Among Project Veritas’ latest undercover efforts to unveil biases in so-called “objective” mainstream media, James O’Keefe released a video that caught Nick Dudich, the New York Times’ Audience Strategy Editor, repeatedly admitting that he promoted content to damage President Trump’s businesses with the end goal of forcing Trump’s presidential resignation.
Here’s a brief sampling of the video content:
When asked about his objectivity at the New York Times, Dudich admits “No I’m not…that’s why I’m here.”
With regard to his opinion on his own sphere of influence within the Times, Dudich states “my voice is on… my imprint is on every video we do.”
Dudich explains his approach and strategy to undermine Trump:
“I’d target his businesses, his dumb fuck of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric…”
“Target that. Get people to boycott going to his hotels. Boycott… So a lot of the Trump brands, if you can ruin the Trump brand and you put pressure on his business and you start investigating his business and you start shutting it down, or they’re hacking or other things. He cares about his business more than he cares about being President. He would resign. Or he’d lash out and do something incredibly illegal, which he would have to.”
When asked by the undercover journalist whether he can make the anti-Trump stories appear at the front, Dudich replied, “Oh, we always do.”
It also surprised O’Keefe to learn that Dudich worked for Hillary’s 2016 campaign as well as Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns:
“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.”
Apparently, Dudich quit his journalism job to work for Clinton’s campaign: “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.”
Ultimately, his activism got the best of him as he sought to apply it within a medium whose credibility relied on the journalistic objectivity: “Like, after the Clinton campaign, I’m like, no I need to get back into news and keep doing shit because, like, this isn’t going to change.”
In what appears as a set of strange comments, Dudich mentioned that the FBI requested he join the Antifa movement as an undercover agent; a request from James Comey, to whom he referred to as his godfather; a statement he later retracted.
“Yeah, I used to be an Anti-Fa punk once upon a time…So, I had fun. They’d start s**t, I’m like, I get to hit you. I’m so excited…I joined that stuff for them [the FBI]. I was an asset… So it was intelligence gathering, seeing if they were [sic], what their agenda was, whether they’re a threat or not.”
When asked how he met Comey, Dudich said, “He’s my godfather…My dad and mom knew him and his wife for a really long time…Well the Comey hearing, I should have recused myself, but I’m not ever telling anybody there [at the Times] that I have a tie with that or else I don’t know if they can keep me on.”
When this bombshell dropped, the Times dismissed Dudich as a “recent hire” in a “junior position” who “misrepresented his role” in the company, as Danielle Rhoades, NYT spokeswoman, states:
“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.”
With all of these allegations of fake news going ‘round, it’s fair to assume that in most cases–most…not all– the news itself isn’t fabricated.
But what matters in news–what’s almost as significant as the information itself–is the angle of the approach and the interpretive structure through which a story is told.
Even the hardest of facts are subject to the malleable powers of interpretation. And we know which direction these facts will get spun in the hands of liberal media.
If anything is fake, it’s the notion of journalistic “objectivity,” a principle behind which media can simultaneously conceal and advance its highly-biased perspectives on an unsuspecting, in many cases unthinking, audience.
As for Dudich’s foiled plans, it doesn’t look like Trump is the one who is going to resign or get fired.
Here’s a link to the complete video.