Glenn Beck Backpedals Away From ACORN Pimp
He rips filmmaker as 'insanely stupid'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2010 4:54 AM CST
Updated Jan 28, 2010 6:37 AM CST
Talk show host Glenn Beck autographs copies of his best-selling book "The Christmas Sweater" at a book signing at the Hasting's bookstore in Tyler, Texas on Thursday Dec. 11, 2008.   (AP Photo/Dr. Scott M. Lieberman)

(Newser) – Onetime buddy Glenn Beck yesterday joined the ranks of conservatives distancing themselves from James O'Keefe, young right-wing hero turned suspected Watergate-style spy. O'Keefe, 25, and 3 cohorts were hit with felony telephone tampering charges when they were busted dressed as repairmen in Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans offices earlier this week. "If they were doing that, it's Watergate," Beck said yesterday.

"That's insanely stupid, and illegal—if it's true. I don't think you even go dressed up," added the outraged Beck. "It's a senator, for the love of Pete." Beck heavily promoted O'Keefe films in which he posed as a pimp to discredit the activist organization ACORN. A Fox editor this week referred glowingly to O'Keefe as the ACORN "gotcha" guy, and cautioned that the arrest should be examined "in context." Pat Buchanan and blogger Michelle Malkin also joined Beck yesterday in lambasting O'Keefe, notes the Los Angeles Times.