James O'Keefe Proves Something Terrible About Hypocrite Enviro Ed Begley Jr., Probably, We Guess


This post sponsored by the Patty Dumpling Endowed Chair for Oil Spills, Fracking, and Stereotypical Fake Ethnic Accents.

Guys, you are just not going to believe the INCREDIBLE STING that James O'Keefe, beloved everywhere as "the wingnut Allen Funt," managed to pull off this time! He tricked two actual Hollywood Celebrities into appearing in a supposed "anti-fracking documentary" that they thought was being made by a guy named "Muhammed," who cleverly did not tell them that its "funding is coming from Middle Eastern oil interests." This proves that they are "hypocrites," somehow, because they were supposed to know that they were being asked to take a position that they already believe, in a movie with a made-up secret agenda that they were not told about! BEST. TAKEDOWN. EVAR.

Stupidest Man on the Internet Jim Hoft breathlessly explains that O'Keefe "duped progressives Ed Begley Jr. and Mariel Hemmingway [sic] to get involved in an anti-fracking film that was funded by Middle Eastern oil interests," and then, as is his usual M.O., copypastes chunks of an article from another source, in this case the Hollywood Reporter.

We guess the part of this that's suppsed to reflect badly on Begley and Hemingway is that "Muhammed" says at one point that the goal of the film is to keep America from becoming energy independent, which makes them traitors or something. Or maybe they believe that green energy is a worthwhile goal, recognize that "energy independence" is a meaningless buzzword, and agreed to speak against fracking because it's an environmental disaster. THOSE HYPOCRITES. Let's see the exciting Gotcha! video, which is one of several that O'Keefe is allegedly going to show "at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday" -- knowing O'Keefe, that could mean that he'll have them playing on a laptop in a van down by the beach, with a beaded curtain separating the front seats from the waterbed love grotto in back. The vid is 20 minutes, and hell no we didn't watch the whole thing.

Oh, OK, so within the first two minutes we do get to some sort of hypocrisy -- not from Begley or Hemingway, but from people you've never heard of, Josh and Rebecca Tickell, who produced a movie about dependence on oil called Fuel in 2008. O'Keefe records them saying -- over the phone, and apparently not in the presence of Hemingway or Begley -- that they agree an anti-fracking movie would have very little credibility if word got out that it was financed by Arab oil interests. So yeah, hypocrites. Or maybe they saw themselves as clever scammers, willing to take money from an obnoxious source for the sake of promoting a progressive agenda, and feeling like they're pulling a fast one on the bad guys. Who knows? They may have seen themselves as Enviro Robin Hoods.

For that matter, the Tickells also state quite openly that they know that a lot of Hollywood liberals would refuse to be involved in a film if they knew the money was coming from oil interests, so they say that's another good reason to hide that fact.

Strangely enough, Jim Hoft doesn't include any of the parts of the Hollywood Reporter story that clarify Ed Begley Jr.'s position on his short appearance in the video, like this:

Begley tells THR that if it looks like he's agreeing with faux Muhammad about anything, it's because the Tickells asked him to be polite so that they'd get their funding for a movie they're making called Fracked, a film that will argue a technique for extracting natural gas called fracking is bad for the environment. Also, Begley says that he is hard of hearing and couldn't understand everything Muhammad was saying.

Aw, but that's just a Hollywood liberal trying to cover up his hypocrisy, so why mention it? Also, too, there's nothing in Hoft's story about the replies from the Tickells or from Hemingway's personal manager, who said that O'Keefe has "got legal issues on this one."

"Mariel didn't give money or take money," Columbus adds. "This is one bad lunch that's embarrassing. There's no nefarious aspect to this. She showed up to help a friend. She's passionate about protecting the earth and would like to see a movie made about all sides of fracking. … Shame on people who are so weak and deceptive to set up two artists who have worked very hard to achieve credibility in their community. Hopefully, O'Keefe will be made responsible for these dirty tricks."

So, here's the huge scoop: James O'Keefe got some people who oppose fracking to talk about maybe being in a movie that opposed fracking, that might have been funded by a guy named "Muhammed," who said he opposed American energy independence. Therefore, fracking is actually harmless to the environment and global warming is a lie.

Also, this would be so much better if it starred Larry David.

Adds Hoft,

James O’Keefe just told me he may be on Good Morning America in the morning. Please keep this brave man in your prayers tonight.

