Conservative guerrilla performance artists

Don’t you have to hand it to James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles, two conservative activists who dressed up like a pimp and a prostitute and filmed leftist ACORN community organizers advising them on how to set up their business and launder the profits? They were the ones who also posed as contributors to Planned Parenthood, insisting that their money go to the abortion of black babies, which the abortionists had no problem with. This article tells about them, including the delicious tidbit that they got the idea for their tactics from Saul Alinsky, the godfather of ACORN:

O’Keefe, who majored in philosophy at Rutgers University, said he and Giles funded the project themselves. This kind of undercover, guerrilla tactic is the “future of investigative journalism and political activism,” he said.

Inspired by “Rules for Radicals,” Saul Alinsky’s bible for rabble-rousing, more often associated with the left, O’Keefe said he has been targeting and exposing the “absurdities of the enemy by employing their own rules and language.”

“If you can make impossible demands on your enemy, you can destroy them,” he said.

So he began using a hidden camera “in a location I’d rather not disclose” and started visiting ACORN offices around the Northeast.

As with a series of videos O’Keefe made in 2008, in which Planned Parenthood employees agreed to earmark his donations for the abortions of African-American babies, he said he expected ACORN would yield maybe “a few gotcha moments.”

“But we never imagined they would all comply — it’s just disgusting they didn’t just throw us out of the office,” he said.

In a statement released Saturday, ACORN said that it could not defend the actions of its employees but that what O’Keefe and Giles did was criminal.

“And, in fact, a crime it was — our lawyers believe a felony — and we will be taking legal action against Fox and their co-conspirators,” the statement said.

Fox News aired the Baltimore and Washington tapes.

O’Keefe said, “ACORN wants it both ways.”

“You can’t fire the employees and then say I have defamed them,” he said.

The expose of ACORN has led to the government cancelling several lucrative contracts with them, as well as investigations into their voting registration and housing counseling activities. ACORN was even being hired to conduct the census!

Here is the zany Borat-like couple in the get-up in which they punked ACORN, which totally believed them:

James O'Keefe & Hannah Giles punking ACORN

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Mary Ann

    These two are doing the investigative reporting that 60 minutes used to do.

  • Mary Ann

    These two are doing the investigative reporting that 60 minutes used to do.

  • Kirk

    I love the get ups. That’s the most priceless part of this whole situation to me.

  • Kirk

    I love the get ups. That’s the most priceless part of this whole situation to me.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    The funniest thing to me is that they look like a high school 2 man debate team gone bad, and people living in cities apparently believed them–or at least played along.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    The funniest thing to me is that they look like a high school 2 man debate team gone bad, and people living in cities apparently believed them–or at least played along.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01763924682909630509 Orianna Laun

    I think she looks a touch more credible than he. The whole outcome of their investigation is what is the most frightening, especially considering one of the officials with whom they spoke was all too willing to assist them in setting them up with international contacts to further an under-age prostitution ring.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01763924682909630509 Orianna Laun

    I think she looks a touch more credible than he. The whole outcome of their investigation is what is the most frightening, especially considering one of the officials with whom they spoke was all too willing to assist them in setting them up with international contacts to further an under-age prostitution ring.

  • Carl Vehse

    The website, biggovernment.com, has the videos of the visits to ACORN offices around the country.

    In her article, What’s missing from the New York Times coverage of ACORN, Michelle Malkin points out:

    The Fishwrap of Record has finally seen fit to tell its readers about the latest ACORN scandals (the San Bernardino tapes, which don’t get a mention, are beyond belief). True to form, the New York Times commits grievous sins of omission that whitewash the paper’s own role in deliberately covering up ACORN’s illicit activities before Election Day last November.

    Of course, they claim it’s all conservative entrapment, an argument that Malkin refutes by showing ACORN corruption was originally exposed by one of their own.

