Report: O’Keefe took $100 from man claiming to be crack pipe dealer

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 15:10 EDT
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Conservative media prankster James O’Keefe accepted $100 from a man who claimed to be a crack pipe dealer during the RightOnline conference, according to a report in the notorious Buffalo Beast.

Of course, the man wasn’t really a crack pipe salesman: he’s Ian Murphy, the gonzo journalist who posed as billionaire David Koch in a phone call with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

In his latest coup, Murphy set up a fake conservative persona named Jay Mitchell Huntsman, after an alias used by the famous con-man James Hogue, then went trotting about the RightOnline conference in Minneapolis apparently out of curiosity.

His claim to fame: a fake conservative blog Murphy called Eagles, Guns & Eagle-Guns.

Then, he spotted O’Keefe. Playing off the fanboy angle, Murphy writes that he offered to buy him a meal, which O’Keefe accepted. As they walked together, Murphy told him about the Eagle-Guns blog, which O’Keefe pulled up on his phone.

“So you’re in construction?” he reportedly asked, looking at Murphy’s fake profile.

“Right,” he replied. “But that’s not where I get most of my money…”

That’s when it all unraveled. Murphy explained that he invested in a company that sells small glass tubes to convenience stores in low income, mainly black areas.

“Yeah, the–the blacks buy them together, remove the rose, insert the steel wool and use them to smoke crack…I figure it’s OK because they’re black and it’s, strictly speaking, not a crack pipe–but they are crack pipes,” Murphy said.

That was apparently enough to convince O’Keefe to bolt, declining the free meal — but before he could go, Murphy offered him $100 and urged him to “get yourself something good.”

“And he fucking took it,” Murphy wrote. “He took my crack pipe money, slipped it in his coat pocket, shook my hand and bolted back the way we came. I rode the elevator down to the first floor, cackling like an absolute madman. Best hundo I’ve ever spent.”

Raw Story reached out to O’Keefe for comment, but had not received a reply at time of this story’s publication.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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