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Newspaper outs fake Moore accuser with conservative ties

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 11/28/17, 11:14 am

The media watchdog group Project Veritas has come under fire after The Washington Post caught a woman affiliated with the group trying to fool reporters with false sexual assault accusations against U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama. James O’Keefe, a conservative activist who leads Project Veritas, said in an email to supporters that one of his colleagues “had their cover blown” inside the Post. The newspaper published an account Monday of its dealings with Jaime Phillips, who told reporters that Moore impregnated her as a teenager and talked her into having an abortion. When details of her story didn’t check out, Post reporters dug deeper and linked her to Project Veritas. It’s unclear whether Phillips sought to discredit women who have accused Moore of sexual misconduct, expose anti-Moore bias at the Post, or both. Reporters said Phillips repeatedly asked them to guarantee Moore would lose the election if her story were published, but they said they couldn’t do that. The botched sting has raised the ire of some conservatives who previously supported O’Keefe’s efforts to expose liberal media bias. Ben Shapiro, editor-in-chief of The Daily Wire, tweeted that despite O’Keefe’s good work in the past, this sting was “horrible, both morally and effectively.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital assistant editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 11/28/2017 01:30 pm

    Washington Post credibility with conservatives should be way below zero. Just WaPo’s involvement stinks up this whole thing. 

    Non-story, IMO, without major corroboration. 

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    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Tue, 11/28/2017 01:54 pm

    "Non-story?"  Are you kidding, Christ-follower?  Corroboration--by whom?  Project Veritas?

    If anything, Project Veritas just proved that the Washington Post was not going to follow any old lead just to kill Judge Moore's candidacy.

    The righteous man favors nobody in judgment.  I personally remain agnostic as to who is speaking the truth regarding Judge Moore.  But one thing has been proven beyond doubt--the Washington Post is not trying to slander Judge Moore.

    The more that I read comments like yours, the more I fear that conservatism has become a god to some of my brethren.

  • Uff Da's picture
    Uff Da
    Posted: Tue, 11/28/2017 03:23 pm

    I have incredibly low regard for the Washington Post.

    In this case, they did their job and it should lend credibility to their reporting on Roy Moore. 

    They did their job and sniffed out a bad source.

  • Graced
    Posted: Tue, 11/28/2017 03:43 pm

    I agree with Brendan and Uff Da. This was a solid piece of reporting, and we should appreciate the efforts by the Washington Post to verify facts its editorial board likely wanted to agree with. I hope that Marvin Olasky does an analysis of this from a journalistic perspective. I suspect this will be taught in journalism schools for years to come as an example of fact-checking.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Wed, 11/29/2017 01:37 am

    The Washington Post is no friend of Conservative Christians.  Jeff Bezos of Amazon, who has given $2.5 million to support same sex marriage in 2012, is the owner of the paper who owns it through Nash Holdings.  Christians should not go along naively supporting this paper and should understand why the paper hates Roy Moore. We need to understand the battle that we are up against if we are going to win the cultural war!

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Posted: Tue, 11/28/2017 06:58 pm

    Are you kidding! The Washington Post was only protecting their own hide in this. They would gladly take evidence to destroy Roy Moore, but they realized something didn't add up so they checked to make sure she wasn't part of Project Veritas. 

  • D Wallace
    Posted: Wed, 11/29/2017 07:40 pm

    After being stung and outed by Veritas in several instances, left-leaning media have become more circumspect about being embarrassed by their unprofessional levels of bias, dishonesty, selectivity, and non-objectivity in their 'reporting' and cultures.

    Forcing those organizations to be more careful (less vulnerable to being duped and openly exposed) has had a salutary effect to a degree.  But they probably are mostly motivated to avoid embarrassment rather than adhere to solid journalistic ethical standards (integrity, honesty, balance, fairness, comprehensiveness, and social responsibility).  Either way, a higher degree of journalistic integrity is a good thing, even if for wrong motives.