James O’Keefe III is a self-described “guerrilla journalist” and community activist who does undercover investigations and exposes the films through two nonprofit organisations, Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action. His movies target progressive and Democratic issues and probe corruption and fraud in the public and corporate sectors.
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James O’Keefe Initial career
After growing up in a conservative “but not rigorously so” New Jersey background, James O’Keefe began conservative political work at Rutgers University. After working at the school paper, he started The Centurion. O’Keefe began filming at Rutgers.
After graduating in 2006, O’Keefe joined the Leadership Institute in Arlington, Virginia. O’Keefe spent a year training college students to create conservative magazines. O’Keefe published a film in 2007 showing a Planned Parenthood worker pushing a 15-year-old undercover reporter to lie about her age to seek an abortion. The video led to the worker’s dismissal. Because the Leadership Institute couldn’t lawfully advocate, its president “told James to stop his stings or resign.”
Investigating ACORN: James O’Keefe
After a year at the Leadership Institute, O’Keefe left to make undercover movies against ACORN. The group was founded in 1970 to serve the poor. The organisation joined the social justice movement immediately after its founding. By 2010, the group had approximately 500,000 members in 75 cities.
O’Keefe and Hannah Giles posed as a pimp and prostitute and filmed ACORN workers across the country. ACORN workers advised O’Keefe and Giles how to dodge taxes and misrepresent their income to run a prostitution business. O’Keefe’s videos broadcast on Fox News and the late Andrew Breitbart’s website, BigGovernment. Congress defunded ACORN because of the recordings, and it disbanded six months later.
An outside investigation exonerated ACORN of wrongdoing in 2009.
Intruder Mary Landrieu
In January 2010, O’Keefe and three undercover videographers were detained at the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) Police suspected their objective was to tamper with the senator’s phone system.
In May 2010, O’Keefe pled guilty to misdemeanour charges of invading US property under false pretences. Three years probation, $1,500 fine, and 100 hours of community service.
Investigation by NPR
He founded Project Veritas in June 2010. “Investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misbehaviour in public and private institutions” is the organization’s objective. Since starting Project Veritas, O’Keefe has produced notable exposés. In 2011, O’Keefe and the group published a video of NPR’s senior vice president for development, Ron Schiller, ranting about Republicans and the Tea Party and stating NPR would be “better off” without federal financing.
The Blaze found the films modified to “deliberately misrepresent or mislead” As a result of the video, Ron Schiller and NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller (no relation) resigned, and Congress moved to defund NPR.
Investigative journalism and final videos by O’Keefe have been criticised. The Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf said O’Keefe’s ACORN tapes mislead viewers. “His videos go beyond normal’selection.’” In October 2016, NPR noted that O’Keefe had edited tapes in past undercover investigations.
They’ve shared raw film before, but not with these stings. Andrew Seaman, chair of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), said of O’Keefe, “James O’Keefe is not an ethical journalist if we look at his conduct in [the SPJ’s ethics code].” He has an agenda, uses covert reporting, and distorts facts and context.