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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/22/2012

James O’Keefe confronts new allegations

O’Keefe, distracted. (Patrick Semansky - Associated Press)
Today brings a new bunch of allegations against video provocateur James O’Keefe, he of the noble-sounding Project Veritas. Some of the charges are out there, and some of them are less out there.

There’ll be no attempt in this space to abridge the stories. Find them here and here and here. Whatever the substance/flimsiness of these anti-O’Keefe tales, they’ll certainly distract the work of O’Keefe and whatever colleagues he’s holding onto at Project Veritas, an outfit that doesn’t enjoy the luxury of extracurricular nonsense. A great deal of work is required, after all, to sneak a mole into a university and catch a professor on video revealing that a former student enjoys beverages with sources. A great deal of work is required to sneak a camera into a university classroom and round up boring footage. A great deal of work is required to heavily edit surreptitious encounters with folks throughout the professional world.

Deception is hard work; let’s hope O’Keefe can put this stuff behind him and get back to it.

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