There has never been another time in history where humanity has such ease acquiring new information. While that may seem to be beneficial for our society, there are some who would choose to partake in a malevolent usage of technology, like creating and sharing untrue news articles. This only hurts the people, as it prevents them from hearing about what needs to be heard, just to further someone else’s agenda. The article I’m choosing to write about is political in nature, but what isn’t these days? It’s about James O’Keefe, founder of Project Veritas, a non-profit organization determined on “…reviving the craft of undercover journalism.”
The New York Times is arguably one of the most influential papers still in circulation to date. You may ask of the relevance of them in this report, so I shall explain. On September 27th, 2020, Project Veritas published an exposé regarding ballot harvesting being conducted in Minneapolis, Minnesota Ward 6. The video in question depicts a Somali man flaunting hundreds of mail-in and absentee ballots for then city council candidate Jamal Osman. In Minnesota, it is illegal for one to vote for someone else (Minnesota Statute 203B08), and for one to collect more than three ballots federally (52 USC Statute 10307e). An insider named Omar Jamal comes forward to Project Veritas to back these allegations, while also naming U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar as a key player in the voter fraud portrayed in the exposé. Jamal also condemns ballot harvesting and voter fraud, as he explains that it hurts the Somali community and election integrity.
Two days after the hit-piece from Project Veritas was released, the Times released an article hell-bent on discrediting the organization with the following headline:
“Project Veritas Video Was a ‘Coordinated Disinformation Campaign,’ Researchers Say”
The Times claims that O’Keefe is partaking in “…a coordinated disinformation campaign.” Not only that, but they (Times) quote “researchers” to back their supposed credibility, completely ignoring the plethora of sources Project Veritas interviewed, as well as undercover footage obtained during the investigation. This article appears to be damage control for not only
Jamal Osman, Ilhan Omar, et cetera, but for the Democratic Party’s mail-in voting stance. The New York Times isn’t the only site to discredit Project Veritas, but given its influence, it sets a dangerous precedent for not holding leaders accountable for corruption and dishonesty. Project Veritas has since announced a lawsuit against the Times, until they retract the article slandering the organization.
Project Veritas is an organization dedicated towards their mission:
“Project Veritas investigates and exposes corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions to achieve a more ethical and transparent society.”
They are a legally recognized enterprise that serves to provide transparency that some ill-conceived individuals refuse to give. Their track record is without a doubt flawless, with the organization exposing an employee at ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) giving advice to O’Keefe (disguised as a pimp with a prostitute) on how to claim underage prostitutes from El Salvador as dependents. This drew attention to then-President Barack Obama in 2009, citing that this incident deserves investigation.
Project Veritas also, has never lost a single legal suit to date, with them emerging victorious in each case. So in conclusion, to those choosing to spread misinformation, as well as partake in malevolent activities, truth shall always prevail over lies.
- Astor, Maggie. “Project Veritas Video Was a ‘Coordinated Disinformation Campaign, Researchers Say” New York Times, 29 Sep. 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/us/politics/project-veritas-ilhan-omar.html
- Project Veritas. Ilhan Omar connected Ballot Harvester in cash-for-ballots scheme: “Car is full” of absentee ballots. YouTube, uploaded by Project Veritas, 27 Sep. 2020, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWK56l2VaLY
- “Overview.” Project Veritas — Overview. Accessed 12 Jul. 2021. https://www.projectveritas.com/about/
- “ACORN.” Project Veritas — ACORN. Accessed 12 Jul. 2021. https://www.projectveritas.com/investigation/acorn/