FAKE RIGHT-WING PIMP SCHEMES TO SEDUCE REAL CNN REPORTER…. The problem isn’t that there are far-right activists who engage in their brand of “investigative journalism.” The problem is that these activists appear to be idiots.

CNN, for example, is working on a documentary called, “Right On The Edge,” intended to highlight the work of young right-wing activists and their larger collective efforts. Part of the project involved reaching out to a man who famously pretended to be a pimp, and who apparently had quite a scheme in mind for CNN.

A conservative activist known for making undercover videos plotted to embarrass a CNN correspondent by recording a meeting on hidden cameras aboard a floating “palace of pleasure” and making sexually suggestive comments, e-mails and a planning document show.

James O’Keefe, best known for hitting the community organizing group ACORN with an undercover video sting, hoped to get CNN Investigative Correspondent Abbie Boudreau onto a boat filled with sexually explicit props and then record the session, those documents show.

The plan apparently was thwarted after Boudreau was warned minutes before it was supposed to happen.

The story is so remarkable, it reads like bad fiction. Boudreau reached out to O’Keefe, who was planning to star in a music video, and who was considering CNN’s request to cover the filming of the video. O’Keefe set up a meeting with Boudreau in August, and asked that she meet him alone. Boudreau was led to believe they’d talk in his office, and she flew to Baltimore.

When she got there, Izzy Santa, who helps run O’Keefe’s investigative journalism project, explained that O’Keefe had set up the meeting for a boat, where he would try to seduce Boudreau.

CNN later obtained a copy of a 13-page document titled “CNN Caper,” which appears to describe O’Keefe’s detailed plans for that day. […]

[I]n a phone conversation, Santa confirmed the document was authentic. Listed under “equipment needed,” is “hidden cams on the boat,” and a “tripod and overt recorder near the bed, an obvious sex tape machine.”

Among the props listed were a “condom jar, dildos, posters and paintings of naked women, fuzzy handcuffs” and a blindfold.

As part of the scheme, O’Keefe would reportedly record a video on the boat, explaining his intention to “have a little fun,” adding, “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.”

James O’Keefe, the future of conservative political activism.

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