James O'Keefe calls out Mother Jones over secret taping hypocrisy

When news broke that Mother Jones magazine had obtained a secret recording of a meeting of Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election campaign, plenty were left wondering how the media would cover the story, if at all. Was this an example of “good” spying, like the heroic taping of Mitt Romney’s fundraiser, or “bad” spying, like that perpetrated by Linda Tripp or James O’Keefe?

Well, now we know exactly what James O’Keefe thinks about today’s news.

With the FBI reportedly investigating, we’ll understand if Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn doesn’t address O’Keefe’s questions immediately. Besides, he’s been busy talking up the recording all day. As far as he’s concerned, McConnell is the one who should be answering the questions.

O’Keefe has other concerns as well.


James O’Keefe slams Mother Jones editor: ‘We release raw tape from the moment we walk in’

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    We’ll once again see the double standards of the left with no mention of the hypocrisy.

    • SameJerkDifferentName

      That’s because the left may employ any dirty, underhanded and yes, even illegal tactic to achieve their goals and it’s perfectly fine. (see sawl alumpski – Rules For Radicals) But if the opposition exposes anything damaging to their cause, ATTACK!

      • rjstange

        Remember…..to a liberal……the ends ALWAYS justify the means……as long as it is helpful to their cause. Otherwise, it is criminal.

      • $24698634

        You could at least spell Saul’s last name correctly.

        • SameJerkDifferentName

          Couldn’t give a crap about how his name is spelled and because you said something, I’m going to go back and dork it up even more.

          • $24698634

            Go ahead.  You have more room to look foolish.

          • SameJerkDifferentName

            I don’t bother with the names of lunatics or terrorists. They deserve no respect and they get just that. You would do well to do the same. But of course they’re your kind of people, aren’t they? Besides, to whom do I look foolish? You? I can assure you, I Do Not Care What You Think!

          • $24698634

            Any other factual details you don’t bother with?  Or is it arbitrary, leaving it to your readers to figure out when you’re BS’ing them.

          • SameJerkDifferentName

            As I mentioned, it’s a matter of respect, nothing else. They don’t deserve any and that’s what they get. As far as “factual details” I just love the liberal deflection there. Go troll someone else. I’m done with your ignorance.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q4U43SEFTFXERUACDNYAFXKB7I J.i.L

    Laws will be enforced against conservatives, not liberals, liberals are above the law because of their agenda!


      War is coming to them if they keep this crap up;.

      • Jeffrey Harbin

        And the best part is the Libs don’t own any guns! Nelson Muntz said it best: “Ha Ha!”

        • Karl Winrich

          So that means that they will be the first ones up against the wall when the revolution comes.

          • nasty

            wow…revolution? violence? is that what conservatives have come to to when their ideas have been rejected?

          • SorryJeffersonWeTried

            Read up on the founders before posting/showing off your union sponsored education, or ignorance as its called in english. Yes the commies such as yourself are pushing for a revolution

          • nasty

            I’m no commie but I don’t blame you. fux news tells their illiterate viewers that anyone who doesnt have their views is essentially a commie.

          • Karl Winrich

            And there goes the usual liberal reply…it’s always a fox news thing. Just FYI my current cable subscription service doesn’t include Fox News network so there’s one error in your liberal logic: you made an assumption!

            But go ahead and study up on your history. The last person who tried to ban our guns was King Henry III and we all know what happened then.

            No I’m not abdicating violence (another liberal miss assumption) and I don’t want to see our nation torn asunder, but our ‘leaders’ in D.C. aren’t listening to the people anymore and are just trying to push their own agendas. And that goes for BOTH parties! And the people are getting more and more fed up with it, and sooner or later if our leaders don’t pull their collective heads out of their a$$es it’s going to get messy. It’s not even about who’s right or who’s wrong, left or right, up or down or sideways…it’s about a corrupt government that’s on the verge of turning tyrannical, and for that to happen they first need to disarm the citizens. An armed society is a free society, a disarmed society are slaves.

          • nasty

            ban our guns? who’s trying to ban ALL guns?

          • Karl Winrich

            Just look to history dude. Every nation that has enacted a federal gun registry has ALWAYS resorted, sooner or later, to confiscation of those same guns. Now with the current liberal agenda for “Universal background checks and a national gun REGISTRY” from DC, you do the math.

        • nasty

          wow…violence? is that what conservatives have come to to when their ideas have been rejected?

  • sqeptiq

    Obviously the bugging of McConnell’s office is a crime and as such must be investigated, and the perps punished.

