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James O’Keefe Confirms WaPo Thoroughly Investigating Roy Moore Accusers

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:29 am

James O’Keefe sent an undercover operative to the WaPo with a phony story about being victimized by Roy Moore. He hoped they would publish the unverified garbage, he would get some quotes about their bias, and he could demolish their sloppiness.

Instead, they did an excellent job of investigating and caught the plant.

A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.

In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15. During the interviews, she repeatedly pressed Post reporters to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public.

The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account. When Post reporters confronted her with inconsistencies in her story and an Internet posting that raised doubts about her motivations, she insisted that she was not working with any organization that targets journalists.

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. The organization sets up undercover “stings” that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias.

Which means O’Keefe essentially verified that they are doing their jobs well.

This happened before, when re-reported the Leigh Corfman story and confirmed that she came forward only reluctantly.

The #FAKENEWSBEZOSPOST is coming out of all of this looking pretty good. As are the accusations against Moore — to anyone willing to look at the whole picture.

He’ll still win.

[Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.]

90 Responses to “James O’Keefe Confirms WaPo Thoroughly Investigating Roy Moore Accusers”

  1. This is a good thing… having the media avoid the Erdeley Model of journalism, even if it’s only to avoid the 60 Minutes-style sting. Keeps them on their toes and promotes them doing the job they are supposed to do!

    Colonel Haiku (647002)

  2. The scam collapsed for a number of reasons. His fake source provided a flimsy cover story with odd details — she claimed to have only spent a few summers in Alabama, but provided a cell phone with an Alabama area code. The supposed place of employment that she provided did not have any person by that name working there. A search of her name turned up a social-media post in which she explained that she was going to “work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt [sic] of the liberal MSM.”

    NY magazine says quack ! quack!

    Admiral Ben burn (0f35a5)

  3. Yeah, attempting to deceive media outlets in order to feed red meat to the tunnel-visioned is a great thing, Haiku. People like O’Keefe and Alex Jones want to create a post-truth world so that they can sell people snake oil to protect them from chemtrails. They’re scumbags.

    Kudos to the Post for demonstrating that, all wild gesticulations to the contrary aside, it is perfectly possible to vet decades-old claims. The wild gesticulations to the contrary are a smokescreen that serves only to protect abusers by silencing victims.

    Leviticus (efada1)

  4. . O’Keefe has gotten a lot of funding and benefit of the doubt from the Right because he’s one of the few people doing it, and he undoubtedly has some talent. Getting undercover is a tricky con job, and the sheer number of times and ways he’s gotten in the door at various organizations testifies to that. But his track record over the past several years has been increasingly embarrassing. Even if you set aside the factual integrity of his reports – and there are those on the Right who believe that ”war by the other side’s rules” means not worrying about such things – and judge O’Keefe strictly on activist terms by the scalps he collects, he’s been startlingly ineffective for several years now at actually damaging any of his targets. Moreover, because he’s handsomely paid for what he’s currently delivering, he seems to have no incentive to actually accomplish anything for the conservative movement besides grabbing headlines for himself. It really would serve the movement if his funders would consider financing someone more effective.

    Admiral Ben burn (0f35a5)

  5. Fraudsters can be smart. They can spot stings and avoid entrapment. This says nothing about WaPo’s integrity, only about its criminal instincts.

    nk (dbc370)

  6. New york, you mean the publication that deep sized the Weinstein story, a year ago (why would that have been) Mrs. Gleason the life long Republican with the tesist flag, the problem with Mrs Phillips is she didn’t hAve any red flags like check kiting or anger management issues.

    narciso (bcb83f)

  7. BTW, Leigh Corfman did not come forth. (Or even fifth.) WaPo found her, it has been reported. So, yeah, WaPo likes yarns it spins itself, not ready-made ones clumsily handed to them.

    nk (dbc370)

  8. only about its criminal instincts.

    Tea baggers/republicans forced them to shed their naivete

    Admiral Ben burn (0f35a5)

  9. Which means O’Keefe essentially verified that they are doing their jobs well.

    This isn’t logical. When you suborn your own honey boo boos you don’t *have* to vet them.

