Conservative “journalist” James O’Keefe has reached a settlement with one of the people he smeared in the notoriously edited ACORN videos.
James O’Keefe—the blonde bombshell who set the conservative world of hidden-camera YouTube movies ablaze—has just agreed to a $100,000 settlement to calm down the unjustly fired (and weirdly litigious about it) ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera…
According to the final 5-page agreement, signed by O’Keefe and his legal counsel Mike Madigan this past Tuesday, the boy detective now publicly “regrets any pain suffered by Mr. Vera or his family.” O’Keefe and his counsel have also consented to fork over the $100,000 within 30 business days of the settlement agreement’s being signed.
The settlement should put to rest any lingering doubts about the validity of the ACORN tapes as the other participant, Hannah Giles, has also paid for her sins. And of course this isn’t the first time O’Keefe has broken the law to further his “journalism.”
With Andrew Breitbart dead and O’Keefe further discredited there does not seem to be much left from glory days of conservative media activism especially as the tapes of President Obama that Breitbart promised would do damage fell flat. Ironically, Mitt Romney would be the one taken down a peg by a hidden video.
This is perhaps the beginning of the end for this particularly virulent strain of conservatism. With demographic changes and a country increasingly waking from the American Dream (though often begrudgingly) the audience for reactionary racial dog-whistle hit pieces is shrinking. Nothing is reaffirmed by conservative media anymore, it’s just a primal scream against the forces of change which can’t hear them anyway. So Good Night and Good Luck.