KEYPORT, N.J. (AP) — Conservative activist James O'Keefe, known for his hidden-camera videos, refused to be videotaped when he spoke to a tea party group in central New Jersey, a newspaper reported.
O'Keefe, who's from the state, asked event organizers to tell a videographer from the Asbury Park Press that he didn't want his speech recorded Thursday in Bayshore. The newspaper did write about his talk.
O'Keefe has recorded videos that embarrassed organizations including ACORN, Planned Parenthood and National Public Radio. News analysts have said the NPR video was misleadingly edited to showcase inflammatory remarks from an executive. It led to the resignation last week of both the executive and of NPR's president and CEO.
O'Keefe's representative, Kevin McVicker, declined to comment Friday but said he would contact O'Keefe to see whether he wanted to issue a statement about why he wouldn't be recorded.
In a video the newspaper posted on its website, two Bayshore tea party members inform the videographer that O'Keefe told them he did not want the speech videotaped, but would allow still photos to be taken. When the videographer objects, the two tell him he could ask to film an interview with O'Keefe after he concluded his speech, and O'Keefe would then decide whether he wanted to do that.
About 100 people attended the group's $50-a-plate fundraiser at the Ye Cottage Inn in Keyport. During his speech, the 26-year-old O'Keefe told the audience that "moral indignation" is the strongest force in politics, and that's the reason why his videos have been so effective.
"What I do is expose things for what they are. I show that a triangle has three sides. And I do it on video camera," he said. "What we do is we outrage people by what we show them to be true, and that is more powerful than any type of spin."
O'Keefe has gained national attention for his hidden-camera videos. Critics have blasted O'Keefe's work and his methods, claiming his videos are heavily edited and quotes are taken out of context. But he disputes that, saying his group has released full transcripts and uncut videos of various incidents.
Information from: Asbury Park Press, http://www.app.com
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