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  10. Take Matthew mosk now at ABC, he was caught conspiring with carcetti, the future gov against ehlirch back in 2005, but we are supposed to believe his fan fiction about Venn flynn

    narciso (bcb83f)

  11. And then there is this consensual hallucination

    narciso (bcb83f)

  12. the whole veritas thing’s jumped the shark though that’s for sure

    you hear the name o’keefe and you just roll your eyes anymore

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  13. So we discover that apt 28, was using servers from a company in oldham inn the UK, owner by a pakistani, ashraf (why does that seem familiar?)

    narciso (bcb83f)

  14. @3. Yeah, attempting to deceive media outlets in order to feed red meat to the tunnel-visioned is a great thing, Haiku. People like O’Keefe and Alex Jones want to create a post-truth world so that they can sell people snake oil to protect them from chemtrails. They’re scumbags.

    Bingo. Well said, Leviticus.

    Which means O’Keefe essentially verified he manufactures and traffics ‘fake news.’ Next week’s episode: “James O’Keefe Caught Passing Fake Franklins; Confirms Treasury Thoroughly Investigates Counterfeit Currency”

    “Of course, what’s tougher is the $1 bill. We’ll never educate people to examine $1 bills.” – Steve Buchanan [Burt Lancaster] ‘Mister 880’ 1950

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  15. “Yeah, attempting to deceive media outlets in order to feed red meat to the tunnel-visioned is a great thing, Haiku”

    Hey, Project Veritas has a pretty good record over the course of the last several years… they’ve exposed the hidden agendas of a lot of “respectable” news outlets and organizations. The Washington Post’s habit of not reporting on or lying about stories that may put Democrats in a bad light or position, but pull no punches vis-a-vis Republicans is well known.

    Colonel Haiku (647002)

  16. Dan Rather says hello.

    NJRob (b00189)

  17. Per Cokie Roberts, “every female in the press corps knew” to avoid being in an elevator with Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and had apparently known about this “for years”, and yet she and the rest of them coveted for Conyers and Lord knows which other Democrat(s).

    Is there any doubt how it would’ve gone if a Republican had been behaving that way? Save your selective outrage and go sell crazy elsewhere.

    Colonel Haiku (647002)

  18. Make that covered, not coveted…

    Colonel Haiku (647002)

  19. This selective outrage is hoark-worthy…

    Colonel Haiku (647002)

  20. I don’t think it really confirms what the WaPo does generally, or with regard to Moore in particular.

    What it shows is that O’Keefe’s operation is still largely a bunch of amateurs, and once bonafide journalists got a hunch the woman was potentially a plant, they turned their attention to debunking her story rather than reporting her story. if O’Keefe was attempting to show that WaPo reporters were a bunch of idiots and hacks, then his approach might have worked — if they were actually a bunch of idiots and hacks. But they aren’t. That doesn’t mean they are unbiased and work without an agenda – it just means they aren’t a newsroom full of dopes.

    It’s one thing to take on some obscure government bureaucracy and catch the office workers talking about doing things they shouldn’t be doing. Its a whole different thing to take on a news gathering organization with departments full of fact-checkers and editors, and think you can pull off a scam like this with an “undercover” operative who walked in off the streets in response to an online advertisement six months ago.

    This doesn’t validate the WaPo — its exposes O’Keefe and PV as not quite ready for primetime.

    shipwreckedcrew (56b591)

  21. Exactly what SWC said.

    CFarleigh (bb4469)

  22. The Washington Post somehow managed to discover Moore’s inclinations, but as far as the well-known secrets on it’s DC beat, it is crickets all around.

    Colonel Haiku (647002)

  23. Moore is a pedo advertisement.

    All he needs is a clown suit and candy.

    Admiral Ben burn (0f35a5)

  24. Scrutiny just forces forgers to go deeper. They tear the blank pages out of old books when they can’t artificially age the paper.

    And now JO’K knows his office is staked out.

    Pinandpuller (8f47ed)

  25. You must know all the tricks, Rear Admiral.

    Colonel Haiku (647002)

  26. He’s been firing blanks but he cashes those checks without hesitation.

    Admiral Ben burn (0f35a5)

  27. JO’K is the only person in the game who has worn a wire to a senator’s office and we saw how that went

    Pinandpuller (8f47ed)

  28. O’Kief is smoking sanitary napkins because marijuana is expensive.

    Admiral Ben burn (0f35a5)

  29. The post didnt investigate the eomen, who brought them to the post, will one day be revealed. Bama faithful have seen dirty politics before, apparently a huge lead is opening up for moore

    EPWJ (4dc563)

  30. The senatrix from LA was accused of shutting down her office phone lines, right? This was well before we had investigators researching if blocking on Twitter is unconstitutional or the provenance of pie filling.

