This Right-Wing Scam Artist Just Accidentally Told The World What A Total Fraud He Is


Remember James O’Keefe? It’s ok if you don’t. He’s the conservative dirty trickster (he calls himself a “journalist”) whose deceptive video led to the demise of ACORN, and made him a darling at Fox News. He’s been fighting to stay relevant ever since he was busted trying to bug the phone of then Senator Mary Landrieu in 2010. Little Jimmy has never been one of the sharpest knives in the drawer, and the latest incident involving him proves it.

O’Keefe, like many conservatives, has a thing about billionaire Democratic donor George Soros. He recently concocted a plan to run a “sting” operation on Soros that sounds like something right out of a Cohen Brothers movie. How do we know about this plan, you ask? O’Keefe himself accidentally told us all about it, and in the process revealed what a total fraud (and complete idiot) he is.

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Jane Mayer writes about the incident in the May 30 issue of The New Yorker. On March 16, Dana Geraghty, an employee at the Soros-funded Open Society Foundations in New York City, received a voicemail from a man who identified himself as “Victor Kesh.” Geraghty told Mayer that the message went something like this:

Hey, Dana. My name is, uh, Victor Kesh. I’m a Hungarian-American who represents a, uh, foundation . . . that would like to get involved with you and aid what you do in fighting for, um, European values.

Geraghty said she was immediately suspicious. “Who says they’re with a foundation without saying which one?” she observed. “He sounded scattered. And, usually, people call to get funding, not to offer it.” She continued to listen and heard a click, followed by a man telling someone to be quiet until he hung up the phone.

What came next were the details of a plan to infiltrate organizations funded by George Soros. The purpose was never made clear, but it appears that O’Keefe and his flunkies intended to gain access to some of the groups that would be funding this year’s Democratic campaigns, and try to find embarrassing information on them. The voice on the recording said that the name he had given to his plot was “Discover the Networks.”

Things really got laughable when the plotters decided to visit Geraghty’s LinkedIn page in order to get more information about her. They were apparently looking for something they could use to gain access to what one called the Soros “octopus.” LinkedIn allows users to see who has viewed their profile, but apparently this didn’t dawn on Kesh/O’Keefe. One of the voices can be heard advising him to “log off!” The group then tried to convince themselves that it was no big deal, because nobody ever checks their LinkedIn page anyway.

Geraghty forwarded the voicemail to Open Society Foundations president Chris Stone, who gave Mayer this take on it.

The Watergate burglars look good compared to these guys. These guys can’t even figure out how to use an Internet browser, let alone conduct an undercover operation. You read the transcript and you can’t help but laugh. But the issues here aren’t funny. There’s some kind of dirty-tricks operation in play against us.

This incident has produced some mockery of O’Keefe on Twitter.

And the culprit himself decided to come clean about it.

Nice attempt at ass-covering, Jimmy. But you weren’t “conducting an investigation.” You were intending to trap people into saying things that you could edit in a way that could be used against them. You’re not a journalist, you’re a fraud. Stop pretending otherwise.

The bad news is that the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that Hillary Clinton mentioned over 20 years ago is alive and well. The good news is that if little Jimmy O’Keefe is at the forefront of conservative efforts to smear Democrats and their donors, we may not have much to fear.


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