(A Brilliant @ Breakfast exclusive.)
Your brilliant server Jill Hussein and now Jason Linkins of the HuffPo have gotten on the same page to openly speculate, not altogether without just cause, whether or not Breitbart butt boy James O'Keefe has taken his pimp coat out of mothballs and began stalking Planned Parenthood.
O'Keefe has done this before in 2009. The cover story that O'Keefe used with ACORN is also identical to the one used by the still-unidentified man who recently visited longtime O'Keefe target Planned Parenthood:
But O'Keefe and Giles upped the ante on the sting by telling ACORN workers that they were looking to import at least ten child prostitutes from El Salvador - human trafficking in child prostitutes.
Linkins quotes Planned Parenthood on today's HuffPo story:
In the course of five days this month, eight Planned Parenthood clinics in five states and D.C. reported getting the same visit: A man said he needed treatment for a sexually transmitted disease and then, once alone with a staff member, implied that he ran an interstate sex trafficking ring that involves minors and illegal immigrants.
And if we know anything about conservatives, especially mouthbreathers such as O'Keefe, it's that they will keep using the same playbook over and over again even after all the pages have slipped out of the binder.
Ashton Kutcher had railroaded people with more restraint, dignity, respect and intelligence on Punk'd. And Kutcher, a man whose funniest act was in taking up with the much-older Demi Moore, is still funny compared with O'Keefe, unless you include bathos.
As with mental bulimics such as George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, Christine O'Donnell and Glenn Beck, stupidity and keeping a healthy distance from facts and truth is actually a winning asset. It doesn't matter that O'Keefe heavily edited a video to make his case against ACORN. It doesn't matter that ACORN employees punked him (and, consequently, Fox "News") by concocting a story about a phony murder. It doesn't matter that OKeefe is a jailbird for having tried to break into a US Senator's office and tamper with her phones. It doesn't matter that O'Keefe's Fagin, Andrew Breitbart, also heavily edited a video to present a contrary story than the one an FDA official had presented about racial tolerance.
There will always be a market for lies, for untruths, for muck-raking even if there's no muck to rake. And the money, prestige and influence tends to go to those who can tell the most outrageous lies in the most creative ways.
And this is why America is doomed. It is doomed because not only can we no longer distinguish between fact and falsehood but because we do not even care what the difference is or even acknowledge that such a dramatic, crucial distinction can and should be made.
And this is why the Globe, National Enquirer and Andrew Breitbart's Big Bullshit websites are still in business and making money hand over fist.