    Pinandpuller (8f47ed)

  31. This was an accusation to top all the other accusations – Roy Moore allegedly got a 15-year oregenant in 1992 and helped her get an abortion in another state (Mississippi)

    The Washintgon Post only reported that because, after first becoming suspicious, they decided to spy on Project Veritas, and caught her association with them.

    If they caught any false accuser sent by anti-Moore forces, they are not saying.

    The Post positioned video reporters outside the group’s office in Mamaroneck, N.Y, after determining that Phillips lives in Stamford, Conn., and realizing that the two locations were just 16 miles apart. Two reporters followed her from her home as she drove to the office.

    After Phillips was observed entering the Project Veritas office, The Post made the unusual decision to report her previous off-the-record comments.

    “We always honor ‘off-the-record’ agreements when they’re entered into in good faith,” said Martin Baron, The Post’s executive editor. “But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us. The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicize the conversation if we fell for the trap. Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren’t fooled, and we can’t honor an ‘off-the-record’ agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith.”`

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  32. nk (dbc370) — 11/28/2017 @ 7:58 am

    Leigh Corfman did not come forth. (Or even fifth.) WaPo found her, it has been reported.

    But the Washington Post never reveals any of his soources who want to stay off the record, unless they can show a connection to an organization that targets journalists.

    So we’re not going to find out what really went on here unless maybe tgheer are hearings and tough questions are asked.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  33. James O’Keefe was probably taking dorection from Bannon, who may be as dishonest as some Democrats.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  34. 2. Admiral Ben burn (0f35a5) — 11/28/2017 @ 7:43 am

    The supposed place of employment that she provided did not have any person by that name working there.

    She faked her current identity, or at least important parts of her recent history. A more professional creator of false witnesses (for lawyers) would not do that.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  35. O’Keefe’s a creepy stunted lifeydoodle worm frantically trying to justify the funding he gets in exchange for his increasingly feckless stunts and escapades

    boyfriend needs to grow the eff up and start behaving like an adult

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  36. 26, he just needs the makeup to go with the cowboy and water pistol get-up

    urbanleftbehind (5eecdb)

  37. happyfeet in the Conyers thread:

    and one time we had a glass of Mateus Rosé even though i was seventeen but see you had to be eighteen to drink wine back then and I was just seventeen

    The correct ages are 18 and 19. Alabama’s driking age was 19 – she was 18. Roy Moore says he doesn’t think that hapened because they were ina dry county, although that’s not a conclusive argument. He says he was careful not to violate liquor laws, and he probably was, given that he in the district attorney’s office, and not super-powerful.

    There is something that he got his job straight out of law school, but still. he had connections – that’s why Governor H. Guy Hunt appointed him circuit judge in 1992 to fill a vacancy, although maybe it was also that his political opponents (particularly maybe his rival for District Attorney, James Hedgspeth, to whom he had lost the runoff in 1982) wanted him kicked upstairs for good.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  38. thank you for setting me straight you’re right of course

    but nevertheless her shame burns hotly on her cheeks to this day

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  39. Yes, The WaPo would never skew coverage to trash a Republican at the expense of the truth.


    NJRob (b00189)

  40. the right thing would be for these wicked and trashy honey boo boos to confess their lies and apologize to Mr. Moore and go forth and walk with the Lord

    but my gut says they won’t do this

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  41. Save your selective outrage

    Col. Haiku fulminating about “selective outrage”… comedy gold.

    Dave (445e97)

  42. Denying the allegations and proving he has nothing to hide, Roy Moore came out of hiding yesterday, after nearly two weeks without a campaign event. The guy’s amazing.

    noel (b4d580)

  43. So many hurt leftists who thought they could tar a Christian with accusations and steal a seat for their death cult are now facing reality that it isn’t going to happen.

    Sorry Dave, Noel, and Deckswabber

    NJRob (c191ed)

  44. Got news for you, NJRob. Some Republicans don’t support “alleged” child-molesters when they run for office. Especially when there are this many witnesses. I am one of those Republicans. I can’t believe you do.

