Pimping: Easier Than You'd Think
11 March, 2013 - 21:06 — Bryan Lambert
Memo to James O'Keefe: THAT'S AN EXPENSIVE WAHMBULANCE RIDE.
It is said that justice is just a means to expose greater injustice. Actually, nobody says that, because it almost never makes any goddamned sense. But in the case of James O'Keefe's legal settlement with Juan Carlos Vera, it's strangely applicable.
You remember O'Keefe, right? Blonde geeky vat-grown Republican youngling, disciple of Breitbart? The guy that pretended to dress up as a pimp and pretended to "sting" ACORN into giving Pimp O'Keefe prostitution business advice? Purveyor of the fake scandal that turned a small community organizing group whose primary goal was to register poor minorities to vote into the biggest enemy the Republican Party ever had, because THEIR primary goal was to keep poor minorities from voting.
Anyway, O'Keefe lied ACORN into oblivion. Its memory only lives in in the minds of Republicans in Congress, who continue to deny funding to the non-existent group out of ignorance, spite, or both. O'Keefe tried to parlay his... I guess he'd call it a "victory"... into a career as a right-wing "undercover journalist", but the media wised up just enough to start asking him for the unedited footage, reducing the pool of gullible suckers he could count on to the subsistence level of Greater Wingnuttia.
Anyway, one of the ACORN employees whom O'Keefe secretly taped sued O'Keefe on the grounds that it's illegal to secretly tape people in California, and also, he called the cops right after he talked to O'Keefe to report the illegal stuff O'Keefe's "pimp" was pretending to be involved in. A lawsuit O'Keefe settled, three years later, for $100,000.
And this is where we get to the injustice part. How the fuck does James O'Keefe end up with $100,000 to throw at a settlement? I mean, I know conservatives hoard money, but goddamn. O'Keefe was a third-tier wingnut when people were paying attention to him. Now he's just an Internet troll with a shitty website with a "donate" button and a claim that this hundred grand is "the cost of exposing the truth".
Which is, by the way, complete bullshit, because everyone knows what O'Keefe exposed way back when, and a $100,000 settlement three years into a lawsuit plus an admission you "weren't aware" that the guy had actually talked to the cops tells you everything you need to know about that.
But apparently O'Keefe has enough of a base of support that he can afford a six-figure payout. That's just sad. I guess some economies are doing better than others.