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Navigators Fired, Suspended after Viral Video of Their Abuses

When James O’Keefe, the guerrilla videographer who has now exposed the Obama navigators, went after the corrupt “community organizing” group ACORN in 2009, he released videos showing its employees offering advice on running brothels and evading taxes. ACORN’s response was to claim (a) the tapes were edited (b) the incident was isolated and (c) it was letting go of the employees shown in the video. O’Keefe ultimately came out on top because he released all of the unedited raw footage he had taken and released other tapes from other ACORN offices that showed a pattern.

It will be interesting to see if that same pattern holds in the navigator scandal, which shows employees of the Urban League of Greater Dallas advising O’Keefe investigators on how to lie and cheat in order to score Obamacare subsidies or lower their insurance premiums.

Part of the pattern is repeating itself. Last night, the Urban League fired one employee and suspended three others. It said in a statement it  “does not condone, nor would we ever sanction, misleading the public or any individual who seeks our assistance about any issue, and particularly in this case, an issue as critical as health care.”

At the same time it claimed the video was misleading because “the full context of these comments is not reflected in the video.”

I’m told the full video will be made available by O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, but that the problems with the navigators may be just beginning. Apparently, O’Keefe plans to follow his ACORN model and release other videos showing navigator abuses in other cities thus demonstrating that problems with the $67 million federal program are far from isolated. Stay tuned.

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