September 29th, 2010
06:55 PM ET
4 years ago

Conservative media watchdog condemns latest attempt by ACORN 'pimp'

Washington (CNN) – The president of the conservative watchdog group Media Research Center has responded to conservative activist James O'Keefe's attempt to embarrass CNN by misrepresenting himself and plotting to film a meeting with CNN investigative reporter Abbie Boudreau.

"The MRC unequivocally denounces James O'Keefe for his attempted assault on CNN. It isn't just childish and immature; it's ugly, dishonest and filthy," Brent Bozell said in a statement.


"There is no place in the conservative movement for this type of behavior," Bozell said.

Bozell is wary of what he calls "the new Internet journalists" and calls on conservatives to heavily scrutinize so-called journalists like Okeefe.

"Bottom line: We want nothing to do with O'Keefe or his dirty antics," said Bozell.

O'Keefe grabbed headlines in 2009 when he released a video of himself posing as a pimp during a undercover sting aimed discrediting the community organizing group ACORN, which has since disbanded.

Earlier this year, O'Keefe pleaded guilty to entering federal property under false pretenses after he and three other activists were arrested following an attempt to access a phone system in Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office. O'Keefe was fined $1,500, placed on probation and ordered to do community service.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. GOP Scorched Earth Politics

    What a pinhead creepy geek. Sounds like the typical right-wing activist that solicits to FOX.

    September 29, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Steve in Denver

    "It isn't just childish and immature; it's ugly, dishonest and filthy,"

    That pretty much describes the neocons and tea party advocates. Nothing is too sleazy for the Rove and Gingrich inspired campaign tactics.

    September 29, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Dan, TX

    It is nice for a conservative group to do what is obviously the right thing. Let's see if conservatives as a whole embrace it. I can't wait to see the Fox News coverage of this horrible O'Keefe. I hope this is the last we ever here or see of this idiot.

    September 29, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  4. Marcus

    So he first edits a video in order to 'denounce' ACORN, then he tries to wiretap an US Senator, and now this?
    Honestly, who takes this guy seriously anymore and wants (or think that can demand) to be taken seriously from them on?

    September 29, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Republicans is smart in the head area

    Funny Brent, you were all sorts of in love with him over Acorn, but now you disavow his tactics? Not buying it sorry.

    September 29, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    Since he has been condemned by conservative Bozell, it looks like O'Keefe will just have to stay on the payroll of Fox who endorses childish, immature, ugly, dishonest and filthy journalism.

    September 29, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. vic, Nashville TN

    As a conservative my parents never support this kind of activities past 18 months so many rumors spread by some conservative activist sad part we didn’t condemns those

    He should behind bar

    September 29, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. ingrid

    Good for media research center to critcize O'Keefe's unethical and amateurish antics. There is apparently strong evidence that the whole ACORN expose by O'keefe last year was heavily doctored by him and was false (of course not until damage was unfairly done). He is just an opportunist who will say or do anything to get attention. He is the Johnny Knoxville of journalism.

    September 29, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  9. Frank

    The Media Research Center (and its GOP sponsors) had a field day when this young scumbag deceived the ACORN volunteers and put the entire beneficial organization out of business. Now that disown him> How cute.

    September 29, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    Why is it not ok now? Its been a staple of the republican tea party diet for years. As a matter of fact didnt the republican tea party propoganda wing (fox news) fully endorse and howl about what a great guy this thug is?

    September 29, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    Gotcha mindset of conservatives, truthful or more likely untruthful, it doesn't matter...and people still think that ACORN did something wrong, oh please, Republicans are parasites, first they kill the host then in the process themselves.

    September 29, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  12. Mike

    Conservatives loved O'Keefe when he did the ACORN stunt and now they are condemning him for a similar stunt? Just shows that conservatives flip flop on morality. Just don't get caught and it is OK! Shows how corrupt their mind set is.

    September 29, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Time to pull his probation.

    September 29, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. ron

    Why don't that Clown grow up.

    September 29, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  15. Donnatella

    Now they realize he is dirty, LOL!!!

    September 29, 2010 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |