Fox’s Howard Kurtz Mocks Nutjob James O’Keefe Over Attempted WaPo Sting That “Backfired Spectacularly”

Raw Story reports:

A Fox News panel on Tuesday burned right-wing propagandist James O’Keefe’s failed attempt to trick the Washington Post into reporting a false sexual misconduct allegation against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, as panelist Howard Kurtz said the stunt “backfired spectacularly.”

In particular, Kurtz mocked O’Keefe for thinking that he could simply send undercover Project Veritas agent Jamie Phillips to the Post and get them to unquestioningly print an explosive story about Moore allegedly impregnating her when she was 15 years old and then forcing her to get an abortion.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Clair

    Why is what he and his group not illegal? It’s obvious attempted fraud.

    • Galvestonian

      They’re Republicans.

    • Orly

      Well, they weren’t trying to get any money… I guess if that’s the case, anything goes with these people.

  • skyweaver

    I see this trend continuing. Fox has always relied on their viewers being *just dumb enough* to swallow the bullshit. But not *too dumb* to swallow the bullshit that is particularly bullshitty. That is getting harder and harder to do. Fascinating to watch

    • Rambie

      It’s their “Fair and Balanced” moment of the day.

  • Pollos Hermanos

    James O’Keefe in his next sting.

  • bkmn

    I really want to know who paid to do this. Was it Roy Moore or a wealthy donor?

    • SilasMarner

      Koch brothers? Hmmmm?

      • bkmn

        Koch brothers, the Mercers, hell there are too many to list.

    • Rambie

      Follow the money, Okeefe’s company gets millions is donations each year to stay open somehow.

      • Boreal

        I’m guessing the Mercers.

        • Rambie

          Lord knows the Koch’s have their own propaganda outlets and don’t need O’Keefe.

          • Jamie_Johnson

            When you’re as rich as the Kochs, a paltry five or ten $million is like the change I find under the car seat cushions and drop in the barista’s tip bucket on the drive-through.

    • SoCalGal20

      Read this guy’s thread about where O’Keefe’s money comes from.

      • bkmn

        Pretty much what I expected.

      • Bryan
      • Lumpy Gaga

        I tried. Repeatedly.

        Quite frequently I am utterly unable to follow things called “threads” on teh Twitter.

        It’s not me. It’s Twitter.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Okay, I see now. Kotch is throwing the thread, not lachlan.

          TY, Bryan.

  • MikeBx2
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  • Taylor Bixler

    When you lose Howie Kurtz…

    • Boreal

      Right? Total hack that Howie is.

    • Reality.Bites

      I only care about keeping Swoozie.

      • Jeff Eastwood

        Sadly, not that many will get that reference.

        • Reality.Bites

          I only care about keeping the ones that will. 😉

      • Grumpy Old Man

        But, but “peel and stick?”


  • Gustav2

    “fact checking like they like to claim they do before running any story”


    • Boreal

      Facts are what they say they are.

      • Gustav2

        And “the MSM is dying just to run with these stories” without fact checking.


    • Chucktech

      She would have rather eaten a bug than say anything nice about the Washington Post.

  • The best thing of all about O’Keefe’s stupid-ass blunder? He just bolstered WaPo’s previous reporting about Moore being a child molester by proving they do their due diligence and act as professional journalists.

    • Todd20036

      yup. especially given how often Fox presents unverified stories as facts

      • Helen Damnation™

        Most, not all. Fox has some almost acceptable news folks these days. Shocked, I tell ya’.

      • jerry

        They’re masters of “some people say…”. Usually, one of the morning couch tumors will say something really ridiculous, then one of their evening “news” persons gets to say that “some people say…” this totally ridiculous thing our own employees said this morning.

    • Chucktech

      And it was painfully amusing to hear the bimbette of Fox really, really not wanting to give props to WaPo.

      • Orly

        Yeah, she was trying hard not to.

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      • Grumpy Old Man

        She was able to do it because of her practice at refusing to turn blond for them

    • wmforr

      Hi. I’m Boynie Boynsteen, and I’ll pay you thousands to lie about a good Christian Alabaman, ’cause I’m an evil Noo Yawk Jew.

  • Boreal
  • Ninja0980

    You know it’s bad when a Fox mouthpiece has orders to call you out.

    • Chucktech

      AND make nice to WaPo.

  • james1200
  • Ham

    “Fact Checking, as they like to claim before running any story” Her description is rife with disdain as if fact checking is beyond the pale.

    • Gustav2

      If net neutrality is busted, you will have to pay extra for the sarcastic disdain.

    • Halou

      It is Fox. Of course they disdain facts.

    • Chucktech

      Fact checking is such an alien concept for them.

  • Ninja0980
    O/T but sigh..not the best statement Angela.

