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    Introducing Your Acorn/Landrieu "Investigators".

    James O'Keefe's Race Problem
    By Max Blumenthal

    Many of the conservatives who gleefully promoted James
    O'Keefe's past political stunts are feigning shock at
    his arrest on charges that he and three associates
    planned to tamper with Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's
    phone lines. Once upon a time, right-wing pundits hailed
    the 25-year-old O'Keefe as a creative genius and model
    of journalistic ethics. Andrew Breitbart, who has paid
    O'Keefe, called him was one of the all-time "great
    journalists" and said he deserved a Pulitzer for his
    undercover ACORN video. Fox News' Bill O'Reilly declared
    he should have earned a "congressional medal."

    His right-wing admirers don't seem to mind that
    O'Keefe's short but storied career has been defined by a
    series of political stunts shot through with racial
    resentment. Now an activist organization that monitors
    hate groups has produced a photo of O'Keefe at a 2006
    conference on "Race and Conservatism" that featured
    leading white nationalists. The photo, first published
    Jan. 30 on the Web site of the anti-racism group One
    People's Project, shows O'Keefe at the gathering, which
    was so controversial even the ultra-right Leadership
    Institute, which employed O'Keefe at the time, withdrew
    its backing. But O'Keefe and fellow young conservative
    provocateur Marcus Epstein soldiered on to give anti-
    Semites, professional racists and proponents of Aryanism
    an opportunity to share their grievances and plans to
    make inroads in the GOP.

    According to One Peoples Project founder Daryle Jenkins,
    O'Keefe was manning the literature table at the
    gathering that brought together anti-Semites,
    professional racists and proponents of Aryanism. OPP
    covered the event at the time, sending a freelance
    photographer to document the gathering. Jenkins told me
    the table was filled with tracts from the white
    supremacist right, including two pseudo-academic
    publications that have called blacks and Latinos
    genetically inferior to whites: American Renaissance and
    the Occidental Quarterly. The leading speaker was Jared
    Taylor, founder of the white nationalist group American
    Renaissance. "We can say for certain that James O'Keefe
    was at the 2006 meeting with Jared Taylor. He has
    absolutely no way of denying that," Jenkins said.
    O'Keefe's attorney did not respond to a request for
    comment on his client's role in the conference.

    O'Keefe's racial issues can be seen in many of his prior
    stunts, of course. The notorious ACORN videos
    highlighted images of himself dressed as a pimp,
    deceptively edited through hidden camera footage as he
    baited African-American office workers into making
    statements that could be perceived as incriminating.
    There were also lesser-known but equally inflammatory
    spectacles like the "affirmative action bake sale"
    O'Keefe and his conservative comrades held when they
    were students at Rutgers University. During the event,
    O'Keefe stood at a table in the center of campus
    offering baked goods at reduced prices to Latinos and
    African-Americans while whites were forced to pay
    exorbitant amounts. (Native Americans, he announced,
    would eat free.)

    By O'Keefe's own account, his racial troubles became
    acute when he entered the multicultural atmosphere of
    Rutgers University's dormitory system. In an online
    diary that has since been scrubbed from the Web (but not
    before being captured on Daily Kos), he wrote that he
    was forced to live on an all-black dormitory floor after
    refusing to live with the gay roommate he was initially
    assigned. O'Keefe claimed his next roommate was "an
    Indian midget ... who smelled like shit." The roommate
    left, however, and was replaced by "a greek kid." The
    new roommate complained to a residential administrator
    that O'Keefe had called his neighbors "niggers,"
    prompting the school to expel him from the dorm. He
    rejected the accusation as a "complete lie," writing, "I
    was lead out of the room crying and screaming at him and
    my situation, no friends, no one one [sic] to talk to,
    forced to go in front of a black man, Dean Tolbert, to
    defend myself and help explain that I did not call
    anyone any names."

    The following year, despite this record, O'Keefe secured
    a dream job in the conservative movement, employed by
    the Leadership Institute, a Northern Virginia-based
    outfit that serves as the movement's most prolific youth
    training operation. There, O'Keefe met Marcus Epstein, a
    fellow ideologue who as editor of a conservative
    publication at the College of William and Mary assailed
    Martin Luther King Jr. for "philandering and plagiarism"
    and challenged his patriotism and Christianity.

    Together, O'Keefe and Epstein planned an event in August
    2006 that would wed their extreme views on race with
    their ambitions. Epstein invited white nationalist
    Jared Taylor and homophobic white-grievance peddler
    John Derbyshire of the National Review to speak at the
    Leadership Institute's Northern Virginia headquarters,
    at a mock symposium called "Race and Conservatism."

    According to a post on the white supremacist Web site
    Stormfront, Taylor and Derbyshire debate "the role of
    race in policy decisions and the racial future of the
    Republican party."

