For example, what can one actually hope to prove about someone else by attempting to lure that person to a boat which is outfitted with all types of sexual objects?
Secondly, with so much momentum and so many polls strongly in their favor, why would any conservative feel the need to try to create artificial press and power?
Finally, why is O’Keefe paranoid he and others will be portrayed as racists, bigots, and homophobes? If much of the footage had already been taken up to this point, doesn’t he realize many of the things he and others have been saying on camera would already lend themselves to such a portrayal?
At best, all O’Keefe has done by attempting to question the credibility of CNN is bring into question the credibility of his own movement.
CNN is choosing to air this documentary, Right On The Edge, despite the failed gag. It’s set to air Oct. 2 and 3.