The Advocate may be winning the NOLA newspaper war, but I found this headline to be annoying and even irksome:
Gonzo journalist charged in Landrieu caper confronts Letten
On his most recent visit to New Orleans, O’Keefe was among a group of
at least six people, armed with video equipment, who showed up
Wednesday at Letten’s Old Metairie house.
O’Keefe, 29, was looking
for Letten, who wasn’t home. But Letten’s wife, JoAnn, was. O’Keefe
pressed his case with her, saying he needed to speak with the man that
prosecuted him “for a crime that he ‘did not commit,’ ” according to the
police report. He also offered her a copy of his book — a memoir
titled “Breakthrough: Our Guerrilla War to Expose Fraud and Save
Democracy” — to give to her husband. She told sheriff deputies she
refused to take it and noticed a camera pointed toward her from inside a
vehicle as she shut the door.
After leaving the Letten home,
O’Keefe and at least five others then moved on to Tulane University,
Letten’s alma mater, where Letten now serves as assistant dean for
experiential learning at the law school, after resigning as U.S.
attorney in December following an online posting scandal that involved
two of his top lieutenants.
Letten, a Republican, had recused
himself from the Landrieu case because the father of one of the charged
men was a federal prosecutor whom Letten knew. But O’Keefe was intent on
confronting the former U.S. attorney anyway, tracking him down on the
Tulane campus and accusing him of “ruining my life,” a source with
knowledge of the incident said.
By now, Letten was aware of
O’Keefe’s visit to his home. Furious, he unleashed a loud verbal tirade
on O’Keefe. He also alerted various law enforcement authorities,
including the FBI and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
to a Tulane police report, O’Keefe and the others were “issued
restricted presence letters” — basically an order to clear off — and
escorted off campus. No arrests were made.
I’m really not sure how this qualifies as “Gonzo journalism” other than the fact that O’Keefer is a muppet. He’s really more of a troll or a stalker. Hunter S Thompson wasn’t into ambushing people’s spouses, he was into target practice, doing copious amounts of drugs, and writing insane accounts of his adventures.
If HST could see this headline at the Advocate’s web site, he’d be spinning in his grave or, more likely, shooting at his coffin lid if indeed he was planted 6 feet under.
Repeat after me: Thompson, Gonzo. O’Keefe, troll.