James O'Keefe, the ACORN-stinging fake pimp, had a novel idea on how to derail CNN's Abbie Boudreau documentary about young right-wing activists like him: seduce her and make a blackmail-ready sex tape. Wait til you hear about his planned moves.
Boudreau, an investigative reporter, was tipped off by a rogue member of O'Keefe's organization that he planned to turn a professional meeting into a seduction on a boat. Although this plan required some confidence in O'Keefe's irresistibility, he had reinforcements ready:
There's nothing that gets a woman in the mood more than Viagra and 80s songs "that are particularly James."
This is the script Keefe was supposed to read from before the correspondent was to gratefully fall into his arms, according to a document CNN obtained:
I've been approached by CNN for an interview where I know what their angle is: they want to portray me and my friends as crazies, as non-journalists, as unprofessional and likely as homophobes, racists or bigots of some sort…"
"Instead, I've decided to have a little fun. Instead of giving her a serious interview, I'm going to punk CNN. Abbie has been trying to seduce me to use me, in order to spin a lie about me. So, I'm going to seduce her, on camera, to use her for a video. This bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who comes on at five will get a taste of her own medicine, she'll get seduced on camera and you'll get to see the awkwardness and the aftermath."
Even for a young man with as long a record for public douchebaggery as O'Keefe has, this is staggering. There is zero evidence that Boudreau had been "trying to seduce" O'Keefe. There is plenty of evidence that he was trying to trap her in the crudest, most sexist way possible.
This is the part where it straight-up sounds like O'Keefe had a blueprint for date rape:
"As the operation is going on, James will have to adapt and adjust to her mood and her reaction. If she is pulling away, withdraw and pull her back in. If she's unsure, comfort her and reassure her. Vacillate between somewhat serious interview and the come-hither persona as needed in order to confuse her judgment and also keep her on the boat."
O'Keefe and his associates also had a plan for if and when the plan backfired:
If they go on the attack, you should point out the hypocrisy in CNN using the inherent sexuality of these women to sell viewers and for ratings, passing up more esteemed and respectable journalists who aren't bubble-headed bleach blondes and keep the focus on CNN."
Clearly, it's impossible to be a "bleach blonde" and an "esteemed and respectable journalist." (Someone alert two of the three network news anchors.) And the best way to defend yourself against charges of misogynistic sexual entrapment is to... pretend you give a shit about the sexualization of women in the public sphere?
Boudreau is well aware of the implications. She wrote on her blog,
As a woman in the news industry you have to be tough. I have always had to work harder than my male counterparts to be taken seriously and to be treated with respect. As a woman in the news industry you have to ignore all of the silly talk from your managers about the clothes you should wear on-air or what color your hair should be. I have had my share of conversations like that, and to be honest, it stings. I'm left wondering, "When will my work stand on its own? Why does this always have to be part of the conversation?"
Good questions, even in the visual medium of television news. As for using Boudreau's hair color to impugn her, she wrote, "They don't know anything about my work ethic, my history, my dedication and commitment –- and my love for reporting. They just saw my blonde hair. And the ironic thing is that I'm really a brunette."
Blonde or brunette, apparently all it takes to destroy a woman in the eyes of "young conservative activists" is a dildo and a ceiling mirror.