In the Nadia Naffe opus on her being held by right-wing sting clown James O’Keefe, she explains that one of the reasons she worked with the cartoon pimp was to set up an New York University professor named Charles Seife for alleged liberal biases.
Charles Seife isn’t well known. He doesn’t appear to have an abundance of influence over the political process. So why was O’Keefe after him?
Because Seife caught O’Keefe breaking the law … again.
O’Keefe was running a non-profit called Project Veritas (veritas is truth in Latin). Only, that was a lie. It wasn’t a non-profit because papers were never filed. Here are the details from Seife:
Project Veritas was not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and donations were, as a result, not tax-deductible. James O’Keefe had apparently committed an illegal act that could have caused donors unwittingly to make false claims on their taxes.
I finally had my answer. James O’Keefe was apparently breaking the law. So did I contact my friends in the liberal elite press establishment to try to make it a huge story? I could have gone to Romenesko, or sent it to my colleagues on major papers around the country. But I didn’t.
For me, what O’Keefe had done wasn’t a major story. Boil it down and O’Keefe’s violation was pretty technical and easily correctible — once I got his attention, he quickly altered his website to remove the claim of nonprofit status — and, in my view, it would be petty to go after him because of it. O’Keefe was in the public eye because of his unethical (and occasionally illegal) surveillance of his enemies. A misleading phrase or two on his website, as dishonest as they might be, seemed to me to be small potatoes — and irrelevant to the much more substantial discussion about O’Keefe’s tactics.
Rather than make a big deal of it, I did a quick tweet to let my small handful of followers know the denouement to the saga — I had a few who had asked for updates — and I promptly forgot about the matter.
Apparently, O’Keefe didn’t.
So O’Keefe is a panty-stealing liar, stalker and criminal. And the American media fell for his NPR and Acorn stings that damaged institutions performing important public services.
Way to go, guys.