    What won’t you do to gain power?

    noel (b4d580)

  45. Roy Moore’s such a good choice – so me say the best choice – compared to creepy pedophile Doug Jones, who is no good

    he’s the right choice for Alabama

    he’s the right choice for America

    plus he’s a real character, that Roy Moore

    he’s a hoot!

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  46. Sure noel. Just vote for the death cult and all will be okay. I understand.

    You’re the real CONservative.

    NJRob (c191ed)

  47. oops *some* say the best choice i mean

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  48. Ach du lieber..Eric Prince, Christian soldier of fortune…lock them all up!

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  49. Did you know Prince is born agin?

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  50. @46

    So many hurt leftists … Sorry Dave

    You know it’s a bad idea to post when you’re drunk, Rob…

    Aside: NJRob believes he’s “at war” with everyone he disagrees with. He believes he is justified in adopting any tactic, however immoral or repugnant, because the people he disagrees with want to enslave him. He believes he will only be able to rest when the ~51% of the country he disagrees with are extirpated. These are close paraphrases of things Rob has actually posted here in the past.

    To follow his philosophy (which insists that I’m obligated to follow his philosophy!), I would have to adopt his technique of lying outright and attributing motives and beliefs to people that I knows (or should know) are completely untrue. Like his calling me a leftist. So I need to find a similar false label to discredit him.

    Just a few months ago, “child molester” would have been the obvious, go-to choice. But in light of recent events, and the fact that he’s supporting the election of a man who is likely a real child molester, it just doesn’t have the same sting of viciousness or injustice.

    So I’ve decided that as long as Rob falsely insinuates that I’m a leftist, I’ll falsely insinuate that he’s an alcoholic. (Apologies to any real alcoholics who might be reading – I certainly don’t mean to suggest that all alcoholics are Jacobin bigots like Rob…)

    Have another drink, Rob … this round’s on me!

    Dave (445e97)

  51. Of course there is another interorwtation, prince runs academi which trains forces in Syria and Yemen.

    narciso (d1f714)

  52. Dave,

    As you are a supporter of the party of death I have no interest in playing nice with you. But please, keep showing your desire to enshrine the death cult in all positions of authority. You show all what you are.

    NJRob (c191ed)

  53. Nut job is very dramatic.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  54. Blackwater name change is like Philip Morris changing to Altria.

    Still Death Merchant Greedheads.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  55. Juche dave is amusing up to a point, its not really that interesting:

    narciso (d1f714)

  56. What won’t you do to gain power?
    noel (b4d580) — 11/28/2017 @ 1:01 pm

    I’m pretty sure he won’t side with pro abortion baby killers so start with. I also doubt he’d side with a party that would cover up the treasonous selling of uranium. Perhaps he wouldn’t team up with people who can’t decide what rest room a man should use. I’m sure there are many things he won’t do to gain power, not the lest of pretend to be some moral, virtuous person when he’s not. But I know he would not condemn a person without proof and evidence nor label him guilty without a trial. That’s something only fascists, communists and other leftists do.

    Rev.Hoagie® (6bbda7)

  57. Well it was a film anyways that was responsible, right

    narciso (d1f714)

  58. Did you eat the yellowcake hoagie.

    Almost 4500 of those babies you adore died in Iraq…how does that enter your babykiller math?

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  59. It must be puppy syndrome.

    Once they grow up, kids aren’t adorable anymore. I speculate because no conservative will explain this abject moral inconsistency.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  60. You need the program to know the players:

    narciso (d1f714)

  61. Once they grow up, kids aren’t adorable anymore. I speculate because no conservative will explain this abject moral inconsistency.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab) — 11/28/2017 @ 2:43 pm

    Whatchu talkin’ about, Willis?

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  62. 65

    I’m talking moral consistency but there is no semantics encyclopedia to guide you. Sorry.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  63. Old Blackwater blesses the rains down in Altria.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  64. We assumed their were procedures in place, but they believe like harry lime in the third .an

    narciso (d1f714)

  65. I think once kids grow up they are supposed to move out and get a job and pay for their own BC etc. Mine did.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  66. Did you know Prince is born agin?

