After a brief hiatus due to his brush with felony charges, right-wing smear artist James O’Keefe has returned with a new campaign targeting Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). With the backing of right-wing media mogul Andrew Breitbart, O’Keefe has made a name for himself as a capable hoaxer, creating misleadingly-edited videos of his undercover investigations into ACORN, which led to the group’s demise. ACORN was eventually vindicated on all charges, after officials discovered that O’Keefe and his compatriots edited the videos “to meet their agenda,” as the Brooklyn DA said.
Despite his dubious ethics — he pled guilty in May to entering federal property under false pretenses — O’Keefe maintains that he is a legitimate journalist. And in a recent speech at Mount St. Mary’s University, O’Keefe tried to vouch for the morality of his work, but unwittingly undermined his point:
O’KEEFE: I can’t get to the point where they finally admit to me that I’ve gone too far. And then they say that this is immoral. How is this immoral? Beloch has said that salaried — shouldn’t public servants should be perpetually watched, be kept under control, be suspicious? I think this is the nadir of morality. I think this is the most moral thing you could possibly do.
O’Keefe also recently launched Project Veritas, which will provide “research, filming and production” for his smear campaigns. Apparently, O’Keefe is expecting to have his ethics challenged in court once again as, “Another important aspect of Project Veritas is the free, legal assistance for when and if Veritas journalists’ hard-hitting stories land them in court.”