    However, Mother Jones isn’t in the same position as James O’Keefe. Mother Jones, by all appearances, is merely publishing material gotten and offered to them by a third party, and that’s a First Amendment matter.

    • AaronHarrisinAlaska

      Did Mother Jones call that out?

    • Gallatin

      Good thing there is that 2nd Amendment to protect Mother’s 1st. Since you’re going all Constitutional.

      • sqeptiq

        I support the Second Amendment along with all the Constitution, including all amendments thereto. I would be quite happy if every American not in jail or a psych ward had an FAL rifle and M1911 pistol close at hand.

    • MikeTX62

      Actually, it’s the same thing. Whether you make the recording yourself or publicize someone else’s recording, the First Amendment is the First Amendment. The ONLY difference here is that, while O’Keefe is a conservative, Mother Jones is a left-wing organization. As we all know, the left isn’t required to follow little inconvenient things like LAWS!!!

      • sqeptiq

        Wrong. In and of itself, publishing information obtained illegally is free speech protected by the First Amendment. Obtaining information illegally is a crime. Those who bugged McConnell’s office are criminally liable; Mother Jones isn’t — as long as Mother Jones employees neither participated in the bugging nor solicited it — which is, however, worth investigating.

        • AaronHarrisinAlaska

          And when did we hold MJ criminally accountable? You could make a living off of building strawmen.

          • sqeptiq

            Criminal liability is important. Whether or not Mother Jones calls out lawbreaking isn’t. Mother Jones neither writes nor enforces our laws.

          • AaronHarrisinAlaska

            Irrelevant to the point just like the rest of your comments. Mother Jones regularly points out how wrong and underhanded James and other conservatives like him are, and how untrustworthy their informations is but have no qualms completely ignoring the illegality of a this recording and show no interest in questioning its authenticity. That’s where the hypocrisy lay.

          • $24698634

            Haven’t heard McConnell’s camp deny authenticity. Would think that’s the first thing they would do. And we don’t know yet if the recording was done illegally. O’Keefe was proven to have committed a crime regarding Senator Landreau’s office.

          • SorryJeffersonWeTried

            Whats to deny libtard? Its the lying cowards you worship who deny deny deny

          • $24698634

            What’s to deny?  I guess nothing, because what’s on the tape happened as reported.  I’m not sure who the lying coward is you’re referring to.

    • peteee363

      wasn’t breitbart tossed under the bus for being associated with james? breitbart was also a third party, again left’s double standard!

    • PeterP

      “it’s not the same” <——– the left's standard defense to charge of hypocrisy.

  • Love of Country

    Heck yeah!

  • jamesben

    I’m guessing that telling the truth about Ashley Judd and her wacky mental state will be considered a continuation of the Demo-creep declared “Republican War on Women” strategy.

    How this meeting was ILLEGALLY RECORDED isn’t important, ’cause – you know – the “Mother Jones” scumbag decided it’s a “non-issue.”

    • $24698634

      Ashley wrote about it in her book. No new truth was unearthed. But the McConnell crowd looked bad discussing their attack plan. I doubt that MJ did the recording. And we don’t know yet if it was illegal.

  • RememberSekhmet

    When O’Keefe records a conversation, he and his confederates are interlocutors on the recording, largely recording the interaction between himself and the target. In states with one-party wiretapping laws, O’Keefe is that one party consenting to recording himself. Unless McConnell himself or one of the interlocutors on the tape recorded it, the Mother Jones tape would be a third party taping the interactions of other people, not recording their own actions in the context of the behavior of others. And all done without the consent of ANY of the interlocutors. Even if KY is a one-party state as far as wiretapping goes, the “leaker” is still down that one party.

    • GrayRider

      Dude, where’s your crayons and coloring book?

      • J. Cox

        What’s the matter…not enough 3 and 4 letter words for you?

  • digitalPimple

    So if I got this straight… Judd drops from the race, because she does not want embarrassing information to go public possibly hurting her image and her acting career… So some left blog, that’s on her side, releases private talks that exposes the vary thing she did not want to go public??

    Do I have this right?? Not. too. bright.

    • bigkahuna9

      Hurting someone you don’t care about to hurt another person you hate makes the illegal, unethical and wrong ok if it’s a liberal.

    • $24698634

      Not exactly. She wrote about it her book, so the information was already out there. It’s the attack targets that seem to be the problem; mental health and religion. Makes McConnell seem crass and out of touch.

      • digitalPimple

        Ohh I see. So there’s a secret tape of someone discussing her published book.

