Christian Hartsock
Why didn't the FBI arrest James O'Keefe for sex trafficking?
By Christian Hartsock
May 29, 2010

Jersey City pimp Allen E. Brown was recently sentenced to 18 years in federal prison for trafficking underaged prostitutes. Perhaps he would have gotten off had he simply claimed in court that he wasn't dressed as a pimp when operating his prostitution ring.

For the past nine months, Media Matters for America has obsessively defended ACORN's video-verified role in helping James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles set up a brothel for pubsescent sex slaves on the basis that James was not dressed as a pimp and that Hannah was not dressed as a prostitute — as she was in my creative b-roll portion of the videos — when entering the offices.

Despite the audio-recorded conversations in which Hannah was indisputably introduced as a prostitute requesting ACORN's assistance in building a brothel, in which almost all ACORN workers approached offered their assistance — in Media Matters' eyes, the wardrobe factor automatically rendered the damning investigation a "practical joke" and a "hoax."

But while they laughed at the apparently trivial reality of a taxpayer-funded organization enabling underaged sex slavery, when O'Keefe set up in New Orleans what was actually intended as a practical joke to be taped and put up on YouTube as a minor radar-blip project to punctuate his more serious investigations — the left was not laughing.

After Senator Mary Landrieu's constituents raised suspicion that the senator was deliberately ignoring their calls in the midst of her sketch Louisiana Purchase as her office claimed the phone systems were "jammed," James and three colleagues sought to verify the alleged condition of the phones via the staffers' reactions to their friendly offer of assistance.

James is not the first to employ comedic patronizing of powerful individuals for political satire. Upon learning that most Republican legislators who passed the Patriot Act hadn't read the legislation, Michael Moore decided to give them a friendly hand by driving around the Capitol with a megaphone reading the bill to them.

But don't hold it past powerful liberals who squirm, kick and scream like second-graders on a playground when they find themselves the possible targets of a completely harmless, light-humored, well-intentioned prank.

When Clinton administration staffers illegally and egregiously trashed, vandalized, burglarized and destroyed White House property in the days leading up to the Bush administration's move-in, President Bush sportingly refused any investigation or charges, dismissing them as "a prank or two...a cartoon on the wall, but that's okay."

When evil trolls egged Sarah Palin at her recent Boston Tea Party appearance and got caught, the stoic, cheerful, good-hearted Tea Party Express leader Sal Russo figured them for some naive kids who were probably at least smart enough to learn their lesson this time, asked the police to let them go and refused to press any charges.

But demonstrating a) the left's utter lack of any sense of humor, b) their wide-eyed inability to get a joke, or c) their fuming, inferiority-complex-ridden insecurities when it comes to being the butt of a joke — James was swiftly arrested by U.S. Marshals, charged with a felony carrying up to 10 years in prison, and subjected to a political prosecution and months-long circus trial. Furthermore, on top of lying about "illegal wiretapping," the left screamed that it was "Watergate, Jr.," an act of terrorism, a felony, a serious federal crime deserving of ten years' imprisonment.

So if James O'Keefe, Joe Basil, Stan Dai and Michael Flanagan were arrested for "interfering with the senator's phones" — something that was never committed, but was merely a suggested intent as part of the act — why has James not been prosecuted for his suggested intent of trafficking underage prostitutes from El Salvador?

Ah, yes, of course — because he was not dressed as a pimp when entering the ACORN offices, while on the other hand his colleagues were in fact dressed as telephone repairmen when entering Sen. Landrieu's office. And as Judge Daniel Knowles III admonished, such behavior was "nefarious" and "potentially dangerous" — thus compelling any Trick-or-Treaters in Village People costumes to reconsider passing by way of Hale Boggs in downtown New Orleans this Halloween.

Alongside Keith Olbermann, David Shuster, Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews of the maligning, gossiping MSNBC sewing circle, Media Matters for America was the loudest in its defamation blitzkrieg against James. Media Matters senior fellow Eric Boehlert huffed and puffed at James and his "media defenders" of "downplaying and even mocking the charge and the crime," having "advertised their contempt for the law" by trvializing "entering a federal building under false pretenses."

The left's squeamish, meth-addict-like paranoid portrayal of James O'Keefe as a dangerous criminal, the Tea Partiers and conservative town hall meeting attendees as an angry mob prone to violence, is all designed to cast themselves as the victims, not allowing any actual acts or threats of violence against conservative politicians in recent months to disrupt their narrative.

Case in point:

Number of Media Matters stories slamming O'Keefe and his "potentially dangerous acts" in Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu's office: 58.

Number of Media Matters stories on Norman Leboun, the suspect accused of firing gunshots into Republican Congressman Eric Cantor's office: 0.

As a matter of fact, the only Media Matters stories written about the shots that were fired into Cantor's office this past March were titled: "So What Will Right-Wing Bloggers Say About Cantor's 'Self-Victimization'?" (March 26) and "What if Fox News Actually Wants Mob Violence?" (March 30) — both of which were written by none other than Eric Boehlert.

Like all of his colleagues on the Media Matters for America staff, Eric Boehlert is a clown. But then, of course, in his defense, we have have yet to find proof that he dresses as a clown when writing his editorials.

© Christian Hartsock


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