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Erik Wemple
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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 10/27/2011

O’Keefe wrong about Shirky

The opening frame of James O’Keefe’s latest clandy video introduces web guru Clay Shirky as an “NYT consultant.”

There’s a reason why O’Keefe and his Project Veritas wants to connect Shirky to the New York Times. It’s because Shirky says a bunch of things that O’Keefe believes will outrage regular Americans. Like this:

So we are all in this room insiders. We are the most elite — us Chardonnay-swilling news junkies. . . . Elites are perfectly comfortable with there being information about how they make their decisions and what their biases are, as along as that only circulates among other elites.

He also rants about how Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is “unelectable. crazy things come out of her mouth.”

Such content really hits home if Shirky is getting paid by the New York Times to help them with whatever it is that a consultant does.

Trouble with that whole narrative is this statement from New York Times spokesperson Eileen Murphy:

Clay Shirky is not now and has never been a consultant to The New York Times.

It’s unclear what evidence O’Keefe and Project Veritas is using to call Shirky a consultant to the Times. But if a correction is in order, the video impresario should also correct the guru’s name spelling. It’s not “Shirkey.”

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