From the moment James O’Keefe started his investigation of ACORN — some may prefer to call it a hit job or smear but I’m willing to give the benefit of a doubt as, apparently, he got some people to say some really dumb things — people were hopping mad about them, using his videos to accuse them of all sorts of crimes.
There were calls for an independent prosecutor.
There was not, however, anyone pointing from the Right pointing out that Acorn, regardless of how guilty the might look in O’Keefe’s videos, was entitled to the presumption of innocence.
Last week, O’Keefe was arrested for attempting to tamper with the phones of Senator Mary Landrieu.
Many outlets — myself included — referred to the incident as an attempted bugging.
What I was careful to do though was point out that O’Keefe is innocent until proven guilty and that the presumption of innocence was a courtesy he never extended to his targets.
I bring it up again because last night, Andrew Breitbart, one of O’Keefe’s biggest supporters was on Fox News saying that O’Keefe was arrested as part of a payback scheme and that it’s all part of a concerted effort to make O’Keefe look bad.
And O’Keefe himself told Sean Hannity last night that he was the victim of “journalistic malpractice” and is considering suing.
A big difference between the charges against O’Keefe and the accusations against Acorn is that O’Keefe was charged with federal crimes. Acorn was accused of wrongdoing by people pursuing a political agenda.
O’Keefe and his supporters are now crying that he has railroaded and people need to wait for the charges to play out because he will be shown to be innocenet.
Well, where were they when they treated Acorn with a tenth (rough estimate) of the respect they are demanding be shown for O’Keefe?
If there goal is to obfuscate and see who can scream the loudest, they are doing a great job.
If there goal is to engage in meaningful political debate, they have fallen far short.
The thing is, they might have legitimate points but the more they scream and act like hypocrites, the less credibility they have.