James Edward O’Keefe III is an American conservative political activist and provocateur. He produces secretly recorded audio and video encounters in academic, governmental, and social service organizations. He has selectively edited videos to misrepresent the context of the conversations and the subjects’ responses.
About James O’Keefe in brief
James Edward O’Keefe III is an American conservative political activist and provocateur. He produces secretly recorded audio and video encounters in academic, governmental, and social service organizations. He has selectively edited videos to misrepresent the context of the conversations and the subjects’ responses, creating the false impression that people said or did things they did not. O’Keefe gained national attention for his selectively edited video recordings of workers at Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now offices in 2009. In 2010, his arrest and guilty plea in 2010 for entering the federal office of then-U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu under false pretenses, and the release of misleading videos of conversations with two high-ranking, now former, NPR executives in 2011. He sought to maximize publicity by releasing secretly recorded videos over several days or months, often in relation to funding authorizations or actions related to political authorizations. Many videos received widespread media coverage sparking significant reactions, most notably the resignation of National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller before her resignation was announced. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he wrote a bi-weekly opinion column for The Daily Targum, the university’s student paper. In 2009, Andrew Breitbart commissioned him for the option to publish new videos exclusively on BigGovernment. com. In June 2010, he formed a 501 organization, Project Veritas, to produce secretly recorded and misleadingly edited videos and audio files. His work takes the form of undercover stings targeted at liberal entities or targets, such as ACORN, NPR, and other targets, he sought to embarrass and damage his targets.
He also sought to damage ACORN’s nonprofit status by trying to influence legislation to influence the group’s targeted entities or targeted targets. His videos resulted in Congress freezing funds, two executive agencies canceling contracts, and several ACORN workers being fired, which resulted in the videos being fired and severalACORN workers and several Congressional employees being fired. He gained support from right-wing and conservative media and interest groups. He attained Eagle Scout, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. He graduated from Westwood, New Jersey, where he showed an early interest in the arts, theater and journalism. He intended to have officials lose either way: to appear insensitive to an ethnic group, or to look silly by agreeing to ban Lucky Charms. For his first video, he and other Centurion writers met with Rutgers dining staff to demand the banning of the cereal LuckyCharms from dining halls because of its offense to Irish Americans. He expected to be thrown out of school, but the Rutgers official was courteous, took notes, and said their concerns would be considered. After graduating from Rutgers, he worked for a year at the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia, under media specialist Ben Wetmore, The institute sent him to train students to start conservative independent newspapers, but, after a year LI officials asked him to leave. After a year he was asked to leave because officials felt his activist work threatened the group’s nonprofit status.