    Other ACORN-related articles of interest at Malkin’s site include:

    Triple-snort-worthy: White House “distances” itself from ACORN

    A tale of two protection rackets: ACORN’s — and the media’s

    NBC (the network that rigged crash tests, staged racism stings & faked flood coverage) criticizes ACORN “entrapment”

    ACORN Watch: Charlie Gibson and the ostrich media; Update: Audio added [Major league clymer Chuckie claims he hasn't reported the ACORN story because he never heard anything about it]

  • Carl Vehse

    The website, biggovernment.com, has the videos of the visits to ACORN offices around the country.

    In her article, What’s missing from the New York Times coverage of ACORN, Michelle Malkin points out:

    The Fishwrap of Record has finally seen fit to tell its readers about the latest ACORN scandals (the San Bernardino tapes, which don’t get a mention, are beyond belief). True to form, the New York Times commits grievous sins of omission that whitewash the paper’s own role in deliberately covering up ACORN’s illicit activities before Election Day last November.

    Of course, they claim it’s all conservative entrapment, an argument that Malkin refutes by showing ACORN corruption was originally exposed by one of their own.

    Other ACORN-related articles of interest at Malkin’s site include:

    Triple-snort-worthy: White House “distances” itself from ACORN

    A tale of two protection rackets: ACORN’s — and the media’s

    NBC (the network that rigged crash tests, staged racism stings & faked flood coverage) criticizes ACORN “entrapment”

    ACORN Watch: Charlie Gibson and the ostrich media; Update: Audio added [Major league clymer Chuckie claims he hasn't reported the ACORN story because he never heard anything about it]

  • Joe

    I was ready to caulk Acorn’s response up as an idiot employee doing something dumb but then it kept happening over and over and over.

    There is a belief in some quarters that an illegal economy is better than no economy in large poor urban areas. The former chief of police of Milwaukee (Art Jones) once said that he was not going to disrupt the local neighborhood economies by busting drug houses. I think it is this view that leads a group like Acorn help the pimps and prostitutes get loans. I wonder if the advice would have been the same if they said they were running a crack house or a chop-shop and needed to get a loan. I think it would.

  • Joe

    I was ready to caulk Acorn’s response up as an idiot employee doing something dumb but then it kept happening over and over and over.

    There is a belief in some quarters that an illegal economy is better than no economy in large poor urban areas. The former chief of police of Milwaukee (Art Jones) once said that he was not going to disrupt the local neighborhood economies by busting drug houses. I think it is this view that leads a group like Acorn help the pimps and prostitutes get loans. I wonder if the advice would have been the same if they said they were running a crack house or a chop-shop and needed to get a loan. I think it would.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce Gee

    Good point, Joe. In the HBO series THE WIRE, the pressure by the fictitious mayor of Baltimore to bring violent drug crime down led to one creative police lieutenant finding blocks of unoccupied buildings in various parts of the city and driving the sellers there. By keeping them all in one place, and surrounding them by police–and not busting them–the violence went away while drug trafficking took on the ambience of a middle-American mall. Until the media heard about it and the scandal was exposed.

    One of the real problems in all of this is that the people on the ground in these horrible inner city situations are trying to find solutions when the challenges are overwhelming. Sometimes the solutions are pretty shocking. They may be born of desperation, and we should perhaps be careful about judging them by middle-American white standards. I can’t believe I’m writing this.
    Again, if you can handle the language, THE WIRE is a series that displays all sides of the problem in 3-D.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce Gee

    Good point, Joe. In the HBO series THE WIRE, the pressure by the fictitious mayor of Baltimore to bring violent drug crime down led to one creative police lieutenant finding blocks of unoccupied buildings in various parts of the city and driving the sellers there. By keeping them all in one place, and surrounding them by police–and not busting them–the violence went away while drug trafficking took on the ambience of a middle-American mall. Until the media heard about it and the scandal was exposed.

    One of the real problems in all of this is that the people on the ground in these horrible inner city situations are trying to find solutions when the challenges are overwhelming. Sometimes the solutions are pretty shocking. They may be born of desperation, and we should perhaps be careful about judging them by middle-American white standards. I can’t believe I’m writing this.
    Again, if you can handle the language, THE WIRE is a series that displays all sides of the problem in 3-D.

