Champions call him a muckraking journalist. Critics say he’s an unethical trickster. Love him or hate him, conservative-leaning investigative filmmaker James O’Keefe, 26, creates content that attracts buzz.
He’s behind the undercover video of an NPR official taking potshots at the Tea Party that helped trigger the resignation of two NPR executives in March. Earlier, O’Keefe exposed corruption in the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which led to the federal government cutting off funding for the now-defunct group.
O’Keefe now publishes his work with Project Veritas, a nonprofit he runs. He refers to himself as a “community organizer” of citizen journalists, a jab at President Barack Obama’s pre-public office career.
One thing O’Keefe prides himself on is posting raw, unedited video after releasing the edited stories that make him popular and controversial. In that vein, here are some unedited comments from the self-described muckraker; he discusses his philosophy, his agenda, and his gripe with traditional media