Accuracy in Media

When a Washington Post reporter confronted James O’Keefe at Project Veritas headquarters in Mamaroneck, N.Y., O’Keefe suggested the Post was moving on him because he was about to release damaging videos about the publication.

On Tuesday, O’Keefe delivered the first of what he says will be a series of those videos – complete with references at the start and end about the Post confrontation the previous day.

O’Keefe opened the video, called “American Pravda: Washington Post edition,” by saying the paper was “floundering” and asking why it was “spending a ton of time and money trying to turn the tables on Project Veritas, talking about an imagined sting.

“What are they so afraid about?”

Then O’Keefe launched into a video – one of the tamer released by Project Veritas, which famously brought ACORN, the corruption-ridden nationwide network of community organizers, to its knees.

“In newly released undercover video, Washington Post National Security Correspondent Dan Lamothe and Director of Product Joey Marburger speak to the paper’s hidden agenda,” a story on the Project Veritas website stated. “Evidently, covering Trump the way they do is good business, even though it’s fake news.”

The video then shows clips from a conversation with Dan Lamothe, a national security reporter for the Post, apparently videotaped without his knowledge.

Lamothe talked about the difference between the news and editorial coverage of Trump. The “opinion from God,” Lamothe says on the video, is “so critical that I read them and I’m like, “Whoa. I work for that place?”

But he admits the entire operation is compromised.

“They definitely don’t like Trump,” Lamothe says on the video. “I mean here’s the thing though: There’s the news side that’s just trying to critically call bulls—t when there’s bulls—t, but also give him credit where there’s credit, you know? When something is good, and he’s doing more things bad, but he’s doing some of the things good.”

Lamothe spells out one form of bias in detail.

“Where people probably ding us and actually have a point is … you’re spending a tone of time on this thing that’s sensation, versus … some sort of policy thing that would affect everybody.”

Lamothe said the Post has reporters who “take it way too personally,” but that it does a better job of reining in these reporters than does the New York Times or others.

“Some of the New York Times reporters are way over the top,” Lamothe said. “CNN is always over the top. Wall Street Journal is very conservative, all that stuff. Some of it it’s just like the, who’s in charge of your newspaper.” 

All O’Keefe’s operatives get out of Marburger is that Jeff Bezos, the owner of the Post and one of the richest men in the world, indeed influences the paper he owns and even was the one who decided to change its slogan to the oft-mocked “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

He also gets Lamothe to admit editors frequently order him to write stories as quickly as possible to respond to Trump’s tweets and for Marburger to admit Trump is good for business. “It’s hard to get away from him, and people find it draining,” Marburger said. “If Trump just disappeared tomorrow, our traffic would drop by 30 percent. So, we think about that.” 

The video concludes with O’Keefe speaking to the camera and again addressing the visit by the Post reporting crew.

“The Washington Post came to our headquarters this morning to try to turn the tables on us, to kind of do what we do,” O’Keefe said.

“The difference is the major media has more of a problem with exposing the corruption that they do with the corruption itself. See, Washington Post, Democracy does die in darkness. But it also dies in silence too. Stay tuned because there are more videos to come.”

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