USA Today Reporter Schools Fox News On The Ethical Problems Associated With James O'Keefe's Videos
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From the October 24 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Brett Baier:
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HEIDI PRZYBYLA: I just in this case don't know what we have here other than Hillary Clinton maybe thought it would be amusing to have a duck stalk Donald Trump. That doesn't neccesarily translate into an independent expenditure as Laura [Ingraham] points out. But these are very serious allegations and that's why as a journalist, I want to see the full unedited tapes because O'Keefe had these moles, if you will, inside these organizations for many months and he's refusing not only to release the unedited tapes, but to even put any kind of a time stamp or any kind of context whatsoever into these tapes. And given his history of misleading editing, I think that is in Americans --
BRETT BAIER (HOST): Well he did have this plot to tamper with phones in Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu's office. And the FBI arrested him and three others. They charged him with entering federal property under false pretensions with the intent to commit a felony. He ended up pleaing to a misdemeanor. He was sentenced to three years probation. And that didn't have to do with any of the editing of that tape, just to be clear of that, of the charges from before.
PRZYBYLA: Yes but a lot of the subjects in these tapes from the past and current, including the lady on the oxygen tank, she's been contacted by news organizations and she said that's not what happened.
Another journalistic point that we need to make is NBC News has reported that O'Keefe's group was given money from the Trump Foundation at the very beginning of this when he was about to launch his campaign. And of course, a lot of his stories have been running through Breitbart. At that time, Steve Bannon was the head of Breitbart and now he's Trump's campaign manager. So you have to point out the connections as well.