In The Cinema, the edit is a delicate dance. A nonlinear two-step with the time/space continuum, fueled by vision, culminating in self-revelation. "THAT," the editor says at last, "is what played out in my mind. Now my fever dream belongs to the world."
James O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart are lousy human beings. Their misanthropic, race-baiting fantasies, when writ large on the screen, are an ugly mirror image of humanity's darkest side. Where some people might use the tools of the motion picture industry to create art, they use them to hurt the poor, minorities, and boons to society.
To sum up: The Jerks of the world have learned to use iMovie.*
So, what a rush. What a feeling. To see that James O'Keefe is begging for money.** It's sweet on so many levels. It suggests that while Tea Party-types embrace all sorts of incoherent political narratives, even they have some standards for basic competence. Often working in concert with Breitbart and this super-awesome moral genius, the cheap cons O'Keefe perpetrates are self-imploding--once someone learns you edit like the creepy, soulless, self-entitled fraud your work reveals you to be, credibility is out the window and you're cold-calling for cash.***
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
*NOTE TO JOHN AMATO: Hi, John! Just wanted to let you know that if, Huffpo-style, you feel the need to sanction me for these clearly ad hominem attacks, I do understand. Please know it's not just petty name-calling--it's from the bottom of my heart. I really, really think James O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart are crap-ass examples of our species. Also: they suck eggs.
**Fifty-thousand per video? FIFTY-THOUSAND PER VIDEO? Have you SEEN his videos?
***Seriously. FIFTY-THOUSAND DOLLARS PER VID? For THAT? What's his biggest production expense, the drunken gibbon who holds the camera or the Klansman who does the edit? Whatevs, man.