Wingnut Welfare Will Probably Pay James O'Keefe's Settlement

James O'Keefe shamelessly smears those he doesn't agree with, then settles their lawsuits with a nod and a grin to the truth. Now he's writing a book.

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Oh, I know I can't wait to have James O'Keefe uncover the truth about something. Anything at all would be a refreshing change, since O'Keefe doesn't seem to recognize the truth when it comes and smacks him on the butt, to the tune of $100,000.

No, it's just another opportunity for some wingnut welfare appeals. One of the best known ways wingnuts support their own is to give them a bogus book contract which then gets published through Regnery with a nice little advance to the wingnut of choice and a gamed place on various bestseller lists.

O'Keefe released a statement about his settlement with Juan Carlos Vera making it abundantly clear he has no regrets at all:

“There comes a time when the cost to defend yourself against meritless accusations becomes so burdensome financially and personally, it is simply too great. The settlement admits no liability and there is no benefit from extending this ridiculous lawsuit.

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Sadly, this is the cost of exposing the truth. That’s why so few people do it. There are liability issues inherent in undercover journalism. But let me be clear, this lawsuit had nothing to do with editing or misrepresentation. It was an action under the California Invasion of Privacy Act. The anti-recording statute under which the suit was brought is unconstitutional, overbroad, and gives the police and other public officials too much power.

“As President of Project Veritas and undertaking 5 current investigations, my time and resources are better served in working toward our mission of exposing waste, fraud, and abuse then defending myself against lies. I will not be deterred from investigating and exposing corruption. Now more than ever, America is in need of a more ethical and transparent society.”

Never-heard before details surrounding this case and much more will be revealed in a book by James O'Keefe to be released in June 2013.

I'm sure Nadia Naffe would like James O'Keefe to tell all, starting with his little stunt at the farmhouse, and his efforts to frame reputable journalism professors.

NPR would appreciate the truth about how he punked them, too. Along with ACORN, of course.

It's nice that O'Keefe had to settle his lawsuit with fired ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera, but he managed to do it without ever admitting the truth. In the settlement agreement, O'Keefe "regrets any pain suffered by Vera or his family." Sure he regrets it. So much he called it a "meritless lawsuit." Some regret there.

Yeah, being made out to be a sex trafficker does tend to cause pain. So does losing your job for doing the right thing. But being a wingnut means never having to say you're sorry.

You know what makes me sorry? Thinking how many trees will die as a sacrifice to O'Keefe's wingnut-welfare book, provided by the high-class grifters of the right wing.

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