MSNBC anchor Norah O’Donnell suggested a pair of conservative filmmakers who secretly recorded ACORN workers giving them tax advice on how to run a brothel may be guilty of a serious crime during a recent on-air segment about the explosive videos.
“This might be viewed as entrapment,” she said on MSNBC’s early news program “Morning Joe” on Tuesday morning. “That some conservative activists used hidden cameras in order to get this stuff on camera.”
James O’Keefe, the young man who posed as a pimp seeking federal funds through ACORN to run a prostitution ring in the videos, has already been threatened with lawsuits to which he defiantly replied, “bring it on” on Fox News. When asked about the possibility of “entrapment” raised by Mrs. O’Donnell he dismissed it just as forcefully.
“Any fool knows a private citizen can’t entrap someone, Mr. O’Keefe said in email to the Washington Times. “Entrapment has two requirements. First, it must be done by a law enforcement agent. Second, the person being entrapped must agree to commit an offense which it otherwise would have been unlikely to commit. I’m obviously not an agent of the Government. And the video speaks for itself on the second requirement.”