Conservative video provocateur James O'Keefe filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Keith Olbermann, his Countdown guest host David Shuster, and their employer Current TV, for saying he'd been convicted of a felony and accused of rape. It must be infinitely frustrating to Shuster, who actually made the error, that he was close -- O'Keefe was arrested on felony charges (later pleading guilty to a misdemeanor) and accused of harassment. But that's not what Shuster said.*
Andrew Breitbart's Big Journalism broke the story that the activist-videographer filed a defamation suit in New Jersey against all three on Wednesday. O'Keefe, whose undercover recording of ACORN employees giving advice to an apparent pimp ran on the debut of Breitbart's Big Government in 2009, has a comfortable relationship with Breitbart, who reportedly pays him a salary for his video work. Breitbart and Olbermann have been feuding recently over their respective coverage of rapes at Occupy Wall Street.
Slate reported the tick-tock, pointing to Current's story tease last week about a "rape allegation" against "convicted felon" O'Keefe, and highlighted a tweet from O'Keefe threatening to sue. Shuster, who was the one who actually mentioned the "rape allegation facing ... conservative activist ... James O'Keefe" in a Feb. 24 broadcast, apologized in a tweet around 1 a.m. Wednesday, clarifying that O'Keefe hadn't been convicted, but O'Keefe had already filed suit.