Two men who played key roles in the NPR fundraising sting in February have split with media trickster James O'Keefe. Simon Templar and Shaughn Adeleye, who posed as Muslim philanthropists and secretly recorded their conversations with NPR development execs, fault O'Keefe for selling them a "false bill of goods," according to the Daily Beast. The pair say they designed a far-reaching, well-researched operation that was to extend far beyond NPR, but O'Keefe was only interested in a "hit job."
"All he cared about was that he had people saying embarrassing stuff on video," Templar tells media critic Howard Kurtz. "I came to learn how desperate he was in terms of money and needing to rehabilitate his reputation."