Project Veritas has delivered many undercover news stories over the last year. They were kicked out by the old Twitter, but now, with Elon Musk as the platform’s CEO, they're back with some interesting tidbits.
On Christmas Eve, they paid a quick visit to the New York Times building in the middle of Manhattan, New York. Their identities weren't really kept secret, since they carried a sign that read “The Veritas Army.” They were dressed in costumes, with James O'Keefe playing Santa, accompanied by his elf helper, “Patrick.” O'Keefe asked employees if they were “naughty or nice,” observing that there was not a lot of Christmas cheer inside the building. He even offered to provide coal to those New York Times employees who were naughty and not nice.
One of the most memorable responses was after O'Keefe questioned one person who was passing by him whether he thought the New York Times had been “naughty or nice.” The man replied with a firm, “Naughty!” O'Keefe inquired why, and he responded, “Because I used to work in this building.” He knew. One of the passersby said his opinion was that the NY Times “sucked.” He cited one of his favorite Scriptures, “I will send you strong delusions 'cause you're going to believe the lie before you believe the truth.”
Project Veritas's venture appeared to irritate some and garnered interest from Stephen Merelman, the NY Times’ criminal justice editor. He walked up to Patrick the elf and asked, “Hey Patrick, one of my colleagues in Washington was wondering if you could spell your last name for us.” It wasn't obvious how he knew the name of the elf was Patrick, and that “one of my colleagues in Washington” line appeared to be an intimidating gesture. However, Patrick the elf didn't seem intimidated by this move one bit. “How do you know I'm Patrick?” the elf asked Merelman. “Because I know,” Merelman said. Patrick played along with Merelman, “Can you spell it?” This was the moment that Merelman realized that the conversation was not going the way he wanted it to and fled into the building.
Jeenah Moon, a NY Times‘ photojournalist, came out and snapped photos of “Santa” O'Keefe and his elf. O'Keefe teased her about the Project Veritas report in March, when one of their reporters, Matthew Rosenberg, cut down his colleagues over their focus on the January 6 Capitol protest, calling them “f***king dweebs” for “going on about their trauma.” Rosenberg had stated that he was “so over it” at the time. O'Keefe also took the opportunity to highlight a victory they had won in a defamation lawsuit against the Times.
What a long and strange journey this paper, the New York Times, has been on, despite its slogan of “all the news that's fit to print.” Its editors apologized for an op-ed written by Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) that condemned rioting and recommended that federal help be sought. While the paper apologized for the publication of Cotton's editorial, it had no issue with an essay written by a guest writer concerning “How to Blow Up a Pipeline.” The editors were also able to come up with every excuse for the horrific murders that took place in New York City without blaming the shoddy governance of the Democrats in charge—politicians who do not want to lock up those who should be held in prison. When Joe Biden declared that Fox's Peter Doocy was a “son of a bitch,” the NY Times found that one of “the most unlikely feel-good moments of his time in office.”
When you've become a liberal media outlet, you're likely to say and do all sorts of bizarre things. When you do, you're subject to Project Veritas appearing at your door to expose your actions. This is also why people no longer trust what the paper publishes (if they ever did).A sad legacy for the New York Times: from all the news that’s fit to print to all the “news” that no one trusts.