Breitbart Blog Thinks James O'Keefe Invented Ambush Reporting

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From a blog post at Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism:

In a curious nod to James O'Keefe-style guerrilla filmmaking, Steve Kroft of CBS's 60 Minutes turned up at Capitol Hill press conferences yesterday with surprise questions for both House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

Kroft quizzed both about their stock transactions in their respective roles as Speaker.


Kroft's technique caught both off-guard, and suggests that the mainstream media is beginning to learn some tactics from the blogosphere. Kudos.

Really? Asking tough questions of politicians is "O'Keefe-like"? It's not like 60 Minutes hasn't been doing this sort of thing for, oh, the last 40-plus years.

Also, it was hardly a "surprise" that Kroft would ask questions of Pelosi and Boehner since he was doing so at press conferences.

There is one key difference between Kroft and O'Keefe, however: Kroft wasn't trying to deceive anyone about who he is, nor was he surreptitiously taping his subjects in the hope they would say something embarrassing that he could then deceptively edit with the goal of creating a viral YouTube video.

Big Journalism's contention that "the mainstream media is beginning to learn some tactics from the blogosphere" is laughable. It's O'Keefe who borrowed such tactics from the likes of 60 Minutes -- and did such an incompetent, dishonest job of it that 60 Minutes probably doesn't want them back.

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Government, The House of Representatives
Big Journalism
James O'Keefe
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