Wednesday's Rick's List, CNN's Rick Sanchez implied that Fox News
played some kind of part in James O'Keefe's attempted "punk" of
correspondent Abbie Boudreau: "The same right-wing videographer,
who entrapped and embarrassed innocent people in the past, tries it
again- this time on a CNN correspondent....How could he try something so
stupid, and what was Fox News's role?" [audio clip available here]
made this parting shot at his longstanding nemesis on the last prime
time edition of his show, as the 8 pm time slot on CNN is being taken
over on October 4 by a new program featuring former New York governor
and "Client Number Nine" Eliot Spitzer and pseudo-conservative Kathleen
Parker. The anchor raised his implying question about the apparent
"role" of Fox News during the lead-in to his program. Instead of making a
direct accusation against Fox News, as he did in the aftermath of the murders of three Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania police officers in April 2009, he replayed an earlier interview with Boudreau from the top of the 4 pm Eastern hour of his program.
the beginning of the interview, Sanchez stated that O'Keefe "that took
down a liberal group, ACORN, by ambushing them and presenting them in an
unfair light after his video was shown endless times on Fox News."
Unfair light? The "liberal group," as the anchor correctly describe
them, had already been under investigation for illegal activity. As CNN itself reported in October 2008,
authorities in Nevada conducted a raid on the organization's
headquarters in Las Vegas as part of an investigation into voter
registration fraud (though anchor Kiran Chetry referred to ACORN as
merely a "non-profit group"). Speaking of unfair, how about the time Sanchez highlighted an unsubstantiated quote of Rush Limbaugh?
CNN anchor only directly mentioned his competitor by name during the
segment during the beginning, but one of his later questions led to
Boudreau mentioning them and their possible involvement. Thirty-three
minutes into the hour, Sanchez brought up the document that O'Keefe and
one of his collaborators made in the process of planning their "punk" of
the CNN correspondent, which was subsequently leaked to the network.
Though the 13-page document apparently didn't specifically mention Fox
News, Boudreau named them as one of their possible "allies" in the
SANCHEZ: Let's go to the second part of
the document. In the document- and there we're seeing James O'Keefe- he-
does the document explain why he had planned to do this? What his M.O.
was for us here as a network at CNN?
BOUDREAU: Okay, and just to
be clear, this document- at the very beginning of the document, it says
written by- and it's one of James' mentors and one of his fellow
activists- under activist, it lists James' name. Now, James would have
been the person who acted out this entire punk. James has said in a
statement that he knows about the document, but I'll just go ahead and
read his e-mail to us-
BOUDREAU: It says,
'That is not my work product. When it was sent to me, I immediately
found certain elements highly objectionable and inappropriate, and did
not consider them for one minute following it.' But our reporting will
show- and we'll reveal all the details in our documentary- that appears
not to be true.
SANCHEZ: So he was- at least your reporting seems to indicate that he was in on it.
BOUDREAU: Yes. You asked about the first part-
Okay. Yes. In on what? What was the M.O.? What did they plan to do with
this video they're going to have on you and him inside this boat?
BOUDREAU: Okay. Well, that is unclear. But that was all in the second part of the document.
first part of the document that you are asking about is about how to
punk CNN into reporting a false story, either about Sarah Palin or about
the Tea Party movement. And what they would then do is give their
allies or their 'friendly's,' as they called them in the document, which
would be FOX News-
heads-up, that CNN is about to report a fake story so that they could-
quote, 'pounce on CNN and undercut CNN's credibility'- and that was the
first part of the document. It was very detailed about how that plan was
supposed to go down.