The jury is seated: James O’Keefe is NOT a journalist

Compared to the ongoing criminal investigation into which James O’Keefe’s store allegedly paid a bunch of thugs to steal Ashley Biden’s rehab diary, a $120,000 civil judgment against provocateur provocateur and his company Project Veritas is relative little beer. And yet, a jury finds that what O’Keefe and his thug squad do is no journalism and is unworthy of the protection of First Amendment matters. A lot of.

In 2016, a Veritas employee was named Daniel Sandini, but went by the name of Charles Roth – they probably chose a Jewish name by accident, right? — flattered Democratic firm Democracy Partners and, after making a $20,000 donation, asked for an internship for his “niece.” The “niece,” a younger woman named “Angela Brandt,” was actually another Veritas employee named Allison Maass. Maass then infiltrated the organization, recording all of their interactions and removing documents.

The result of the operation was a heavily edited video accusing Democracy Partners of plotting to provoke violence by Trump supporters, which the organization staunchly denies. In 2017, Democracy Partners sued Veritas, Sandini, Maass and O’Keefe for alleged torts, including breach of fiduciary duty and illegal recording of plaintiffs.

O’Keefe responded with an anti-SLAPP movement, comparing himself to Upton Sinclair and Nellie Bly.

“From exposing the sorry state of affairs in slaughterhouses to exposing medical fraud, America is a better place because of undercover journalism,” he praised. “When unorthodox journalists step in to expose abuses in America’s institutions — as Nellie Bly did — or go undercover to expose corruption in America’s political process — as James O’Keefe does — the First Amendment needs a serious defense against frivolous lawsuits offer that aim to take it easy. “

Why, yes, that would be the same James O’Keefe who tried to lure a CNN reporter onto a boat with dildo lube to make a secret sex tape to humiliate her. The one who pleaded guilty to falsely entering federal property after donning overalls and a clipboard and attempting to bug a Democratic senator’s office. You know, the very real journalist who had to pay an ACORN employee over $100,000 after filming him without consent for one of his slimy “journalism” projects. (That was Wonkette’s scoop right there, you’re welcome world!)

Would it shock you to know that this warrior of free speech and defender of the sacred right of journalists to practice their craft sued CNN and the New York Times for it and even had the courage to threaten your Wonkette for making BESMIRCH STATEMENTS has that have caused damage? its excellent reputation so far?

None of this is “journalism,” despite O’Keefe’s attempt to wrap himself in the mantle of people who took real risks to expose corruption and probably wouldn’t piss on O’Keefe if he were on fire. Not journalism either, DAS, as described by the New York Times:

According to an email and a trial exhibit from Project Veritas, Mr. O’Keefe offered his employees cash bonuses for obtaining incriminating testimony and $2,500 bonuses if Mr. Trump mentioned their videos in presidential debates later in October. The e-mail is marked as “strictly confidential”.

The same goes for paying someone to steal the future president’s daughter’s belongings and then trying to use it to have a sitdown with the candidate. ALLEGEDLY.

The request for dismissal was quickly denied, and yesterday a jury found that the group engaged in fraudulent misrepresentation rather than actual journalism and imposed a $120,000 fine. Because real journalists tell the damn truth, unlike O’Keefe and his band of lying chaos monkeys who do anything but.

[NYT / Democracy Partners v. Project Veritas Action Fund]

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