James O'Keefe releases explanation of "Louisiana Watergate" teabugger stunt

James O'Keefe: Pimpin' ain't easy

James O'Keefe: Pimpin' ain't easy

James O'Keefe, one of the four mopes facing serious prison time for phone pranking a U.S. senator's office (along with local boy Joe Basel), has released a statement explaining the stupid stunt.

O'Keefe claims he was tipped that some constituents (read: Ranting Teabaggers) weren't able to get the Senator's ear, so he decided to go in and check her phones.

"On reflection, I could have used a different approach to this investigation, particularly given the sensitivities that people understandably have about security in a federal building."

Problem is, whatever his intent, the actions were much the same as a foreign enemy would use to compromise national security.

Lesson: Real life isn't Jackass.

The government has now confirmed what has always been clear:  No one tried to wiretap or bug Senator Landrieu's office.  Nor did we try to cut or shut down her phone lines.  Reports to this effect over the past 48 hours are inaccurate and false.

As an investigative journalist, my goal is to expose corruption and lack of concern for citizens by government and other institutions, as I did last year when our investigations revealed the massive corruption and fraud perpetrated by ACORN.  For decades, investigative journalists have used a variety of tactics to try to dig out and reveal the truth.

I learned from a number of sources that many of Senator Landrieu's constituents were having trouble getting through to her office to tell her that they didn't want her taking millions of federal dollars in exchange for her vote on the healthcare bill.  When asked about this, Senator Landrieu's explanation was that, "Our lines have been jammed for weeks."  I decided to investigate why a representative of the people would be out of touch with her constituents for "weeks" because her phones were broken.  In investigating this matter, we decided to visit Senator Landrieu's district office - the people's office - to ask the staff if their phones were working.

On reflection, I could have used a different approach to this investigation, particularly given the sensitivities that people understandably have about security in a federal building.  The sole intent of our investigation was to determine whether or not Senator Landrieu was purposely trying to avoid constituents who were calling to register their views to her as their Senator.  We video taped the entire visit, the government has those tapes, and I'm eager for them to be released because they refute the false claims being repeated by much of the mainstream media.

It has been amazing to witness the journalistic malpractice committed by many of the organizations covering this story.  MSNBC falsely claimed that I violated a non-existent "gag order."  The Associated Press incorrectly reported that I "broke in" to an office which is open to the public.  The Washington Post has now had to print corrections in two stories on me.  And these are just a few examples of inaccurate and false reporting.  The public will judge whether reporters who can't get their facts straight have the credibility to question my integrity as a journalist.

It's also clear from his statement that he plans to cloak himself in the noble tradition of investigative journalism. Real investigative journalists don't dress up as pimps. They don't break the law, they don't pull some kind of MacGyver shit on people's phones. They dig into public records, massage sources, and get to the truth through legal means. Next time try wearing out some shoe leather, not wearing a Halloween costume.