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab) — 11/28/2017 @ 1:38 pm

    Purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  67. Would it wash me of whiteness, you know, in case white was a blight.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  68. Conservative writer Brent Bozell slammed conservative activist James O’Keefe on Tuesday after his botched undercover sting on The Washington Post, saying O’Keefe should be “condemned” for trying to plant a fake story about GOP Senate hopeful Roy Moore with the paper.

    Bozell’s remarks come a day after the Post revealed that O’Keefe’s Project Veritas had sent a woman to the newspaper falsely claiming that Moore, the GOP candidate in the Alabama Senate special election, had impregnated her as a teenager and that she had an abortion, at Moore’s urging, as a result.


    Bozell, one of the most prominent conservative critics of the traditional media, said that O’Keefe was “grandstanding & hurting the conservative movement.”

    Geevum! O’Kief.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  69. It would wash away your Ben Gay, naval jelly and oxycodone as far as East Saint Louis is from West Memphis.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  70. Nice word salad but I don’t care for turnips and cabbage.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  71. As daddy tomato said to baby tomato ketchup!

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  72. You’re a good substitute for gastric lavage.

    Pinandpuller (16b0b5)

  73. That’s a big word too large for your hands.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  74. Speedchess?

    Watch the time stamp which is final beginning :45 after your current your flyover guy.

    15 Minutes

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  75. Current hour..time is ticking. We could start the 15 minutes with you at bat, as visiting team.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  76. C’mon pin. You like to smart ass from yhe cheap seats but it’s time for you to take the mic.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  77. You’ve got a lot of wind for such a slow sailboat.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  78. Dear NJRob and Rev. Hoagie.

    I am a pro-life Republican but there is no way in hell I would support a constitutional outlaw like Roy Moore. A guy who is accused by multiple women of child-assault and pursuing minors as an assistant DA. Roy Moore, of course, denies the charges, making him a big liar if any of these women are being honest. I believe them.

    Moore will do great damage if he wins because he will become the face of the Republican Party making him a long-term disaster for Pro-lifers. Of course a candidate can be so bad that he actually harms the Party but you won’t believe that because, well, you don’t want to.

    And yes, Roy Moore has been in hiding for almost two weeks now because thats what “innocent” guys do with the election less than a month away… right?

    noel (b4d580)

  79. And don’t forget the common sense option he had. Resign and let someone else run as a write-in. But no, why would he do that when folks like Rev. Hoagie will let him keep on abusing his office and his constituents without penalty.

    Get ready for more Moores.

    noel (b4d580)

  80. Veritas has turned about another gtishenko denial from entous

    narciso (d1f714)

  81. Gateway pundit lol

    On Tuesday, The Federalist’s Denise C. McAllister released an article that set the internet afire. Her premise: God might want you to vote for a bad man in order to achieve a good thing. Why? Because God has used bad men to accomplish good things before. This isn’t a new argument; it was made by pastors with regard to voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, and it’s being used now to justify voting for Roy Moore, despite credible allegations of sexual molestation of underage girls.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  82. There’s something truly disgusting about these faux-righteous types. Always pointing fingers at others while holding the bible high. Meanwhile they are engaging in the worst offenses or grabbing the money as fast as they can. Apparently, Moore has done both.

    Non-profit? Yea, sure thing Roy.

    noel (c7bf47)

  83. Unfortunately, the reporting of this story (the failed attempt to bait the WaPo into publishing a lie) is going to end up being *heard* by Moore supporters as verifying that people are lying about Moore, and increase their distrust of the accusers.

    aphrael (e0cdc9)

  84. Nothing can be done about the electorate who support Moore/Trump

    The Scarlet Letter is a Red Badge of Courage to the truly deluded.

    Admiral Ben burn (b3d5ab)

  85. 82. noel (b4d580) — 11/28/2017 @ 7:58 pm

    Roy Moore, of course, denies the charges, making him a big liar if any of these women are being honest.

    he seems to be back to denying everything – ageneral denial., although he admitted to hannity that he knew two – or at least one – of the three slightly older women – who did not maintain he immediately tried to seduce them. He said he was friends with her. But he didn’t “date” her.

    Sammy Finkelman (02a146)

  86. I believe that the Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash said it best…..”pedophilia heretofore never being considered a difficult judgment call”.

    Meet the new Republican Party.

    noel (b4d580)

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