Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Quote of the Day
"It's clearly a PR statement for damage control. It's clearly not true but what can you do."
-- Former, ahem, "Project Veritas" Executive Director Izzy Santa, responding to James O'Keefe's long-winded line of bullshit denying that he ever planned to get CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau aboard a boat and pretend to seduce her with champagne, fuzzy handcuffs and sex toys
The most noteworthy thing about this story isn't frat boy O'Keefe's lamebrained attempt at getting Abbie Bourdreau in an uncomfortable and compromising position on camera -- it's that he planned to feed CNN a phony scoop, then notify "friendly networks and media outlets" (read: Fox News) so that they could call the network on it. Granted, this is James O'Keefe and CNN we're talking about -- meaning that the latter thoroughly vets any potential news item it receives and would absolutely be suspicious of anything it got from a discredited prick like the former. But it does go a long way in proving how, in the current Wild West-like media landscape, there's always the possibility that the information being passed off as fact could very well be nothing but some asshole's idea of a joke.
Of course, if O'Keefe wanted to expose CNN for being dumb enough to fall for a fake news item -- taking the story to Fox might not be the best idea. Then again, maybe it would.
And it does beg the question: What if this entire thing -- the phony seduction, the turncoat producer, all of it -- has been completely engineered to produce a fake story?