Late yesterday, the Washington Post put out a story exposing a sting operation targeting the news outlet conducted by Project Veritas.
Post reporters found inconsistencies in the woman's story and an Internet post that raised doubts about her motivations.
Today, reporters saw her walking into Project Veritas, an organization that targets journalists in an effort to embarrass them. https://t.co/W05qDKlhl8
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) November 27, 2017
In the Washington Post article, the outlet said they had problems confirming her story and became suspicious. That suspicion led to the outlet apparently following the source:
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.
Around the same time the Washington Post story was breaking, James O’Keefe of Project Veritas tweeted out that multiple Post reporters had descended on him and the offices of Project Veritas.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) November 27, 2017
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) November 27, 2017
The Washington Post responded by posting three videos of their own.
- Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe avoids Post reporter’s questions
- Listen to full exchange between Post reporter and woman who made false accusations
- James O’Keefe and Post reporter exchange: what really happened
Reactions to Project Veritas/ Washington Post Sting Varied
Political activist prankster caught faking a sexual assault in an attempt to undermine real victims.
Other than being an actual sexual predator, im not sure how much more ethically lost someone could be than that — but the night is still young.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 27, 2017
Impossible to overstate the idiocy of latest O'Keefe Roy Moore 'sting,' directed at WaPo. Beyond boneheaded. O'Keefe really ought to hang it up. Stupidity + maliciousness a bad combination. https://t.co/iG7VQwxuk2
— Byron York (@ByronYork) November 27, 2017
— Andrew Klavan (@andrewklavan) November 28, 2017
— J. Christian Adams (@ElectionLawCtr) November 28, 2017
Journalists were quick to point out the funding behind Project Veritas and O’Keefe’s salary.
2016 tax filing for James O'Keefe's Project Veritas is now publicly available. Their income, and O'Keefe's compensation (he made $240k in 2015), both increased considerably pic.twitter.com/Ca4agehVT4
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) November 27, 2017
Following this series of events and reactions, O’Keefe’s group launched one of the videos they have on the Washington Post as part of their “American Pravda” series.
The video captures Washington Post’s Director of Product, Joey Marburger commenting on the depth of Jeff Bezos’ role in WaPo tag line, “Democracy dies in Darkness.”
In the video, Marburger says that Bezos ran with it, “Because it’s dying in darkness right now. And we’re like, F*ck it, let’s do it…”
O’Keefe promised on Twitter there were more videos about the Washington Post to come and that they “do have a story.”
Earlier this year, O’Keefe and his organization were instrumental in exposing a far left, violent Antifa group’s plot involving the release of butyric acid at a Trump inaugural event.