An undercover endeavor from James O’Keefe seemed to crash and burn after Project Veritas was caught as they tried to feed disinformation about Roy Moore to Washington Post.
WaPo released a story tonight about how their reporters were contacted by a woman who claimed that she had an abortion after Moore impregnated her as a teenager decades ago. This account came after WaPo released their report on the first four women who came forward with claims about the Alabama Senate candidate.
The report said that this new accuser frequently asked about what could happen if she went public with her story. The newspaper never posted anything about her accusations before, however, due to a number of red flags that came up while they profiled her:
The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account. When Post reporters confronted her with inconsistencies in her story and an Internet posting that raised doubts about her motivations, she insisted that she was not working with any organization that targets journalists.
But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw her walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The organization sets up undercover “stings” that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias.
WaPo posted video footage of their reporter trying to ask O’Keefe questions outside of his office, though he refused to say if the woman was working with him, or if he was working on behalf of Moore or his allies, particularly Breitbart chief Steve Bannon.
“This so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us,” said WaPo Executive Editor Martin Baron. “The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicize the conversation if we fell for the trap. Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren’t fooled, and we can’t honor an ‘off-the-record’ agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith.”
As an apparent response to the report, O’Keefe released a video of himself trying to counter-interview a reporter who was sent to ask about whether the woman was his operative, and why there were holes in her story.
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) November 27, 2017
UPDATE – 7:57 p.m. EST: O’Keefe sent out a fundraising email tonight where he confessed that the woman was his operative.
James O'Keefe fundraising on his sting-the-Washington-Post fiasco. pic.twitter.com/yH0y4pnJqm
— Byron York (@ByronYork) November 28, 2017
[Image via screengrab]
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