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ACORN foe tweeted about planned sting of Sen. Landrieu's office

James O'Keefe, left, and Stan Dai, are accused of aiding two men in the alleged phone tampering scheme and face up to 10 years in prison.
James O'Keefe, left, and Stan Dai, are accused of aiding two men in the alleged phone tampering scheme and face up to 10 years in prison. (Patrick Semansky/Associated Press)

Andrew Breitbart, host of the conservative BigGovernment.com Web site, which helped publicize O'Keefe's ACORN videos, said he had no involvement in the Landrieu office event. But he said mainstream journalists are trying to unfairly convict O'Keefe.

"And basic logic suggests that there's much more to this story, since there is so little information," he wrote on his site.

O'Keefe and fellow activist Hannah Giles gained prominence after secretly videotaping several of ACORN's regional offices. Posing as a pimp and a prostitute, the two created videos showing ACORN staff members appearing to offer them help with concealing their purported prostitution business.

The videos led Congress in September to recommend banning all federal funding for ACORN, which accused O'Keefe of doctoring some of the videos to make the organization look worse.

Michelle Malkin, a conservative pundit and syndicated columnist, wrote late Tuesday that exposing wrongdoing is not an excuse to break the law and that O'Keefe's alleged actions should be taken seriously.

"Let it be a lesson to aspiring young conservatives interested in investigative journalism: Know your limits. Know the law," she wrote. "Don't get carried away. And don't become what you are targeting."

Rick Moran, a Blog Talk Radio host, called O'Keefe "a glory hound."

Garrison Jordan, attorney for one of the faux repairmen, Robert Flanagan, said his client did not think he was doing anything illegal.

"It was obviously a big mistake on his part," Jordan said. "He just got caught up in a stupid stunt."

According to a source familiar with the case, Flanagan met O'Keefe last week when O'Keefe arrived to speak at the Pelican Institute, a libertarian think tank where Flanagan wrote a blog. In recent weeks, Flanagan had criticized Landrieu's position on health-care reform. His father is acting U.S. attorney in Shreveport, La.

The top of O'Keefe's Twitter page offers his forecast of how this case will end:

"I am a journalist. The truth shall set me free."

Staff writer Garance Franke-Ruta and research editor Alice Crites contributed to this report.


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