At event sponsored by Civitas and Franklin Center:
Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe shows a tape of his “company” that digs holes, and fills them up. And he gets on video the admission that so many of these jobs are, um, B.S.
Now … “To Catch a Journalist.”
He first plays video and audio of a professor admitting that if his institute’s research runs counter to what the client wants, the institute will kill it.
“There’s no debating a video,” O’Keefe says. That’s why he uses these techniques.
Video: A scruffy white guy goes into Eric Holder’s voting place. He doesn’t have ID, he doesn’t say he’s Holder, just mentions his name. Poll workers are eager to let him vote; he ducks out, saying he wants to get his ID.
Then, “Operation Chaos,” taping UNC officials while O’Keefe operative discusses voter fraud, and officials seem sympathetic.
Or O’Keefe actor in a Bavarian costume, in NC, being offered ballots in the name in of dead people. Or his hand is in a cast, so they’re signing for him.
A video of one NC expose.
In New Hampshire, Project Veritas combed obits, got names of the dead, and went in to polling places.
In NH you don’t need an ID, or maybe a pulse, a news story says.
“It’s very dangerous work,” O’Keefe says. If you don’t do it just right, you could be charged with a felony.
“The media is everything,” he says. The media can change the topic — to whether he is breaking the law.
He is adamant that he committed no crime, that no one misrepresented themselves.
And NH passed voter ID bill.
O’Keefe lampoons NH Gov. Lynch’s statements.
O’Keefe operatives go to a bar, a hotel, etc., put don’t have ID. “It’s racist” to demand ID, an O’Keefe operative says.
But the same guy can go in to a polling place and say he’s Eric Holder, and then he doesn’t need an ID.
“There’s no debating” a video, O’Keefe says.
Officials threaten him. “I did not commit any crimes here,” he said.
Medicaid fraud — giving out benefits to people who didn’t deserve them.
The most outrageous idea: that an operative in a kilt in a fake Irish accent is in the IRA and needs Medicaid help for 25 Irish terrorists shot in Belfast.
That official gave him a stack of application and taught him how to get benefits.
In Ohio, posed as Russian mobsters.
When you see these, the absurdity of our social services agency comes through — “what our videos try to do is indict the system,” O’Keefe says.
That’s key: He’s trying to show the whole system is rotten.
He quotes Alinsky too. “One of the most effective tactics is making the enemy live up to their own book of rules.”
PV identifies a flaw, and we’ve blown it up, O’Keefe says.
He shows a funny Jon Stewart video.
In his exposes, the media reaction — or lack of it — is as important as the fraud, O’Keefe says.
Feds destroyed the videotape he took in the senator’s office. That was omitted from every news report.
His iPhone was called a “listening device.”
By sharing these tales, he says, he hopes he’s inspired people.
Keep moving forward, he says, and you can make a difference.
Are today’s journalists prisoners of their sources? So he suggests.
The best tactic: expose real corruption and racism.
In the ACORN exposes, only in LA did the PV team get turned down.
The solution to voter fraud: “Make more videos.”
In Ohio, every Medicaid worker was retrained, in response to a PV video.