  • Matt C.

    One of the interesting things about this whole situation is that it found the current practical limit of relativistic rhetoric. If it were just the pimp and the prostitute, the legal ramifications could have been swept away as technicalities, the moral ramifications swept away as “it’s her body and her choice”, and ACORN’s involvement dressed up as helping the poor little guy in spite of these “trivialities”–the usual “it’s a little bit wrong but a whole lot of right.” The sexual slavery of a bunch of young girls from El Salvador, however… It’s still hard to make it sound like helping the poor when it aids and abets the exploitation of the most vulnerable and the “poor” become the slave drivers. Give it a decade or so, and we’ll see if anybody comes up with something believable.

  • Matt C.

    One of the interesting things about this whole situation is that it found the current practical limit of relativistic rhetoric. If it were just the pimp and the prostitute, the legal ramifications could have been swept away as technicalities, the moral ramifications swept away as “it’s her body and her choice”, and ACORN’s involvement dressed up as helping the poor little guy in spite of these “trivialities”–the usual “it’s a little bit wrong but a whole lot of right.” The sexual slavery of a bunch of young girls from El Salvador, however… It’s still hard to make it sound like helping the poor when it aids and abets the exploitation of the most vulnerable and the “poor” become the slave drivers. Give it a decade or so, and we’ll see if anybody comes up with something believable.

  • Geremy

    I think it’s great that the government is starting to sever it’s ties to ACORN. Now if we can get them to sever all ties with the other 300+ sister groups to it that make up CCI, or Citizen’s Consulting, Inc. Having that many businesses (or community organizations) run out of one simple house in New Orleans cannot be good, especially when you learn about the history and beliefs of founder Wade Rathke.

  • Geremy

    I think it’s great that the government is starting to sever it’s ties to ACORN. Now if we can get them to sever all ties with the other 300+ sister groups to it that make up CCI, or Citizen’s Consulting, Inc. Having that many businesses (or community organizations) run out of one simple house in New Orleans cannot be good, especially when you learn about the history and beliefs of founder Wade Rathke.

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Joe has a point; but one would think that the hundredth time that WalMart, Target, or another big retailer decided NOT to build because of the brothels and crack houses, that people would get the idea and start cleaning things up.

    Of course, the chief ACORN organizer didn’t catch on after 20 years driving through the rough areas of Chicago, so we might be waiting a while….

  • http://www.bikebubba.blogspot.com Bike Bubba

    Joe has a point; but one would think that the hundredth time that WalMart, Target, or another big retailer decided NOT to build because of the brothels and crack houses, that people would get the idea and start cleaning things up.

    Of course, the chief ACORN organizer didn’t catch on after 20 years driving through the rough areas of Chicago, so we might be waiting a while….

  • DonS

    We are, at long last, building media outlets that actually care about rampant corruption in liberal institutions in and related to government. 60 Minutes and Dateline never did seem to care much for that kind of investigation, so it fills a void. Amazingly, Charles Gibson actually claimed on a radio show two days ago that he had not yet heard anything about these ACORN exposes. A “newsman”, no less, who is entirely unaware of the news! What a bubble the MSM lives in.

    Bravo to these young people, and the courage they showed in doing this.

  • DonS

    We are, at long last, building media outlets that actually care about rampant corruption in liberal institutions in and related to government. 60 Minutes and Dateline never did seem to care much for that kind of investigation, so it fills a void. Amazingly, Charles Gibson actually claimed on a radio show two days ago that he had not yet heard anything about these ACORN exposes. A “newsman”, no less, who is entirely unaware of the news! What a bubble the MSM lives in.