    When the Southern Poverty Law Center denounced Taylor's
    participation in the event, sparking damaging publicity
    for the Institute, Epstein shifted it across the street,
    where he played host under the auspices of a
    "traditionalist" group he founded called the Robert A.
    Taft Club. O'Keefe joined him after the last-minute
    move. A speaker from the right-wing black front group
    Project 21, founded by white conservative James Almasi
    to shill for corporate clients and provide cover for
    conservative politicians, was added at the last minute.

    According to One People's Project, which dispatched an
    undercover reporter to the event, about 40 people
    attended the event, including several white
    supremacists. They included Willis Carto, founder of the
    far-right group the Liberty Lobby. A notorious Holocaust
    denier, Carto once declared, "Hitler's defeat was the
    defeat of Europe. And of America ... The blame, it
    seems, must be laid at the door of the international
    Jews." Also in attendance was Michael Hart, a Jewish
    astrophysicist and advocate of racially partitioning the
    U.S., who once clashed with David Duke at a conference
    over the Ku Klux Klan leader's anti-Semitism.

    The event's headline speaker, Jared Taylor, is the
    publisher of one of the white supremacist movement's
    foremost journals, American Renaissance, which seeks to
    apply an academic gloss to the racialist screeds
    contained on its pages. According to a report on the
    conference published in Taylor's magazine, Taylor argued
    that a taboo against discussing the alleged criminal
    behavior and lower intelligence of blacks and Latinos
    twisted political discourse, and he advocated a strong
    white nationalism to counter it. Derbyshire denounced
    "this whole rickety apparatus of affirmative action,
    discrimination lawsuits, corporate shakedowns, profiling
    protests and 'speech codes.'" But the National Review
    editor expressed doubt that a sufficiently large white
    nationalist movement could be mustered to do much about
    it.

    Epstein and O'Keefe moved on from the "Race and
    Conservatism" conference to better things. After
    graduating from the Leadership Institute, Epstein held
    jobs as executive director of both former Republican
    Rep. Tom Tancredo's Team America PAC and Pat Buchanan's
    American Cause. He also started a group called Youth for
    Western Civilization that dedicated itself to "defending
    the West on campus." An essay featured on the group's
    Web site complaining that "largely Jewish intellectual
    elites have utterly transformed American social and
    political discourse" suggested that Epstein's outfit was
    only his latest attempt to push white nationalism and
    anti-Semitism into the conservative mainstream.

    Epstein's career unraveled in June 2009, when a violent
    racial assault he committed two years earlier was
    disclosed. According to a court affidavit, Epstein had
    karate-chopped a random African-American woman in the
    face and called her a "nigger" during a drunken late-
    night romp bar-hopping on Washington's M Street in 2007,
    leading to his arrest by an off-duty Secret Service
    agent. He signed a plea bargain requiring him to attend
    alcohol rehabilitation courses and donate $1,000 to the
    United Negro College Fund as a token of his contrition.

    Meanwhile, O'Keefe lost his job at the Leadership
    Institute in 2008 for a prank call he made to an Ohio-
    based Planned Parenthood clinic. During the call,
    O'Keefe offered a donation to the clinic on the
    condition that it would be earmarked to pay for aborting
    African-American fetuses. "Because there's definitely
    way too many black people in Ohio," O'Keefe remarked to
    the receptionist. "So, I'm just trying to do my part."

    O'Keefe's termination by the Leadership Institute hardly
    ended his career as a conservative activist. Right-wing
    online publicist Andrew Breitbart, hearing of the merry
    prankster's exploits, hired him to carry out the ACORN
    operation that would make him famous. Since his arrest,
    however, some of O'Keefe's former associates are
    scrambling to save face. "I am shocked by the reports of
    this behavior," declared O'Keefe's collaborator on the
    ACORN operation, Hannah Giles. (Giles had tarted up as a
    prostitute for the stunt.)

    O'Keefe has now hired a defense attorney and is waging a
    high publicity battle against charges that could land
    him in prison for nearly a year. Some of his old allies,
    like Breitbart, remain in his corner. Fox News' Sean
    Hannity hosted O'Keefe for a sympathetic sitdown Feb. 1,
    where the young right-winger played victim, claiming he
    was being persecuted by "flat-out slandering" and
    "journalistic malpractice."
    Last edited by Atypical; 02-10-2010 at 04:16 PM.

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    More About Those "Journalist" Guys From Hatesville!

    O'Keefe Contradicts Breitbart, A Source Details O'Keefe's Role In White Supremacist Confab/Max Blumenthal

    Previously I reported that right-wing prankster James O'Keefe attended a white nationalist gathering in
    2006 that featured speakers known for the racist ideology they have proudly espoused: Jared Taylor and John Derbyshire. I called O'Keefe's lawyer for a comment but neither he nor O'Keefe would respond. O'Keefe has subsequently admitted that he participated in the event. According to an otherwise fact-challenged post on Breitbart, the website that has paid O'Keefe, O'Keefe said that he "attended the event with many of his Leadership Institute co-workers since it was right across the street from their building in Arlington, Va.,
    and it was organized by other LI associates."

