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James O'Keefe embarrasses himself once again, and demonstrates how reporting should work

O'Keefe says he exposed The Washington Post once again, but doesn't understand how reporting works


Charlie May
November 29, 2017 4:38PM (UTC)

If James O'Keefe has been successful at proving anything, it's that he doesn't have any understanding of even rudimentary level journalism practices.

After the conservative agitator with a long history of embarrassments failed in his attempt to orchestrate a semi-competent sting operation against The Washington Post, the Project Veritas founder published yet another video on Wednesday. This time, he tried to discredit the Post's reporting on President Donald Trump's potential ties to the Russian government.

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O'Keefe never actually exposed anything in his video. Instead, during a conversation with Adam Entous, the Post's national security reporter, while undercover, O'Keefe discovered that Entous was very good at doing his job — just the facts.

In the video clip, Entous was asked several questions which tried to bait the reporter into admitting that all of the Trump-Russia news has been fake and made up.

"How do we get the president?" an unnamed Project Veritas reporter asked Entous.

"I have no idea, and frankly there may not be anything that gets the president," Entous replied. "It may be just lower-level people who are compromised by this. We just don't know. It's very hard to tell. So, we just don't know at this point."

An unsatisfied O'Keefe pressed Entous, "But there has to be something, right?"

"Maybe, maybe not. It could just be lower-level people being manipulated or manipulating, but it's very hard to — it's a fucking black box."

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Any rational consumer of news could notice that Entous provides answers a reporter should provide — that all of the information is just not pieced together yet. O'Keefe only proved Entous has taken a pretty level-headed approach to an issue that has dominated the nation's news cycle.

But O'Keefe made sure to once again spin this as a victory for him and his following.

"Today we show you our second undercover video within @washingtonpost…this time exposing Nat'l Security Director Adam Entous who ADMITS that the Russia story is a "f**king crap shoot" and "maybe it doesn't exist at all," O'Keefe tweeted on Wednesday along with the video.

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President Donald Trump has consistently written off any shady connections between either him, his campaign or current administration officials and actors in Russia as entirely fabricated and not worthy of any scrutinization. Considering the president spent Wednesday morning retweeting deliberately provocative and misleading media, it's only a matter of time before he sees O'Keefe's work and shares it as truth with his nearly 44 million followers.


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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