James O'Keefe to New York Times reporter: 'How can I be sure you'll be objective and accurate?'

The New York Times Magazine
When Zev Chafets met James O'Keefe to profile him, the provocateur known for his undercover video stings of ACORN and NPR said, "You’re from The New York Times ... How can I be sure you’ll be objective and accurate?” The journalist responded, “The same way I can be sure you’re not filming this conversation." Chafets writes, "O’Keefe assured me that he would never do such a thing. I assured him that my article would be a model of journalistic rectitude. I think it is fair to say that neither of us was fully convinced, then or in our subsequent encounters." || Related: The Blaze's Scott Baker says the key question about O'Keefe's sting videos is, "Is it okay to tell any lie if it creates an outcome that you find enlightening or amusing?" || Earlier: What James O'Keefe knows about media

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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