    Bravo to these young people, and the courage they showed in doing this.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Obama for many years was joined at the hip with Acorn. Stanley Kurtz in an article, Inside Obama’s Acorn, wrote:

    Important as these questions of funding and partisanship are, the larger point is that Obama’s ties to Acorn — arguably the most politically radical large-scale activist group in the country — are wide, deep, and longstanding. If Acorn is adept at creating a non-partisan, inside-game veneer for what is in fact an intensely radical, leftist, and politically partisan reality, so is Obama himself. This is hardly a coincidence: Obama helped train Acorn’s leaders in how to play this game. For the most part, Obama seems to have favored the political-insider strategy, yet it’s clear that he knew how to play the in-your-face “direct action” game as well. And surely during his many years of close association with Acorn, Obama had to know what the group was all about.

    The American people are slowly but surely waking up to the radicalism of this president.

  • Peter Leavitt

    Obama for many years was joined at the hip with Acorn. Stanley Kurtz in an article, Inside Obama’s Acorn, wrote:

    Important as these questions of funding and partisanship are, the larger point is that Obama’s ties to Acorn — arguably the most politically radical large-scale activist group in the country — are wide, deep, and longstanding. If Acorn is adept at creating a non-partisan, inside-game veneer for what is in fact an intensely radical, leftist, and politically partisan reality, so is Obama himself. This is hardly a coincidence: Obama helped train Acorn’s leaders in how to play this game. For the most part, Obama seems to have favored the political-insider strategy, yet it’s clear that he knew how to play the in-your-face “direct action” game as well. And surely during his many years of close association with Acorn, Obama had to know what the group was all about.

    The American people are slowly but surely waking up to the radicalism of this president.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce Gee

    One wonders at what point in his presidency Obama will run out of organizations or people to throw under the bus. I’m puzzled about how his base must feel about his unwillingness to stand by them when the game gets tough. Do they implicitly understand that this is how it is played, or is there growing resentment at him? They (by which I mean ACORN, but also a growing number of his associates) were instrumental in putting him into power, so where’s the payback? Or will the payback come in other, less visible forms? I mean, there’s gotta be payback.

  • http://www.pagantolutheran.blogspot.com Bruce Gee

    One wonders at what point in his presidency Obama will run out of organizations or people to throw under the bus. I’m puzzled about how his base must feel about his unwillingness to stand by them when the game gets tough. Do they implicitly understand that this is how it is played, or is there growing resentment at him? They (by which I mean ACORN, but also a growing number of his associates) were instrumental in putting him into power, so where’s the payback? Or will the payback come in other, less visible forms? I mean, there’s gotta be payback.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Well done, Bruce (@13), well done. Play both sides! Complain when Obama does (or is affiliated with) something disagreeable, and then, when he distances himself from said thing, complain again — this time about how he fails to “stand by” his people, how he “throws [them] under the bus.” The man can do no right, and you will have something to complain about, either way!

    You win!

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Well done, Bruce (@13), well done. Play both sides! Complain when Obama does (or is affiliated with) something disagreeable, and then, when he distances himself from said thing, complain again — this time about how he fails to “stand by” his people, how he “throws [them] under the bus.” The man can do no right, and you will have something to complain about, either way!

    You win!

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ Christian Soldier

    Using Alinsky’s Rules against the Dark Siders (Lucifer’s kids) is a coup!!
    Good for them…
    I saw the Planned Parenthood expo…I thought Lila Rose did it?
    C-CS
    LA Lutherans for LIfe

  • http://carolmsblog.blogspot.com/ Christian Soldier

    Using Alinsky’s Rules against the Dark Siders (Lucifer’s kids) is a coup!!
    Good for them…
    I saw the Planned Parenthood expo…I thought Lila Rose did it?
    C-CS
    LA Lutherans for LIfe

  • Booklover

    I am incensed that the main stream media did not carry the story about Planned Parenthood having no problem with the acceptance of monetary donations for the destruction of black babies. This is racism at its most hideous.

    Those pants! Where’s her daddy?

  • Booklover

    I am incensed that the main stream media did not carry the story about Planned Parenthood having no problem with the acceptance of monetary donations for the destruction of black babies. This is racism at its most hideous.

    Those pants! Where’s her daddy?

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