James O’Keefe issued a statement today about his arrest after a visit to Senator Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office. He says the reports circulating that he and two others were trying to shut down or cut her phone lines are not true. He also says he taped the entire visit and authorities have that tape.
Here is his statement as printed at BigGovernment:
The government has now confirmed what has always been clear: No one
tried to wiretap or bug Senator Landrieu’s office. Nor did we try to
cut or shut down her phone lines. Reports to this effect over the past
48 hours are inaccurate and false.
As an investigative journalist, my goal is to expose corruption and
lack of concern for citizens by government and other institutions, as I
did last year when our investigations revealed the massive corruption
and fraud perpetrated by ACORN. For decades, investigative journalists
have used a variety of tactics to try to dig out and reveal the truth.
I learned from a number of sources that many of Senator Landrieu’s
constituents were having trouble getting through to her office to tell
her that they didn’t want her taking millions of federal dollars in
exchange for her vote on the healthcare bill. When asked about this,
Senator Landrieu’s explanation was that, “Our lines have been jammed
for weeks.” I decided to investigate why a representative of the
people would be out of touch with her constituents for “weeks” because
her phones were broken. In investigating this matter, we decided to
visit Senator Landrieu’s district office – the people’s office – to ask
the staff if their phones were working.
On reflection, I could have used a different approach to this
investigation, particularly given the sensitivities that people
understandably have about security in a federal building. The sole
intent of our investigation was to determine whether or not Senator
Landrieu was purposely trying to avoid constituents who were calling to
register their views to her as their Senator. We video taped the
entire visit, the government has those tapes, and I’m eager for them to
be released because they refute the false claims being repeated by much
of the mainstream media.
It has been amazing to witness the journalistic malpractice
committed by many of the organizations covering this story. MSNBC
falsely claimed that I violated a non-existent “gag order.” The
Associated Press incorrectly reported that I “broke in” to an office
which is open to the public. The Washington Post has now had to print
corrections in two stories on me. And these are just a few examples of
inaccurate and false reporting. The public will judge whether
reporters who can’t get their facts straight have the credibility to
question my integrity as a journalist.
I’m wishing James the very best outcome. He and Hannah Giles accomplished heroic acts by exposing the graft and corruption of various ACORN offices across the US.