  • TimCA

    What’s also interesting is that the Roy Moore campaign has to this point refused to comment on any (if any) connection to O’Keeffe and this stunt. If I were running the Moore campaign and uninvolved, I’d make a public statement to that effect. Of course it may be explained by the fact that the campaign is in shambles given several high profile defections including the recent departure of his communications director.

    • Boreal

      Also no funding from the RNC.

      • Chucktech

        Well, then…… Guess he’s gonna lose…

        • Boreal

          Probably not. Alabama.

    • Taylor Bixler

      The timeline for all of this is interesting for sure
      Nov. 9: Post publishes Moore accusations.
      Nov. 10: PV dipchits email Post to offer bait.
      Nov. 11: Moore says: “There are investigations going on. In the next few days, there will be revelations about the motivations and the content of this article.”
      🤔 🤔

  • Lumpy Gaga

    So Kurtz is upset because O’Keefe is so bad at this??

  • coram nobis

    They keep trying. Before this sham there was the “Bernie Bernstein” caller from the alleged Washington Post, remember that?

    Sounds like the most systematic dirty-tricks campaign since Tricky Dick’s CREEP efforts of 1972.

    • Boreal

      Pedophile Putz Parade.

      • coram nobis

        Point is, it seems to be concerted. Organized. I won’t pin it on the Russians because I think FSB could have done a better job.

        • Tread

          It’s a conspiracy of idiots, led by that fucktard, Roger Stone.

          • coram nobis

            More like a circus of idiots. You have a murder of crows, a covey of quail, a pride of lions, so I suppose if you group enough idiots together you get a complete circus.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            And, unfortunately, that random lion that manages to jump through the flaming hoop despite itself.

          • 2guysnamedjoe

            I think of them as a circle of jerks.

          • greenmanTN

            A quarry of assholes.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            A clump of crap.

        • Boreal

          It is concerted, albeit incompetent.

        • The_Wretched

          O’Keefe has been at it since ACORN days. Before him, Breitbart (the man, not the site) did similar and dirty tricks have been around for a long while (looking at you Rove & Lee Atwater).

        • Lumpy Gaga

          “Our promise: You won’t even know we were here.”

        • The Russians are pretty renown in being penny pinchers for intelligence and dis information operations. They wouldn’t give money to an amateurish outfit like O’Keefes..

        • Orly

          Oh, no doubt. They’ve deluded themselves into thinking they are the good guys. I would think the fact that they have to lie all the time in their actions would raise a red flag somewhere, but they simply don’t see it.

          Self delusion is a hell of a drug, and they drink deeply from it’s bottle.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Putz Pedophiles on parade,
        Here they come,
        Flippity floppity
        They’e here, they’re there
        Putz Pedophiles everywhere

    • Kelly Lape

      Don’t be fooled. The GOP is still filled with CREEPs.

    • boatboy_srq

      A systematic campaign which continues to assume either its targets or its base have an IQ around 60 and the collective memory of a fruit fly (I’m still unsure which group they think is more gullible and/or special-needs-intensive). The wilful incompetence is astonishing.

    • Reality.Bites

      Also the most amateur.

  • boatboy_srq

    PV: “hur hur hur libtards is stoo-“[WHACK]

  • coram nobis

    ‘Tis the season. It’s beginning to feel a lot like the War on Chriswallace.

  • Tawreos

    I get so pissed whenever I hear about O’Keefe. Mostly I am pissed that I think such a despicable dickhead is cute.

  • Ben in Oakland

    As always with the Far Right, projection is how they operate. In this case, because THEY would simply accept an unvetted storyvas gospel, they think everyone else is no better Than they are.

  • kareemachan

    Since when did Faux Noise develop a backbone? Or do they hate their competition?

  • BobSF_94117

    I assume they’re mocking him for failing, not for trying…

  • Orly

    As usual, that’s all these morons have: Lies and deception.

  • gaycuckhubby

    I’m still shaking mad about this.
    To lie about rape and abortion for political gain is insanely despicable

    • leastyebejudged

      That comment made me lol, thanks !

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Love how Fox Bitch still finds a way to throw not-at-all-subtle digs towards legitimate news outlets. Subtext is clearly not her strong suit. As for the rest of it, O’Keefe is dishonest, lying sack of putrid donkey shit.

  • pch1013

    Very fucking related: Moore has regained his lead.

  • robindaybird

    Remember, this guy tried to lure a reporter onto a boat full of sex toys and sail off so he can blackmail her.

  • leastyebejudged

    I’m just amazed that somebody hasn’t put a cap in O’Keefe’s ass yet. THAT says quite a bit about how civilized our country is.

  • Kruhn

    OT, but punching Nazis should be a national sport….