Tim Pool Roasts Veritas


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Here's why it matters and why this guy is wrong.


From O'keefes wiki; " When his videos portraying ACORN workers seemingly aiding a couple in criminal planning hit the 24-hour cable news cycle, the U.S. Congress quickly voted to freeze funds for the non-profit. The national controversy resulted in the non-profit also losing most of its private funding before investigations of the videos concluded no illegal activity occurred. In March 2010, ACORN was close to bankruptcy and had to close or rename most of its offices.[9] Shortly after, the California State Attorney General's Office and the US Government Accountability Office released their related investigative reports. The Attorney General's Office found that O'Keefe had misrepresented the actions of ACORN workers in California and that the workers had not broken any laws. A preliminary probe by the GAO found that ACORN had managed its federal funds appropriately.[10][11] One of the fired ACORN workers sued O'Keefe for invasion of privacy; O'Keefe issued an apology and agreed to pay $100,000 in a settlement."


Nothing wrong with sting operations, I love those consumer advocate type shows where they catch the nanny shaking the baby or the shady mechanic pulling out functional fuses.  But if you, with deliberation, falsely impune people, and the result is to critically sabotage an organization that seeks to increase voter turn out (as with ACORN), then you are attacking democracy, the supposed cornerstone of your country.  So basically treason motivated by tribalism, but treason nontheless.  O'keefe is not a cool dude, the level he's willing to stoop to to further the cause of his tribe is bad for America.  Not the cause and not the tribe, but the lack of integrity, that's what's worrisome.  And because he does have relevance, isn't entirely impotent, the Washington Post isn't out of line in shining some light on him, though hopefully they keep it classy and stick to the facts.  Assuming this lady actually was part of another O'keefe scheme anyways. 

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