Al-Gore’s A-(hole)team of bat crazy hosts didn’t figure on a conservative getting pissed off enough to sue for being smeared with claims of being a ”convicted felon and been accused of rape.” This is going to be interesting following this open and shut case of defamation of character.
- On December 22, 2011, during a broadcast of his “Countdown” program on Current TV, Olbermann claimed that O’Keefe was a “convicted felon” on “federal parole after he was charged with [a] felony for attempting to maliciously interfere with Senator [Mary] Landrieu’s office telephone system in New Orleans.” In fact, O’Keefe had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of entering a federal building under false pretenses. The government stipulated that “further investigation did not uncover any evidence” that O’Keefe and his associates had intended “to actually tamper with the phone system, or to commit any other felony.” O’Keefe was not imprisoned and is not on parole.
- On February 24, 2012, Shuster–filling in for Olbermann–likewise claimed that O’Keefe is a “convicted felon.”
- On the same December 22, 2011 broadcast referenced above, Olbermann reported that O’Keefe was facing a complaint by Nadia Naffe, who accused O’Keefe of harassment. Olberman and his guest noted that Naffe had made no accusations of physical contact or allegations of rape against O’Keefe. The complaint had been dismissed the day before, on December 21, 2011.
- Regardless, on the February 24, 2012 broadcast, Shuster claimed that there is a “rape allegation facing…conservative activist…James O’Keefe.”