"Stinger: James O’Keefe’s Greatest Hits" - Zev Chafets - New York Times Magazine

"Stinger: James O’Keefe’s Greatest Hits" - Zev Chafets - New York Times Magazine

by: Zev Chafets | publication date: July 27, 2011 | Publication: The New York Times |

"The temperature was hovering near 90 degrees on the afternoon of Memorial Day when James O'Keefe III emerged from the woods and ambled over to my car. He was tall and thin, with pale skin and matted reddish hair. When his mug shot ran in the papers, some people told him he looked like Matthew Modine. Others said Lee Harvey Oswald. On the day I met him, he wore muddy work boots, filthy jeans and, despite the heat, a long-sleeved shirt. “Keeps the mosquitoes off,” he said. All day he was in the outback of a regional park just west of the Hudson, breaking rocks with a pickax to construct a trail. As a boy he was an Eagle Scout, but this wasn’t a nature project. O’Keefe, the man whose video stings helped take down high-ranking people at National Public Radio and led to the demise of Acorn, the nation’s biggest grass-roots community organizing group, was doing federal time. . ."

A lengthy profile of O'Keefe in the wake of a misdemeanor charge of entering federal property under false pretenses.

Access to online material.