Maybe Anti-ACORN ‘Pimp’ Should Have Listened to His Friends

An interesting catch from Think Progress (1/26/10)–from an interview conducted last year by Fox News‘ Chris Wallace (9/27/09) with pretend pimp James O’Keefe:

WALLACE: O’Keefe says he wants to do more undercover films, and he has some targets in mind. He says his friends always tell him the next sting will never work.

O’KEEFE: I disagree with them. I think that I’ll come up with a new strategy and I’ll get them to say yes.

This was, of course, before O’Keefe and three of his friends were arrested while apparently trying to wiretap the phones of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Update: O’Keefe denies that he was trying to wiretap Landrieu’s phone. He and his companions were not charged under the wiretapping statute, but with “maliciously interfering with a telephone system operated and controlled by the U.S. government” (CBSNews.com, 1/29/10).

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Extra! Magazine Editor Since 1990, Jim Naureckas has been the editor of Extra!, FAIR's monthly journal of media criticism. He is the co-author of The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error, and co-editor of The FAIR Reader: An Extra! Review of Press and Politics in the '90s. He is also the co-manager of FAIR's website. He has worked as an investigative reporter for the newspaper In These Times, where he covered the Iran-Contra scandal, and was managing editor of the Washington Report on the Hemisphere, a newsletter on Latin America. Jim was born in Libertyville, Illinois, in 1964, and graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Since 1997 he has been married to Janine Jackson, FAIR's program director. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @JNaureckas.