With the release of the third in a series of Project Veritas “American Pravda” videos exposing the New York Times, the “newspaper of record” may soon find itself in very real trouble. And while the Times may not be in immediate danger of dying from that exposure, the damage will be hard to simply shake off. Each video so far has been damning when taken alone; when seen together, the damage to what is left of the Times’ credibility is compounded to the point of catastrophe.
The first two videos — which together have over 620,000 views on YouTube even though they were just released last week — started the process of exposing the flagship of the liberal media armada in much the same way that previous Project Veritas videos exposed CNN. As the rollout continues, one has to wonder how much exposure the Times can take.
When Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe turned his focus on CNN this past Summer, the exposure was devastating for the premier news network. Undercover video showed CNN producers and commentators admitting that CNN’s reports on alleged connections and collusion between Trump and Russia are “bulls**t,” the whole Russia thing “is just a big nothingburger,” and that CNN practices selective editing to promote a false narrative to American voters who are “stupid as s**t.”
As a result of the exposure caused by those videos. CNN’s ratings tanked. Now that O’Keefe has the Times in his sights, the videos coming out are damning.
The first video — published October 10 — shows Nick Dudich, a Times Audience Strategy Editor — admitting that he manipulates the news to fit his anti-Trump agenda. Dudich — who describes himself as a “gatekeeper” — is seen on undercover video saying, “my voice is on … my imprint is on every video we do” and that objectivity plays no part in that process. In response to a point about being objective, Dudich can be seen and heard saying, “No I’m not, that’s why I’m here.”
When asked about making sure anti-Trump stories are given priority in publication and promotion, Dudich answered, “Oh, we always do.” That jibes very well with his admission that he is at the Times because of his lack of objectivity.
That lack of objectivity stands out in sharp contrast to the claims of the Times’ Ethical Handbook, which says in paragraph 62:
Journalists have no place on the playing fields of politics. Staff members are entitled to vote, but they must do nothing that might raise questions about their professional neutrality or that of The Times. In particular, they may not campaign for, demonstrate for, or endorse candidates, ballot causes or efforts to enact legislation. They may not wear campaign buttons or themselves display any other insignia of partisan politics. They should recognize that a bumper sticker on the family car or a campaign sign on the lawn may be misread as theirs, no matter who in their household actually placed the sticker or the sign.
While the Times claims to uphold objectivity as an important part of journalistic integrity, Dudich claims that his lack of objectivity is “why” he is at the Times. He told the undercover Project Veritas journalist that he worked for the Clinton campaign (hardly a bright spot on one’s résumé) in 2016, saying:
So I have that background, so when Clinton in 2016 … they needed a volunteer strategist to do video … well, they needed someone to help them do video, and how to make it heartfelt, for Clinton.
After the Clinton campaign (for which he had left journalism), Dudich made the decision to get back into journalism to further the liberal agenda. He can be seen on the video saying, “I had to leave my job at Fusion ABC to then take a job at Upworthy where I wasn’t deemed a journalist anymore to be able to work for the Clinton campaign,” but, “after the Clinton campaign, I’m like, no I need to get back into news and keep doing s**t because, like, this isn’t going to change.”
The Times responded to the first video, saying that “the video claims to show a junior Times editor, Nick Dudich, discussing his political beliefs and mocking the idea of acting as an objective journalist.” Here is a tip for the folks over at the Times: Watch the video before you respond to it. Because it doesn’t “claim” to show that; it shows it! The statement from the Times goes on to say:
Based on what we’ve seen in the Project Veritas video, it appears that a recent hire in a junior position violated our ethical standards and misrepresented his role. In his role at The Times, he was responsible for posting already published video on other platforms and was never involved in the creation or editing of Times videos. We are reviewing the situation now.
So, the Times — after saying that the video “claims” to show what it actually shows — says that an Audience Strategy Editor “was never involved in the … editing of Times videos.” One would wonder just what it is that an “editor” does if not edit. This writer knows from personal experience (this article will not likely be an exception) that editors edit. That’s why they’re called “editors” and not “posters.”