Scam artist James O'Keefe is back with a CNN "exposé" - and Republicans just can't say no - 2017-06-29
They did it again. Republicans have fallen for another deceptive video produced by James O'Keefe, the well-known scam artist who has been responsible for some of the most egregious fake news of the last several years. This time the Trump White House and the president's dwindling cabal of loyalists are busily rending their garments over a video on which O'Keefe claimed to have captured a CNN producer named John Bonifield saying that the network's Trump-Russia coverage is purely a ratings stunt that lacks any real evidence.
Of course the video isn't exactly what it claims to be, but that's never stopped the Republicans, especially members of the congressional GOP caucus, from lashing their reputations to O'Keefe's videos — despite the fact that every single video O'Keefe's ever produced has been resoundingly debunked. We'll circle back to the CNN video shortly. In the meantime, let's recap.
O'Keefe's video shenanigans began with a fraudulent sting operation orchestrated against the now-defunct community activist group called Acorn. It all began with a 2009 video in which O'Keefe dressed up as a pimp and attempted to elicit advice from low-level Acorn workers about how to evade taxes on his supposedly illegal operations. The news media widely debunked the videos and proved that they had been selectively edited to make it seem as if the workers had played along with this fictional pimp.