Right-Wing Project Veritas Fails To Troll Legitimate News Organization

By on November 28, 2017

Project Veritas, a right-wing organization led by James O’Keefe, often tries to subvert subjects of its so-called “documentaries” by trying to trick them into saying otherwise unsavory things that might embarrass their brand. The highly-edited videos were largely responsible for taking down the progressive organization ACORN.

Last week, however, a Project Veritas operative was caught trying to goad the Washington Post into printing another story about Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of sexually assaulting young girls while living in Gadsden and other areas of the state during the late 1970s and early 1980s. A woman claiming to have met and slept with Moore contacted the Post shortly after they printed the first story accusing Moore of those actions.

The woman who contacted the Post, Jaime Phillips, claimed that Moore had paid for her to get an abortion, even driving her personally to Mississippi to receive one, after she had become pregnant at 15. The Post, being a diligent news organization, sought physical evidence from her that could corroborate her story — which, she couldn’t produce.

The Post became suspicious when holes in her story began to surface. For instance, she had claimed she met Moore during a single summer when she lived in Alabama, saying that her family traveled a lot. Yet her personal cell phone number was an Alabama area code, indicating that she currently or recently lived in the state. The newspaper decided to do more background research on Phillips, and that’s when things got fishier.

Phillips, the Post discovered, had started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for her to move to New York City, “to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt of the liberal [mainstream media],” as she put it on her page. The Post confronted Phillips, who said she was done with them and wouldn’t be moving forward with the story any longer.

The Post ended up seeing Phillips enter the Project Veritas building that same week.

The Washington Post is a respectable newspaper that makes sure its stories that it publishes are accurate. It was foolish of O’Keefe to send a woman to them in an attempt to catch them publishing a fake story that he fabricated. The women accusing Moore of sexual assault have provided some form of documentation that proves they had known him in the past.

This ill-conceived plan by Project Veritas did minimal homework; but worse than that, they attempted to subvert a news organization in order to discredit these other women’s claims against Moore. They should be ashamed for their actions, and they should no longer be given credence by right-wing news sources or anyone else for that matter.

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