    In fact, a photographer who covered the event told me O'Keefe was helping its chief organizer, Marcus Epstein, and was not an innocent bystander, as he has claimed. But more on that later. First, O'Keefe vs. BreitbartŠ
    Andrew Breitbart, who has paid O'Keefe and attempted to defend him by calling my reporting "FALSE," has
    been undermined by O'Keefe himself. O'Keefe concedes my report was true - he was at the event. Breitbart has therefore been contradicted by O'Keefe.

    Meanwhile, the apologia Breitbart has commissioned Larry O'Connor to write in defense of O'Keefe is riddled with falsehoods, including that I never called O'Keefe for a comment. In fact, I left a message for his lawyer, Mike Madigan, and heard nothing back - I reported this fact but O'Connor chose to overlook it.

    O'Connor also wrongly reported that the event was held at Georgetown University. In fact, it was held on the campus of George Mason University. O'Connor went on to defend Marcus Epstein against charges of racism
    - another lie. Epstein has been a racist and professional immigrant basher who physically attacked a random black woman he called a "nigger;" who assailed Martin Luther King Jr. as unpatriotic, and who wrote this
    on VDare, which happens to be a nativist outfit the Southern Poverty Law Center describes as a hate site:

    "Diversity can be good in moderation - if what is being brought in is desirable," Epstein wrote in one VDARE.com essay. "Most Americans don't mind a little ethnic food, some Asian math whizzes, or a few Mariachi dancers - as long as these trends do not overwhelm the dominant culture."

    O'Connor went on to call Jared Taylor "controversial." So an avowed white nationalist who argues in virtually every public appearance he makes that blacks and Latinos are genetically inferior, is merely "controversial?" Was John Derbyshire, another VDare contributor, "controversial" as well? That's the Derbyshire who warned that Obama would shut down federal funding of biology because the science supposedly proved whites were genetically superior. (More here). Between O'Keefe, Derbyshire and Taylor, it's hard to find a racist that Breitbart and his minions won't defend.

    I just spoke to Isis, an independent photographer who covered the event, and who frequently reports on extreme right-wing gatherings in the Washington area. Isis told me she saw O'Keefe seated at a literature table filled with racist tracts (see photograph of table above), and that O'Keefe was actively engaged in the organization of the event (which was promoted on the neo-Nazi chat site Stormfront).

    "I saw O'Keefe seated at the literature table," Isis told me. "He was there and he was supporting the event. It looked like Luke Pelican [my note: Pelican has been a member of the racist hate group MSU YAF] and O'Keefe were helping Marcus Epstein with everything. They were clearly part of his little posse."

    Isis observed that the audience treated Kevin Martin, a black conservative speaker added at the last moment to provide cover for Taylor and Derbyshire, with palpable hostility. "So many of the people in that event were like [racial separatist] Michael Hart; they were the Jared Taylor crowd. And when Kevin Martin was trying to speak you could sense the hostility. Besides, how you are going to have a fair debate with two white supremacists and one black conservative who didn't even know what he was getting into?"

    Isis said she had a long conversation with Martin after the event. "He was not happy at all. He said Epstein told him to dress down and dress casual. And the other two speakers were in suits, looking like two professional white guys and poor Kevin, he was totally set up. Jared Taylor spent the whole time talking about statistics about racial differences and how blacks were less intelligent. He said it in front of Kevin,who was freaked out."
    "I'd like to know if Leadership was supporting the Robert Taft Club because all the Leadership interns were all there like a little posse helping Marcus out with his club," Isis added.

    Lady Liberty's Lamp has more.

    Now, here is a question Breitbart: Why are you paying and defending a racist?

    And for O'Keefe: Since you are publicly discussing your participation in the Robert Taft event with Jared Taylor, John Derbyshire, and Marcus Epstein, can you explain why were you there? And why didn't you leave when you heard Taylor insist blacks were genetically inferior, or when racist literature was offered for sale on the literature table? Or did you place it there?

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    It just keeps getting worse and worse for these Conservatives.

    Everybody has a right in our Country to say and think anything that they want to. If O'keefe wants to hate certain people because of the race they are, that is fine, that is his right as an American. But, for the Conservative movement to hold O'keefe up as some kind of hero is just sickening to me. There are many fine and upstanding Conservative citizens in America. This guy is not one of them!

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    Relative to part one, there seems to be some question now as to whether O'Keefe was an organizer of this event or merely attended.

    Further updates will be made when known.
    Last edited by Atypical; 02-10-2010 at 04:20 PM.

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