Kurtz goes after documantary film maker who exposes liberal deceit
Here is the comment:
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: If Washington, D.C. continues fracking, America will be energy efficient, and then they won't need our oil anymore. And you're in with us on this, right?
ED BEGLEY JR.: Oh, yes. Only where the money comes from.
Not exactly sure how this how this this discredits the whole point of the video which is that the people named were asked if they would agree to make an anti-fracking movie that would be funded by a middle east oil company. He even said the middle east oil company only wanted to eliminate fracking so the U.S. couldn't become energy independent and they would need middle east oil. The above named, particulary Josh Stickell, talked about the need to keep the funding a secret. The celebrities said it didn't matter where the funding came from.
In his interview with Mariel Hemingway, aside from criticizing Okeefe for taking comments out of context through his editing, he aslo calls the video a scam and refers to the taping as surreptitious.
During the interview Kurtz has an overtly sympathetic and friendly posture with Hemingway even as he asks her: You just played along? Refering to the undercover actor who let her know that a middle east oil company would be funding the film for the purpose keeping america dependent on middle east oil. Hemingway dances around the question and Kurtz doesn't press her. Kurtz mentions that Okeefe believes that this film reveals hypocrisy for agreeing to receive middle east oil money, while going out of his way to say she wouldn't be getting any of the money and pauses for a response. All she does is say she is not a film maker so who is she to go telling people about where the money is coming from and that she didn't know she was being taped.
How about this question: Do you think there was anything wrong with them accepting middle east oil money to make the anti-fracking film and then conspiring to keep it a secret?
In her interview with Howard Kurtz she gives an impression of this lunch meeting that seems to be a bit misleading. She acts like the whole thing was just 'weird', but in watching the tape, the others seem to take it very seriously
Mariel Hemingway set up the meeting but she did not seem to be a major player in the discussion. That seemed to be Josh Tickell, the producer who clearly acknowledges the reason the middle east oil company is funding this as well as the need to keep it a secret. Any good and objective reporter would have asked Hemingway about those comments, but not Kurtz.
Kurtz just continues the friendly discussion saying "It sounds like a bad Hollywood movie" and ends the segment by saying his problem with O'keefe is that he uses deception in a way that undermines his case. Somebody tell Howard Kurtz that is called undercover reporting and he couldn't have made the case with out it. Neither could he have made the case about acorn.