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Breitbart And Shuster Battle On-Air Over O’Keefe

MSNBC’s David Shuster just battled with Big Government’s Andrew Breitbart on-air over the arrest of James O’Keefe and friends for allegedly trying to tamper with the phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office.

Breitbart attacked Shuster and MSNBC for “slandering” O’Keefe by saying he had wiretapped Landrieu’s phones and demanded Shuster retract the wiretapping claim, which he did. He also attacked Shuster for tweeting that O’Keefe “intended to tap [Landrieu’s] phones.”

The interview quickly turned into a shouting match about journalism ethics. Hat tip: TPM LiveWire
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Filmmaker Who Broke ACORN Story Arrested For Attempted Bugging Of Landrieu’s Office

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A conservative activist who posed as a pimp to target the community-organizing group ACORN and the son of a federal prosecutor were among four people arrested by the FBI and accused of trying to interfere with phones at Sen. Mary Landrieu’s office.

Activist James O’Keefe, 25, was already in Landrieu’s New Orleans office Monday when Robert Flanagan and Joseph Basel, both 24, showed up claiming to be telephone repairmen, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s office said Tuesday. Letten says O’Keefe recorded the two with his cell phone.

In the reception area, Flanagan, the son of acting U.S. Attorney Bill Flanagan in Shreveport, and Basel asked for access to the main phone at the reception desk.

After handling the phone, Letten’s office said, they asked for access to a phone closet so they could work on the main phone system. The men were directed to another office in the building, where they are accused of again misrepresenting themselves as telephone repairmen.

They were arrested later by the U.S. Marshal’s Service. Details of the arrest were not available. A fourth man, Stan Dai, 24, was also arrested, but Letten’s office said only that he assisted the others in planning, coordinating and preparing the operation.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)

Federal officials did not say why the men wanted to interfere with Landrieu’s phones or whether they were successful. Landrieu, a moderate Democrat, declined comment Tuesday. She has been in the news recently because she negotiated an increase in Medicaid funds for her state before announcing her support for Senate health care legislation.

Bill Flanagan’s office confirmed his son was among those arrested, but declined further comment.

An FBI criminal complaint charging the men was unsealed Tuesday, and a magistrate set bond at $10,000 each after they made their initial court appearances wearing red prison jumpsuits.

Much more on the breaking story @ TPM

UPDATE: What Is The Pelican Institute?

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Rachel Maddow: The Truth About ACORN Series (Part Five)

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This is the fifth segment of a series that The Rachel Maddow Show will be telling the truth about the lies about ACORN and the right-wing political machine that took them down.

Continuing a TRMS Investigates series, Rachel profiles notorious lobbyist Rick Berman whose nefarious clients now include the ACORN smear campaign.

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Rachel Maddow: The Truth About ACORN Series (Part Four)

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This is the fourth segment of a series that The Rachel Maddow Show will be telling the truth about the lies about ACORN and the right-wing political machine that took them down.

Continuing a TRMS Investigates series, Rachel Maddow is joined by Occidental College political professor Peter Dreier to explore how right-wing activists are turning their sights on the Service employees International Union following their smear of ACORN.

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Manipulating the Public Agenda: Why ACORN Was In the News, and What the News Got Wrong
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Rachel Maddow: The Truth About ACORN Series (Part Three)

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This is the third segment of a series that The Rachel Maddow Show will be telling the truth about the lies about ACORN and the right-wing political machine that took them down.

Tonight’s guest is David Iglesias, the former U.S. Attorney for New Mexico who was fired for failing to help Republicans by prosecuting ACORN’S alleged instances of voter fraud. He is also the author of “In Justice: Inside the Scandal That Rocked the Bush Administration.”

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Rachel Maddow: The Truth About ACORN Series (Part One)

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The Rachel Maddow ShowThis is the first segment of a series that The Rachel Maddow Show will be telling the truth about the lies about ACORN and the right-wing political machine that took them down.

Rachel Maddow is joined by Occidental College politics professor Peter Dreier, who authored a study on how myths about ACORN were manufactured and how easily the mainstream media – not just the right wing media – was led into reporting falsehoods.

Manipulating the Public Agenda: Why ACORN Was In the News, and What the News Got Wrong
Study authors: Peter Dreier, Ph.D. and Christopher R. Martin, Ph.D.
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Rachel Maddow: The Truth About ACORN Series (Part Two)

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The Rachel Maddow ShowThis is the second segment of a series that The Rachel Maddow Show will be telling the truth about the lies about ACORN and the right-wing political machine that took them down.

Rachel Maddow is joined by Jeremy Scahill, author and correspondent for The Nation, to look at government contractors whoa re guilty of far worse than ACORN and yet have suffered none of the persecution in the media or Congress. What’s really behind the attacks on ACORN?

More about Scahill’s book entitled Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army

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