O'Keefe's efforts to lure a CNN reporter into a videotaped sex den have rightly been ridiculed as laughable. Except for one thing. "Laughable" diminishes how truly scuzzy it was, because James O'Keefe is not a boy. He's an adult. On parole.
By now it's clear what Breitbart is selling. The real question is why the mainstream media and Democratic politicians bought it. Breitbart is a con artist, but con artists only succeed if consumers don't know they are being conned -- or don't care.
These pranks employed the most state-of-the-art PR and marketing tools, were engineered by the most pedigreed pranksters on earth, and impacted the media and public opinion in far-reaching ways while leaving nary a fingerprint.
I don't really care about CPAC during the Olympics cycle, but like a horrific car-crash featuring asphalt liberally -- yeah, liberally -- smeared with brains and viscera, I can't tear my eyes away from it either.
Would Buckley even recognize "conservative journalism" today, where pundits rush to broadcast their childish Obama taunts and sloppy P.T. Barnums like Andrew Breitbart encourage a new generation of "journalists" to skirt the law?