USA Today has a long piece (3/17/11) by Martha Moore about video hoax artist James O'Keefe's NPR project. The article does a pretty good job ofrunning down thedeceptions inO'Keefe's video. That's good. This, however, is not:
The video follows a long, if not always honorable, tradition of muckraking exposés. It also is a stepchild to the political tactic of tracking an opponent with video until a gaffe occurs, then capitalizing on it. The sting's impact was magnified by the quick dissemination-without-scrutiny that is a hallmark of Internet-driven media.
O'Keefe's video has nothing to do with muckraking. And please don't blame the Internet for the fact that journalistsapparently can't be bothered to care whethera source is reliable.
That's annoying. But this part is at least somewhat amusing:
O'Keefe's tactics combine "the guerrilla of Borat, the gotcha of DatelineÃƒÆ’Â¢ÃƒÂ¢”Å¡Â¬Ãƒâ€šÂ¦and the gonzo approach of Hunter S. Thompson," O'Keefe said in an interview.
I hope if I'm ever profiled by USA Today, I'll get tosing my own praiseslike that.