Mr. O’Keefe, 25, ...and three other men... were arrested and charged with a federal felony, accused of seeking to tamper with the office telephone system of Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Democrat of Louisiana. Two of them were impersonating repairmen in the senator’s New Orleans office and were caught after being asked for identification. Mr. O’Keefe said Friday that the four men had been trying to determine whether Ms. Landrieu was avoiding constituent complaints about the Senate health care bill after her phone system was jammed in December. (Her office said no calls had been intentionally avoided.) On reflection, he said in a statement, “I could have used a different approach to this investigation.”It's funny, right? I mean, you're suspicious that a Senator is lying about "phone problems" and so you dress up as phone repairmen and ask the staff what problems they're having with the phones. If you're lucky, you catch them saying "we're not having problems." Hilarious. But it's not journalism, is it? It's protest and activism and possibly even a joke and this is where O'Keefe steps over the line of "funny" and "right on" into "stupid" and "send him to jail." There is very little that I would be willing to die for, but our right to protest power while getting a laugh is worth dying for. We have an obligation to point out the abuse of power. We have a sacred duty as citizens to do so in the most entertaining manner possible. I myself have staged drag queen bake sales for peace or dressed up like an ultra conservative housewife who believes all our rights should be based on our marital status, including our right to vote. But I have never pretended as if this is "true" or "journalism." It's protest. That's the point. It's clearly absurd. Even the people who are the butt of my jokes--like Family Research Council representatives responding to my "Heterosexuals for Mandatory Marriage Manifesto"-- know that it's a joke and that the joke's on them. O'Keefe's protests cross the line between staged absurdity and absurd entrapment. They are less a question of First Amendment rights and more "Boy, do you know there is such a thing as ETHICS, even with your enemies?" So although I support O'Keefe's right to stage as many absurd protests as possible, to throw metaphorical and even actual pies in the faces of his enemies, I must draw the line at presenting these protests as journalism. I must also draw the line at breaking and entering under false pretenses. There is nothing wrong with standing up in public space and screaming "look the Emperor has no clothes." There is something sleazy about sneaking into the Emperor's closet with a hidden camera. So although I hope O'Keefe and his merry band of ultra-right pranksters get off with a slap on the wrist, I also hope they learn that there is a difference between protest and journalism, staged absurdity and truthful reporting. And that they learn the lesson that even our worst enemies deserve to be let in on the joke, especially because the joke is on them.