Fake pimp from ACORN videos tries to 'punk' CNN correspondent

Discussion in 'Politics' started by hermit, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. It's hard to even know where to start with this one: James O'Keefe, the conservative filmmaker whose undercover videos essentially destroyed community organizing group ACORN, apparently attempted to lure CNN Correspondent Abbie Boudreau onto a boat potentially strewn with dildos and pornography, where he planned to faux-seduce her as hidden cameras filmed the whole thing.

    Yes, you read that right.

    CNN lays out the story here, and Boudreau herself explains what happened in the video below. Here's what happened: CNN had been working on a documentary about young conservative activists, O'Keefe among them; On August 10th, O'Keefe requested a private meeting with Boudreau, suggesting that he just wanted to talk because he was uncomfortable "about letting people into my sort of inner sanctum."

    O'Keefe recorded the call without telling Boudreau, and emailed it to friends and colleagues. (It ultimately ended up in CNN's hands.) In the email, he said he was "getting closer" to getting to Boudreau and asked one colleague if "you think I could get her on the boat." Boudreau said later she had understood that she would be meeting with O'Keefe in his office.

    When Boudreau showed up for the meeting in Maryland a week later, she was met by Izzy Santa, the executive director of O'Keefe's group, Project Veritas. A visibly nervous Santa asked to speak to Boudreau in the CNN correspondent's rented car, where Santa revealed that O'Keefe was attempting to set her up.

    And what a setup it was. "Izzy told me that James was going to be dressed up and have strawberries and champagne on the boat, and he was going to hit on me the whole time," Boudreau recounts.

    O'Keefe eventually emerged, and Boudreau had a brief discussion with him in which she said he did not have permission to film her; she declined to get on the boat, and soon left.

    That was a good choice: According to a 13-page document titled "CNN Caper" about the plan obtained by the network, the "equipment needed" for the prank included "condom jar," "dildos," Alicia Keys music (though not Marvin Gaye because it is "too chiche)," lube, a ceiling mirror, posters and paintings of naked women, copies of Playboy and other pornographic magazines, Viagra pills, fuzzy handcuffs and a blindfold.

    Also listed among the needed equipment are "hidden cams on the boat" and a "tripod and overt recorder near the bed, an obvious sex tape machine."

    In an email expressing doubts about the operation, Santa wrote that O'Keefe "has staged the boat to be a palace of pleasure with all sorts of props, wants to have a bizarre sexual conversation with her."


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