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James O'Keefe: Reporters are stenographers, damage-controllers, and opinionators--but not diggers

Written By mista sense on Sunday, March 13, 2011 | 6:10 PM

James O'Keefe interviewed by Howard Kurtz this morning on CNN.

Meanwhile, the Baltimore Sun's great TV critic, David Zurawik, takes note MSM hypocrisy on the issue of surreptitious video- and audio recording.  As Z observes, the broadcast networks do it all the time, on shows such as "Sixty Minutes" and "Dateline."

And the Sun-man, who was initially critical of O'Keefe's tactics, admits that he is coming around to that kind of journalism.

I am starting to believe that such techniques of hidden cameras and microphones might be one of the only ways to get at the lies some people in the media tell us. I am not yet saying they are ethically acceptable, but rather that they are one of the only techniques that have proven effective with media and political liars.

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