Post turns tables on O’Keefe
James O’Keefe, known for his no-holds-barred undercover video stings, had the tables turned on him by the Washington Post.
The Post lays out a great yarn about a woman who approached the newspaper saying she had a sexual relationship as a teenager with Roy Moore, the Republican US Senate candidate in Alabama. The woman claimed her relationship with Moore began in 1992 and led to an abortion when she was 15.
The woman approached the Post following its story earlier this month on several women who said they had sexual encounters with Moore when they were 14, 16, and 18 and he was in his 30s. Moore denied the allegations, calling them an attack on his campaign by the newspaper and the Democratic Party, but they nevertheless have become the central focus of his race for the Senate against Democrat Doug Jones.
Into this maelstrom stepped Jamie T. Phillips, who approached the Post with her story about her sexual relationship with Moore. But as Post reporters began to dig into Phillips’s background, they discovered many elements of her story didn’t add up. She didn’t work where she said she worked. She had also launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a move to New York. “I’ve accepted a job to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt (sic) of the liberal MSM,” or mainstream media, she said in her GoFundMe post.
The Post story comes with embedded videos of an interview with Phillips and attempted interviews with O’Keefe outside the offices of Project Veritas. The videos are fascinating to watch, particularly the ones of O’Keefe as he bobs and weaves around questions from a Post reporter. O’Keefe even tries to suggest, incorrectly, that the Post is taking a page from Project Veritas’s interview approach.
“I think it’s really cute that you guys are borrowing our techniques,” he said.
O’Keefe, an adherent to the philosophy that the best defense is a good offense, quickly rolled out a video entitled “American Pravda,” which shows two Washington Post employees talking about the paper’s coverage of President Trump. One of them grumbles about the bias against Trump by the newspaper’s editorial page; the other says Trump coverage accounts for a lot of the paper’s circulation. Hardly earth-shattering stuff, compared to the dirty tricks “journalism” practiced by Project Veritas.
Marty Baron, the Post’s executive editor, defended the paper’s decision to out Phillips, who had talked to the newspaper off the record. “We always honor ‘off-the-record’ agreements when they’re entered into in good faith,” Baron said. “But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us. 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.”
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