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O’Keefe Prevented From Going to Tampa

James O’Keefe, the demented frat boy who fancies himself a guerilla journalist, has been prevented from traveling to the city hosting the Republican National Convention, where he was scheduled to speak to a conference on citizen journalism. He is on probation for dressing up as a phone repairman to dishonestly get access to Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office in Louisiana and can only travel with permission from a judge. Couldn’t have happened to a slimier and more loathsome creature.

Comments

  1. eric says

    If he were sincere about his speaking engagement, and it wasn’t just a sham he’s trying to pull on the judge to get to travel to the convention, he could just set up skype or send in a pre-recorded video.

    Anyone want to bet he does that?

  2. Chiroptera says

    O’Keefe: The audience was pleased to learn that we are building an army of citizen journalists and investigators who are now in almost every state working to protect the American people from voter fraud by exposing deficiencies in the security of our electoral processes.

    It’s too bad that he was only convicted of a misdemeanor. It would be really, really funny if it had been a felony and he lives in a state that does not allow people to vote if they have a felony conviction on their records.

    (Don’t get me wrong: I’m against disenfranchising people with a prison record. But I also appreciate irony.)

  3. d cwilson says

    He’s lucky he never got a chance to carry out his plan to seduce date rape a CNN employee. Otherwise, he would be a convicted felon.

  4. d cwilson says

    Argh! HTML fail!

    He’s lucky he never got a chance to carry out his plan to seduce date rape a CNN employee. Otherwise, he would be a convicted felon.

  5. justsomeguy says

    @eric:

    If he does that, he won’t be able to say that the big bad government is trying to silence him!

  6. Chiroptera says

    On the other hand, it would be even funnier if O’Keefe’s name got mixed up in a purge of all voters who merely have a police record of any kind; you know, one of those “mistakes” that fraud-conscious Republican Secretaries of State seem to make a lot.

  7. Randomfactor says

    He’s lucky he never got a chance to carry out his plan to seduce date rape a CNN employee. Otherwise, he would be a convicted felon.

    Only if it’s a “legitimate rape.”

    And yes, reportedly he’ll be Skypeing it in.

  8. leedawson says

    Eric, the second sentence of the linked article:

    “O’Keefe spoke via Skype on “the role of the citizen journalist” and took audience questions at Tuesday’s luncheon sponsored by the James Madison Institute, a Florida-based nonprofit organization.”

  9. roggg says

    The only thing that surprises me in all of this is that he’d be invited to speak on the topic of journalism.

  10. Chiroptera says

    roggg, #11: The only thing that surprises me in all of this is that he’d be invited to speak on the topic of journalism.

    Look up “James Madison Institute.” You might cease to be surprised.

  11. gmacs says

    I don’t know if PZ would remember this, but one of his co-conspirators was Joseph Basel, a graduate of University of Minnesota Morris and co-founder of its conservative bigot newspaper, The Counterweight.

    When this shit went down, the members of the staff for The Counterweight did not coordinate at all, and they independently sent messages on the student listserve to either defend his actions or distance the rag from him. The group and the paper subsequently imploded.

    It was no real loss. Some of the writers were decent people with whom I have a disagreement in opinion, while half the staff were flat-out racist.

  12. slc1 says

    Re Chiroptera @ #12

    Like George Marshall who would be appalled at the use of his name by the George Marshall Institute, James Madison would be equally appalled at the use of his name by the James Madison Institute. A couple of far right wing think tanks set up to spread corporate propaganda on subjects like global warming.

  13. jnorris says

    As interesting as O’Keefe having to stay away, was the
    westboro baptist Church protesting in Tampa? Will they protest in Charlotte/ alfter all, none of the four presidential and vice pres candidates are Christian in the Baptist Church sort of way:
    Atheist Muslim. Mormon, and Roman Catholic.

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