‘Journalism Is On Trial’: Project Veritas Ordered To Pay Democratic Consulting Firm Over 2016 Sting Operation | Eastern North Carolina Now | Project Veritas was ordered to pay $120,000 to a Democrat consulting firm this week after a jury found the organization guilty on charges of breaking federal and Washington, D.C., wiretapping laws and fraudulent misrepresentation.

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    Project Veritas was ordered to pay $120,000 to a Democrat consulting firm this week after a jury found the organization guilty on charges of breaking federal and Washington, D.C., wiretapping laws and fraudulent misrepresentation.

    The investigative organization was sued by Democracy Partners, a Democrat consulting group, that had been the target of a sting operation by Project Veritas back in 2016, The New York Times reported. They had accused the group of breaking the law by having an undercover employee receive an internship with the group using a fake identity and making recordings of the firm.

    Project Veritas plans on appealing the civil case ruling, and James O'Keefe, the group's founder, said that the jury's decision had major implications for journalism in America.

    "The jury effectively ruled investigative journalists owe a fiduciary duty to the subjects they are investigating and that investigative journalists may not deceive the subjects they are investigating," O'Keefe said in a statement following the ruling. "Journalism is on trial, and Project Veritas will continue to fight for every journalist's right to news gather, investigate, and expose wrongdoing - regardless of how powerful the investigated party may be. Project Veritas will not be intimidated."

    The jury ruled that Allison Maass, who had interned with Democracy Partners as part of Project Veritas's investigation, had a fiduciary duty to the group that she broke by secretly recording them.

    The videos recorded by Maass appeared to show Robert Creamer of Democracy Partners and another Democratic operative suggesting that they incite violence at rallies for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

    Creamer claimed that he lost roughly half a million dollars in contracts because of the videos, according to the NYT. He said in a statement after the jury's ruling that he hoped it would dissuade Project Veritas from "conducting political spy operations."

    "Hopefully, the decision today will help to discourage Mr. O'Keefe and others from conducting these kind of political spy operations and publishing selectively edited, misleading videos in the future," he said.

    Paul Calli, the lawyer who defended Project Veritas, said that the videos were an example of "the finest American tradition called muckraking."

    Calli also pointed to potential First Amendment implications of the trial, saying that the legal battle was not yet over.

    "The folks on my Left prefer to ignore that fact and will spike the ball and celebrate on Twitter because in this case the journalist isn't someone they 'like' or agree with and instead exposed the soft white underbelly of their party. We will see what the finish line brings," he said.

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In what may be the most divisive period in modern American History, even more divisive than the turbulent sixties due to today's lack of patriotism, consider what are the major catalysts causing so much of this calamity of conflict, and vote: What most instigates the division of America, on this day September 20, 2022?
  Racism within our society
  Sex realignment to the detriment of our society.
  Biden /Harris Wide Open Southern Border Policy for the Demographic Upheaval of OUR Constitutional Republic
  Rampant Crime in Democratic controlled cities, and the possible contagion elsewhere
  Covid Pandemic, and its mishandling at the political, and bureaucratic levels.
  The unresolved questions /allegation regarding the flawed 2020 General Election
  January 6th Riot or "Armed Insurrection", depending upon patriotic perspective
  Joe Biden as Divisive Leader; Ineffective and Corrupt Executive
  Failed Education Industry, from an overall perspective, regarding all levels of education.
  Propagandistic Media in complete conflict with the First Amendment's guarantee of Freedom of Speech, and the awesome responsibility of a Free Press..
  "Orangeman Bad!"
  Bureaucracy rushing to a behemoth size, its unjustified expense, and far too often overreach.
  The Weaponized Deep State for political purposes
  A secular ambivalence to all that is real.
  Record number of overdose deaths from opioids and now Fentanyl
  Biden Administration's disastrous Foreign Policy
  Bidenflation /supply chain failure inevitably evolving into stagflation and recession.
  "Ultra MAGA Extremists" freely speaking louder AND LOUDER!
700 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?


poll#154
Inarguably, the policies of the Democrats in congress and Joe Biden as the Executive is plunging the United States into a recession, if we are not already there; a recession that was completely avoidable. Will abrupt changes in policies occur in time?
  Yes, the Democrats have a bold plan, yet to be revealed, to save us.
  No, there will have to be a complete undoing of the damage done by these Democrats.
  I can't do simple math, so how am I to understand the concept of basic economics.
1,182 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?

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