        • $24698634

          Yes.  But discussing it in a way that has negative connotations for Mitch politically.  Hey, I don’t make the rules, but that’s how the game is played.

          • Guest

            Wow. This is big stuff. So a politician was taped discussing how to attack their opponent using nutty excepts from her book? That’s just nuts. No wonder everyone cares.

          • $24698634

            Like I said, I don’t make the rules.

      • digitalPimple

        Ohh I see. So there’s a secret tape of someone discussing her published book.

      • SorryJeffersonWeTried

        I agree, he sounds like a DemocRat

  • The Anti Fox

    McConnell security team – no bugs found in conference room. Hmm…that leaves out a Republican, Nixonion Watergate scenario.

    • SameJerkDifferentName

      Not exactly. A ‘bug’ or recording device could have been placed by someone on a cleaning crew or someone else with regular access and then picked up later. Just because it’s not there now doesn’t mean it was never there.

      • $24698634

        Agree with that. Will MJ have to reveal source? That will be interesting.

  • http://boogieforward.us/ K-Bob

    Obama managed to get Jack Ryan’s SEALED divorce proceedings unsealed. Before that, he used thug tactics to push the incumbent off the ballot so people couldn’t vote for her.

    McConnell ought to get hold of this tape, and just attach “I’m Mitch McConnell, and I approve of this message”

  • John (it true me am)

    Let’s back up on the issues of legality and hypocrisy a minute… is there even a problem with the audio to begin with? I admittedly haven’t listened to the full thing, but from what I did it just sounded like a campaign discussing their opponents the same way every campaign in the history of the world discussed their opponents. Or are people really so naive they didn’t think it was the kind of stuff discussed behind closed doors?

    • NRPax

      It’s the fact that it’s a Republican doing it. Supposedly, we are only allowed to break out the Marquess of Queensberry rules.

      • RFlanary

        Liberals can bring a knife to a boxing match, but when a conservative says “that’s against the rules”, the liberals scream they are being attacked.

    • bigkahuna9

      It was the fact that it was a republican doing it. It was about a liberal, woman. Worst of all…it was TRUE. She is nucking futs.

  • PeterP

    Of course! When the left does it it’s good investigative reporting. When the right does it it’s unethical and underhanded. The most un-self-aware people in the universe are leftists.

  • Kevin Krom

    And with regards to Linda Tripp, she made many of those recordings for her own protection, because she was aware of potentially illegal activity going on and did not want to be blamed for something she didn’t do.


    Mother Jones her mental health is a big deal. The left are the trashiest people in the world.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Can you say “WATERGATE IN REVERSE?” When Conservatives do it to Democrats/Liberals, It’s “A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY!” But it’s okay for Mother Jones Magazine to do it to Mitch McConnell? That’s ABSURD! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Gunny2862

    Um, going to a more central issue shouldn’t a Federal office candidate’s mental health history be part of the vetting process? After all,gaining the power of that office is arguably greater than that of gaining a single firearm, which requires a Federal Background check.

    • SorryJeffersonWeTried

      shhh there are liberals lurking, and they despise the truth.

  • michael s

    The convicted criminal is upset.SO WHAT.

  • SpiffyMclure

    O’Keefe’s still butthurt over that $100K he has to pay some nice lady from Acorn.

  • Dexter Alarius

    As if someone’s mental health isn’t an issue if they want to be in Congress! I want ALL of them evaluated.

  • j p

    I’m sure the Dems have never had a planning session anything like that. I’m sure those kinds of topics never came up in discussions about candidates like Sarah Palin.

    • SorryJeffersonWeTried

      actually all their rules come from communist manifestos and NAMBLA instruction manuals

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Todd-Clemmer/1506137119 Todd Clemmer

    The ends justify the means. Want to take your country back? Take over the media.

  • golftilidrop

    Now, now, liberals are allowed to make false accusations w/o merit propelled by the media, see Herman Cain and Justice Thomas. But conservatives are not allowed to use fact in their debate, that would be unfair.

  • TDS

    So what should the headline read? How about “Republican Senator Caught On Tape Acting Like A Democrat”?

  • TDS

    I actually wonder how many different offices they’ve had to bug to get this “nugget”…

  • AWomaninTX

    And how many times did we hear about Pres. Bush’s state of mind & character? *Still* hear? Not that two wrongs make a right, or anything.

    ETA: IMO it is a bit jerky to call names like that but we *all* should have the right to do that in private situations. *This* is a true example of something akin to 1984. Looks like something the Ministry of Love would be involved with.