Conservative activist O'Keefe claims Cuomo targeting his group
Conservative activist James O'Keefe is accusing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration of targeting his group with document requests and a subpoena, claiming the Democratic governor's recent comments critical of conservatives "aren't simply words."Just imagine. Imagine George Bush asking the Texas Department of Labor to investigate Helen Thomas. Imagine the unholy poopstorm that would ensue. For WEEKS all we would hear about on the evening news, the weekend talk programs, the front page of the NYT, and all over CNN would be the story of the HORRIBLE PERSECUTION at the hands of the EEEEEVIL Bush government. We'd be subjected to expert after expert on the First Amendment, all shaking their heads and sternly proclaiming how this is a serious crisis; that the "persecution" of a journalist should not be tolerated in the United States of America.
O'Keefe, whose Project Veritas is behind a series of hidden-camera investigations against left-leaning groups and causes, made the claims on the heels of the controversy over a recent Cuomo interview. In it, Cuomo blasted "extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay" and said they "have no place" in New York. He later walked back his remarks, and said they were being taken out of context in the media.
But O'Keefe claimed that Cuomo's government is acting on those words, revealing that the Department of Labor has hit his office in Westchester County, N.Y., with demands for financial documents for months. He compared it to IRS targeting of conservative groups nationwide.
But when it's a conservative-leaning journalist being raked over the coals by a left-leaning governor? Oh, that's perfectly fine. There's nothing to see here, and we sure as hell aren't going to report on it. It's really funny, in a sad and pathetic kind of way. They're cutting their own throats, because the faked outrage when it does eventually happen one of their own will be strained and tired. In a discussion on leadership, the topic of credibility was mentioned. The media, as a whole, simply has no credibility when it comes to denouncing heavy-handed government action.
And if that doesn't scare the living bejeezus out of you, well, I can't help you.
That is all.
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