Sree Sreenivasan

@sree

@Columbia Chief Digital Officer * @ColumbiaJourn prof * @CNETNews blogger: http://bit.ly/sreetips * tech evangelist AND skeptic * sree@sree.net

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If you don't recognize this guy, his best known appearance is as a pimp.... 11ish am today, James O'Keefe, the guy whose undercover videos did damage to ACORN and NPR, showed up at my office hours at Columbia Journalism School, camera rolling. He wanted to ask about his recent entanglements with my colleague Dale Maharidge (Google it) and to make other allegations. So halfway through, I started videotaping him on my iPhone. After he was done with me, I should have kept rolling, because they get to the exit and find they can't open it. He says, "Have they locked us in?" Turns out they were pulling the door instead of pushing it.

Last week, he had posted something on Facebook, tagging me, trying to goad me into responding. This time, he took the next step.

I wish he'd shown up in his pimp or fake Middle Easterner costumes.

I'll post the video soon. - @sree

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898 days ago

If you don't recognize this guy, his best known appearance is as a pimp.... 11ish am today, James O'Keefe, the guy whose undercover videos did damage to ACORN and NPR, showed up at my office hours at Columbia Journalism School, camera rolling. He wanted to ask about his recent entanglements with my colleague Dale Maharidge (Google it) and to make other allegations. So halfway through, I started videotaping him on my iPhone. After he was done with me, I should have kept rolling, because they get to the exit and find they can't open it. He says, "Have they locked us in?" Turns out they were pulling the door instead of pushing it.

Last week, he had posted something on Facebook, tagging me, trying to goad me into responding. This time, he took the next step.

I wish he'd shown up in his pimp or fake Middle Easterner costumes.

I'll post the video soon. -

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kathryneblclibe 876 days ago

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linderella2929 885 days ago

Sree, Saw this on wonkette! Great job! You are my hero!

Cat_Warren 894 days ago

Thanks, Sree! Dale has been a dear friend and colleague for decades, as well as a brilliant teacher and journalist. He was horrified by O'Keefe's actions. Nicely handled.

MsPacNWer 894 days ago

I recently read that this wanna-be-pimp still lives with his mommy & daddy. Wanna bet he films porno flicks of himself in their basement? ;0)

danvonderembse 894 days ago

It wasn't a door, it was an intelligence test.

penceinmypants 895 days ago

This is fantastic. Unserious people like this clown should be handled accordingly. Nicely done.

FGFM 895 days ago

Looks like he stole that mic from pets.com!

mjenkins 898 days ago

From this, it sounds like Sree did answer questions. How about we save our conclusions until we know?

llamorama 898 days ago

Besides, office hours are for students, not "journalists"...

llamorama 898 days ago

- He's not complaining, or afraid, he's merely relating the story. With leaps like that...

Tracelator 898 days ago

How dare he commit an act of journalism during your office hours!

DC_Wash 898 days ago

Hey Sree, whats the big deal? Afraid to answer a few questions???