Brad Friedman (Bradblog) on conservative journalists' arrests for phone tampering

02/03/10 Robert Lorei
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According to the Washington Post, the conservative activist accused last week in a plot to tamper with telephones in the office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) admitted to the scheme Friday, conceding that he "could have used a different approach" in trying to determine whether she was avoiding calls from opponents of the health-care reform bill.

Federal prosecutors allege that James O'Keefe helped carry out a plot in which two friends impersonated telephone repairmen to get access to Landrieu's office in downtown New Orleans. O'Keefe, 25, waited inside the office and used his cellphone to record his two colleagues saying that the senator's phone was not receiving calls, according to charges unsealed Tuesday.

O'Keefe, who is charged with entering federal property on false pretenses, said in a statement Friday that he undertook the project "as an investigative journalist."

O'Keefe became a hero to some conservatives last fall when he conducted a hidden-camera exposé targeting the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Posing as a pimp, he captured several employees on tape appearing to give him advice on concealing his illegal prostitution business. ACORN officials have said he doctored some of the tapes to make the liberal-leaning organization look bad.

Our guest today is Brad Friedman of, who has been writing about the O'Keefe arrest.

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