James O'Keefe, Libel Hunter

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Feb. 29 2012 12:36 PM

James O'Keefe, Libel Hunter

Last week, Current TV teased a bombshell story: There was a new "rape allegation" against James O'Keefe, from a woman who claimed to have been harassed as she worked with the video journalist. In the broadcast, David Schuster referred to O'Keefe as a "convicted felon." But there were problems with the story. There was no rape allegation. O'Keefe was not and is not a "felon."

A few days after the broadcast, O'Keefe tweeted a warning:

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The warning hung in the ether for days. Finally, after 1 a.m. last night, Schuster tweeted a response.

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It was too late. O'Keefe was about to file a complaint; I've posted the complaint here.

O'Keefe vs. Current

Note the scare quotes around "news," and read the transcript of Naffe's encounter.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. You can reach him at daveweigel@gmail.com, or tweet at him @daveweigel.