Yes, please pray for brave James O'Keefe. Gallant James O'Keefe. Only once-convicted felon James O'Keefe. Hardly an alleged attempted rapist at all James O'Keefe. Damages-paying to an ACORN employee James O'Keefe.

Please, keep him in your prayers as he maybe walks fearlessly into a den of liberal journalists, who may place him in mortal danger through the nefarious liberal technique of "asking him questions."

[Hollywood Reporter via Gateway Pundit]

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Republicans are devouring each other's carcasses, and we are here for it! Especially when one of those Republicans is King Kris of the Kansas Votefucker Klan ... errr, Clan! It's been a week since Kansans cast their votes in the gubernatorial primary, and the GOP looks to be rolling up its sleeves for a slugfest.

As we type, Kobach leads by 298 votes out of more than 314,000 cast -- a whopping 0.00095 percent, if you round up! The Kansas GOP begged Donald Trump to stay out of the race and leave the field clear for sitting governor Jeff Colyer, who took over when Sam Brownback wandered off to bring Jesus to the Hottentots on behalf of the US government. Safe bet that Colyer would be gearing up for the general election now if President Twitterthumbs hadn't flapped his yap. So thanks for that, Donny!

No, really, THANKS!

Remember the hanging chad debacle in Florida? Now picture it in a landlocked state with more cows than people. It's like fantasy island for Devin Nunes, ALLEGEDLY.

Oh, but we are to kid!

After first insisting he wasn't going to recuse from the counting, Secretary of State Kris Kobach (one and the same!) wrote Colyer a fabulously bitchy letter agreeing to hand off the tabulation to his deputy, Eric Rucker. Colyer had made the shocking suggestion that Kobach delegate responsibility to the Kansas attorney general, rather than his own political appointee, and Kobach was stretched out on the settee with a fit of the vapors at the gross impropriety of it all!

I will not breach the public trust and arbitrarily assign my responsibilities to another office that is not granted such authority by the laws of Kansas.

After several anguished paragraphs, Kobach closed by remonstrating that Colyer was betraying his office by destroying the faith of Kansans in the sacred integrity of their electoral process.

As governor of Kansas, your unrestrained rhetoric has the potential to undermine the public's confidence in the election process. May I suggest that you trust the people of Kansas have made the right decision at the polls and that our election officials will properly determine the result as they do in every election.

Said the guy whose entire adult life has been dedicated to whipping up panic about millions of imaginary illegal alien voters.

So now these two princes can kick the crap out of each other WITH VOTES, specifically, provisional ballots cast by unaffiliated voters under the supervision of poorly trained poll workers. Kansas holds closed primaries, meaning only registered Republicans can vote to select the GOP candidate, BUT an unaffiliated voter can cast a vote by checking a box identifying as a Democrat or a Republican at the polling place. This was news to some poll workers, who mistakenly directed over one thousand unaffiliated voters to use provisional ballots without checking the box indicating party preference. Whoops!

So, will those provisional ballots be counted based on voter intent? Or tossed based on strict interpretation of the statute? And does Kansas law mandate tossing mail-in ballots that arrive without a postmark on Wednesday, since there's no forensic proof that they were mailed before midnight on Tuesday? And how disgusted will the Kansas electorate be when one of these assholes emerges from the melée holding the other one's scalp? And how many millions of dollars are going to be spent on litigating the Republican primary while this nice lady Laura Kelly, the Democratic minority whip of the Kansas Senate, is out campaigning for November?

Even before this debacle, Kobach looked significantly weaker against Kelly than Colyer, with self-funded Libertarian Jeff Orman threatening to throw a wrench in the works. The Wichita Eagle reports on a Remington Research Poll conducted in July:

In a Kelly-Orman-Kobach race, the poll puts Kelly and Kobach effectively in a dead heat — 36 percent for Kelly and 35 percent for Kobach, with Kelly's lead within the margin of error. Orman has 12 percent.

Colyer leads in a three-way race with Kelly and Orman, according to the poll. In that scenario, Colyer receives 38 percent of the vote, while Kelly gets 28 percent and Orman receives 10 percent.

Which is ONE POLL, in a deeply red state, but ... Kobach is a crap candidate who's likely to emerge from this fight with two black eyes and a pissed off base. If there's anyone who can blow this election, it's Kris Kobach.

Keep fighting, Kris! You can do it! (And now we need a shower.)

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[Kobach letter / Wichita Eagle / Mother Jones / Kansas City Star]

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