Last week we brought you bits and pieces of conservative video maker James O'Keefe's failed plot to "seduce" CNN's Abbie Boudreau on a boat in Maryland. Yesterday CNN debuted the documentary "Right on the Edge," the TV special following conservative activists that O'Keefe and Boudreau were supposed to meet regarding, and we were given a better understanding of how the plan was supposed to work and why O'Keefe's denial of his involvement is almost absurd:
Most upsetting for conservatives might be that O'Keefe's apparent reasoning for the plot may have proved to be unfounded. He reportedly believed that CNN was going to smear him and the conservative film movement. But according to Mediate, the documentary might suffer from not being tough enough on it's subjects:
If not for O’Keefe’s plot, the show would have been an unqualified win for the conservative activist movement. ... O’Keefe’s actions take on an added dimension of stupidity once you watch the rest of Right on the Edge, which turns out to be an almost completely uncritical look at a handful of conservative video activists. Abbie Boudreau doesn’t ask anything approaching a tough question.
Also of note is that O'Keefe's long-time defender, Andrew Breitbart, has begun speaking out against O'Keefe's stunt. In two twitter posts last week, Breitbart snapped at those who have suggested that he is O'Keefe's boss. When Nicole Sandler, a radio host, retweeted something that called Breitbart O'Keefe's "employer/coward," Breitbart responded:
Similarly, when Media Matters's Oliver Willis tweeted that "@andrewbreitbart's crew strikes again," Breitbart snapped back:
But the most damning comments coming from Breitbart regarding the O'Keefe scandal may be a statement Breitbart released on Friday calling for an explanation from O'Keefe:
I proudly stood behind James O’Keefe on his groundbreaking ACORN investigation. I also defended him when the media, including CNN — during a previous regime, “the Rick Sanchez era” – falsely reported the Sen. Mary Landrieu story as a “wiretapping” plot gone wrong.
In all these cases the left-leaning media exposed its obvious bias against James because of his contrarian point of view and because the targets of his investigations are protected institutions of the Democrat Media Complex.
However, in my dealings with Ms. Boudreau, she and her producer, Scott Zamost, conducted themselves professionally, and I believe James owes them a candid and public explanation.
From what I’ve read about this script, though not executed, it is patently gross and offensive. It’s not his detractors to whom he also owes this public airing. It’s to his legion of supporters.
O'Keefe appears to be losing his supporters while emboldening his detractors. You can view CNN's documentary "Right on the Edge" tonight at 8 and 11 pm ET.