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Mother Jones chickenhawks James O’Keefe at Netroots Nation

Mother Jones chickenhawks James O’Keefe at Netroots Nation

James O’Keefe is loathed on the left almost on a par with what Andrew Breitbart experienced.  From ACORN to NPR to voter fraud in 2012, O’Keefe and his camera have caused havoc.

Yet when blogger Adam Weinstein of Mother Jones approached O’Keefe this year at Netroots Nation, they had a rather pleasant, non-confrontational conversation (in contrast to how Anne was treated by Warren supporters):

The way Weinstein wrote up the encounter you’d think this was an epic confrontation, WATCH: James O’Keefe III Crashes Netroots Nation With His Handicam (emphasis mine):

Saturday afternoon … James O’Keefe III, “ratfucker” extraordinaire, showed up to tape the festivities. And we taped him—see the video below.

O’Keefe, standing about six-two and looking taller in a skin-tight black polo, held a handicam at the ready, but he and his consort—conservative blogger Jim Hoft, aka Gateway Pundit—seemed a little intimidated when I whipped out my own videocam.

Does O’Keefe seem intimidated to you in the video?  The video shows someone relaxed and happy to answer questions.

And then there was the post-video interaction (emphasis mine):

After I stopped rolling, two progressive gay bloggers sauntered over to chat O’Keefe up, but the right-leaning muckraker shuffled off surreptitiously.

“He’s been working out,” one blogger commented. Someone asked the other blogger if he’d ever consider bedding O’Keefe.

“Not in a million years,” he said, making a prune face.

O’Keefe “shuffled off surreptitiously”? What does that mean?  Definition of surreptitious:

done, made, or acquired by stealth

It couldn’t have been that “surreptitious” if you saw him walk away, oh, I mean “shuffle” away.

And O’Keefe supposedly escaped before Weinstein could ask about probation (on a misdemeanor of entry of a premises under false premises, not phone tampering)(emphasis mine):

O’Keefe, of course, is on a court-ordered probation that runs to 2013, owing to an “investigative journalism” project involving alleged plans for phone tampering in the offices of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.); there’s no word yet on whether this trip was approved by a probation officer. O’Keefe left before I could ask him.

O’Keefe didn’t leave before you could ask anything.  Weinstein was the one who ended the conversation.

What has happened to Netroots Nation since last year?  Seems they have lost their mojo and will to fight:

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Comments

Somewhat wary perhaps but not intimidated. I saw a cordial, polite conversation with the blogger attempting to enhance his street cred by embellishing (ok, lying) about what really happened. A perfect example of “you gonna believe what you hear or your lyin eyes?”

    scooby509 in reply to surlymonk. | June 10, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    That’s what I found strange. Saw the video first and thought, “well, O’Keefe is having a polite conversation with this guy, how nice that he’s a sane, reasonable person.”

    And then the writeup starts off with a mugshot and quickly gets creepy and stalkerish, to the point where he’s asking gay guys if they would want to have sex with O’Keefe, and cementing Mojo’s status as bastion of free (liberal) speech by speculating on whether they can get him locked up for violating probation.

    BTW, let’s play compare and contrast:

    O’Keefe: someone who is totally ideologically opposed to him can have a conversation without shouting or profanity. Misdemeanor charges for tampering with phone lines during a prank. He has never, to my knowledge, attempted to suppress the free speech of anyone else.

    Brett Kimberlin: total psychopath, felony conviction for a terrorist attack that killed people, he and his confederates have been conducting “lawfare” against bloggers who point this out, he and his confederates call 9/11 to cause SWAT teams to assault bloggers and their families.

    You stole my thunder surlymonk! I was going to quote Groucho, “Who are you going to believe, me or your own eyes?”

    Not sure if libs like Weinstein are that delusional, or if they just figure their followers are.

LukeHandCool | June 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I don’t think Weinstein would make a good lawyer. It’s a bit bizarre to present evidence that refutes your own claims.

I am so sick of the coarseness of the left. There are ways to get your point across without the filthy language. Once someone starts using that kind of language, I tune out.

    LukeHandCool in reply to JoAnne. | June 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    The F-word is the definite article, the indefinite article, the preposition, and the conjunction in the Lefty language.

    Kind of like “da kine” in Hawaiian pidgin English.

    Then they like to throw in something homoerotic to show how hip and edgy they are to shock you … even though after a bazillion times … it has kind of lost the shock value it never really had in the first place. It’s just adolescent silliness, dressed up as hep-cat cool. Pathetic, really.

James was as terrified as Anne was the other day when they snapped the photo.

Reminds me of the old line with a husband caught with a floozie in bed by his wife. “Who’re you going to believe; me, or your lying eyes?”

I guess their definition of terror and mine are 180 degrees apart.

Yeah. Right. O’Keefe was definitely frightened to death and could hardly speak. He slithered away after being placed in such fear.
These netroot scum take their lead from Obama. He looks you in the eye, a la Clinton, and tells you what he wants you to hear. “The private sector is doing just fine”.
The only silver lining in this cloud is that they are crying “wolf” so much that no one with a lick of sense believes them.
Assholes all, including or especially, Obama.

It is always SOOOOOOooooooooooooooooo easy…and courageous…to ask questions sotto voce to a departing back, 1000 yards away and out of ear-shot.

What a pile of puss.

Re: Two fancy boys talking “doing” Okeefe. Niether a top , nor a bottom be. He’s strictly oral as on the service end. The prune face is the tell.

They just live in this bizarre fantasy world where they are superheroes defending freedom, liberty, and equality.

I’m not sure what this confrontational thing does for either side. I’ll probably get dissed again, but why aren’t we going in under cover pretending to be one of them, and asking questions worded to out their nonsense without cluing them in?

The desperation, it’s so pathetic. I’m actually embarrassed for the author.

“he and his consort—conservative blogger Jim Hoft”

Consort?? This Weinstein sure is in love with his own sophomorically purple prose.

listingstarboard | June 10, 2012 at 5:35 pm

I truly admire O’Keefe–he is very brave. It still hurts to see Breitbart–has there been any more news related to circumstances surrounding his death ?

Theirs is a fantasy world, from the president all the way down to these adolescents at a play date. Embarrassing.

TrooperJohnSmith | June 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm

This was a mutual respect thing face-to-face. You know, kind of like WWI fighter aces in that wary but respectful way. On the Alpha-Male Scale, Weinstein was halfway on his back to OKeefe’s locked-and-loaded wariness. (I’ll wager Weinstein in a hipster.)

When he posted, Weinstein had to pander to his audience. He reminds me of the dude that walks into the bar and proclaims he always has the last word in his house. He does, but it’s, “Yes, dear…”

They need to lose the will to yap. People wonder why there’s fighting in pro hockey. This is exactly why. The sport is better for it and the world would be a better place if we were allowed to don the gloves and go a few rounds with these turds.

It’s like little dogs growling at people who could squash them like little bugs. The growling is their fear on display.

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