O’Keefe first knocked on Letten’s door, asked Letten’s wife if Letten was there, offered her a book, and then left when she refused. Then O’Keefe sought out Letton on the Tulane campus. Havoc ensued. Letten confronted O’Keefe in a thoroughly unbalanced, unprofessional, and embarrassing way, all — predictably — caught on camera. Letten said things like “[y]ou are a nasty cowardly little spud, all of you, you’re hobbits,” and “[y]ou are scum. Do you understand?” Letten repeated the “hobbit” insult multiple times. Letten apparently doesn’t like hobbits. Is it the feet? The eating disorders? Is he a secret Sauron fan? Not clear.
Watch the tape. It’s difficult to exaggerate Letten’s dipshittery. He accuses O’Keefe of “harassing a former U.S. Attorney” and “terrorizing” his wife. But unless O’Keefe’s tape omits some very extensive footage of bad conduct — possible, I suppose — nothing O’Keefe was doing can rationally be called “terrorizing” or “harassing.” O’Keefe tried to get an ambush interview with Letten to make him look like a fool on camera in order to push O’Keefe’s partisan narrative. He succeeded. Unless he went to Letten’s house or office multiple times after being asked to leave, that’s not harassing or terrorizing. Letten’s bluster otherwise suggests a lack of regard for the rights of critics.
I don’t think O’Keefe adds much of substance to the debate over policy. But if people like Letten keep reacting like that, he’ll keep doing it.
I don’t have anything much to say about Ken’s feelings about O’Keefe – De gustibus non est disputandum, after all – but this got me to wondering.
O’keefe seems to have found an endless vein of left-wing embarassments which he’s been mining for a considerable time now, with no letup in sight.
Which leads me to ask: Are there no lefties who know which end of a video camera is up, and are there no similar veins of embarassingly hypocritical nonsense on the right available for similar delving?
I doubt very much that lefty propagandists and agents provocateurs are refraining out of reasons of distaste for the methods involved. So there must be some other reason. But what is it?