Donald Trump funded group that tried to plant fake news stories


Still at the center of a controversy stemming from an apparent conspiracy to plant fake news in The Washington Post, James O'Keefe will speak at an event on Southern Methodist University's campus Wednesday night.

The woman accused of lying to the Post on behalf of the group - who said her name was Jaime Phillips - had posted a GoFundMe fundraising page, asking for cash for her new job where she'd work to "combat the lies and deceit of the liberal mainstream media". They published an article on November 27 claiming that Phillips' story was false and connected her with Project Veritas and its ongoing attempts to discredit and expose them and other news media organizations as biased.

And here's what The Post found, as the National Review noted: "The Post did not publish an article based on [this woman's] unsubstantiated account". The New York-based non-profit reported $4.8 million in contributions nationwide a year ago.

"We always honor 'off-the-record" agreements when they're entered into in good faith, ' Martin Baron, The Post's executive editor, told his team of reporters that exposed the plot. "But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us". The newspaper did publish a nine-minute interview with the woman, identified as Jaime Philips, with a Post reporter.

Unabashedly posting a video that's clearly edited to serve their own ends, while pretending to be crusaders for truth, is Project Veritas in a nutshell, but their efforts, in this case, were even more shameful than usual. But Bee's reaction when she realizes she's talking to someone from Project Veritas is priceless, and worth learning from. Both this video and the recording made by the Post can be viewed here. "Because of our customary journalistic rigour, we weren't fooled, and we can't honour an "off-the-record" agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith".

The Post reported that she claimed to work for NFM Lending in Westchester County, New York.

Their reporters confronted Mr O'Keefe about the alleged "sting" plot outside his office but he declined to comment.

Another of Project Veritas' members, former television producer Robert Halderman, was jailed in 2010 fir attempting to blackmail TV presenter David Letterman. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders cited the group's controversial video about CNN as proof that the media organization is exaggerating reports about Russian collusion back in June. Her phone number had the wrong area code for where she said she was from, her supposed employer said they didn't have someone by that name working there.

The segment, which appears to look like a legitimate interview, shows Bee interviewing a prospective male employee who has inconsistencies in his background information and his answers to her questions in person. Moore has denied the allegations and has rejected pressure from fellow Republicans to drop out of the special election to be held in December. Said Lucian Wintrich, a correspondent for Gateway Pundit: "I do think that video that WaPo released shows how manipulative their reporters are".