What’s nastier than the latest thug-ugly video by rightwing dirty trickster James O’Keefe? The rousing endorsement his smear of a nationally recognized public school teacher got from New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a GOP 2012 presidential possible who really, really hates the teachers’ union.
O’Keefe, if you remember, is the young, pimp-costumed, self-designated "investigative journalist" whose deceptively edited tapes of ACORN employees led to the antipoverty organization’s demise earlier this year. After he and some pals went on to break into Democratic senator Mary Landrieu’s New Orleans office, O’Keefe was sentenced to three years on probation for entering federal property under false pretenses. Some of us thought we’d seen the last of the creep when his alleged plan to punk a CNN reporter by seducing her on a boat filled with sex paraphernalia blew up in his face. Even O’Keefe sponsor and Shirley Sherrod baiter Andrew Breitbart demurred at that one, writing, "James owes [CNN] a candid and public explanation."
But Breitbart, along with former US Attorney Christie, stand by their federally convicted man’s latest misogynistic video, "Teachers Unions Gone Wild." The idea was to catch teachers at a New Jersey Education Association conference saying dumb stuff to "prove" they’re arrogant greed-meisters who don’t care about their students (something Governor Christie shamelessly tells students directly).
One guy in O’Keefe’s crew, still too shy to publicly identify himself, secretly taped 38-year-old Passaic special education teacher Alissa Ploshnick for more than two hours, plying her with drinks the whole time. The mission: get her to say that even the worst tenured teachers can’t be fired. And in fact, she expressed her dismay that a colleague who once called a student the N-word "has been demoted, but is still teaching." To quote that teacher, Ploshnick used the N-word herself. O’Keefe later ambushed her outside her home to ask, "Have you ever referred to a student as the N-word, or has anybody you know referred to a student as the N-word?"
Rather than defend Ploshnick, her school district took a leaf from Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack’s spineless book and suspended her for nine days and denied her a pay raise. The worst part, Ploshnick said, is "I felt like I was raped,” and now "being always on guard." (See an interview of her below.)