According to an exclusive report from Mediaite, Project Veritas founder and conservative troll James O’Keefe admitted that the women accusing Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, even though we went ahead and conducted an operation that would have sabotaged their credibility.
“Yes [I believe them], but it’s not my subject matter,” O’Keefe told Mediaite’s Caleb Escarma. “That’s not what my investigation was about. It wasn’t about the victims, it was about the bias in the media.”
Late last month, O’Keefe conducted a sting operation against The Washington Post, but only ended up showcasing how the outlet he tried to smear does empeccable journalism.
O’Keefe recruited a woman in late November to approach Post reporters with false story about Moore, claiming that he impregnated her when she was 15-years-old. O’Keefe’s plan was to trick a respected outlet to report on false info, thus proving that the accounts of Moore’s real accusers were not to be trusted. The plan fell apart for a variety of reasons, one being that the legacy news outlet vets its sources thoroughly — but that’s not including the fact that Post reporters saw the woman, who identified herself as Jaime Phillips, walk into Project Veritas’s offices that very same day.
If she had succeeded in getting the paper to run with her story despite the clear conflict-of-interest, O’Keefe’s efforts would serve to undermine the real women who made allegations against the Alabama Republican — all while Moore and his supporters were already touting similar conspiracy theories regarding the accusers’ intentions.
Speaking to Escarma, O’Keefe claimed that the stunt was intended to “gain access to Post reporters in an effort to learn their “deep and darkest secrets.”
“Maybe at the end of our meeting, [the Post reporter] would have talked about the Trump-Russia story,” O’Keefe reportedly said.
When asked if he regrets inventing a case of sexual abuse, O’Keefe said he has no regrets and will “never apologize” for his work. Instead, he believes the Post should actually apologize to him for “assigning motives” to Project Veritas.
“I asked the Washington Post for a correction, they just lied… And for that, they should be ashamed, and they should apologize — and I asked them to, but they didn’t want to print my comment,” O’Keefe said — seething over the fact that the news outlet he tried to sting declined to publish positive PR for him.
He continued, without a hint of irony, “It was one of the most unethical things I’ve ever seen.”
Project Veritas posted an edited “raw video” of the interview in response to Mediaite’s story, but it didn’t seem to contradict anything in Escarma’s piece:
Compare the fake narrative manufactured from my interview in @Mediaite's article with the actual conversation from the raw video. This is the problem with journalists today.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) December 22, 2017
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