|GOP operative and faux procurer, James O'Keefe: AP/Politico|
Heralded last year as epitomizing a new form of "activist" journalism, James O'Keefe now finds himself abandoned by some of the most powerful conservatives who championed him. And a multi-million dollar effort designed to offset what many conservatives regard as the leftward tilt of the mainstream media had been undermined by a series of increasingly bizarre events.
"Just because conservatives have what I believe is a well-grounded beef with the establishment press, doesn't mean that they don't have to abide by rules themselves," Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, told Politico. "I have been telling my fellow conservatives that if we are going to accuse liberals of not following the rules of journalistic ethics, then by God, we better follow them or open ourselves up to all sorts of accusations, and one of them is hypocrisy."
Even Andrew Breitbart, the conservative internet entrepreneur who has promoted O'Keefe and defended his tactics, backed away a bit from his protege Monday, telling Politico that "in this instance, it's not going to be others who are going to defend him. He is an adult and now he had to defend himself."
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