James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, calls himself a “citizen journalist.” He relies on donations to fund his work.
O’Keefe has made major headlines this week due to a string of undercover videos showing the corruption in the DNC and Clinton campaign. They show DNC consultants admitting to spearheading the violent protests that have taken place at Trump rallies throughout the U.S. They reveal how the DNC is willing to pay people to rig elections. And, sadly, they show how DNC consultants target old ladies at Trump events.
But the mainstream media has pushed back on these videos by claiming they are “creatively edited.” O’Keefe has been long considered by the left as a dishonest reporter who edits his videos to drive a conservative narrative. Thus, the left is putting pressure on O’Keefe to release the full 40-hours of uncut video. O’Keefe says he will not release the full tapes, and so the tug of war begins between those who believe the videos are true, and those who believe the message is tainted because of tricky editing. Either way, NBC News and the Washington Post are accusing Trump of foul play, stating the real estate mogul paid for the videos to be produced.
At the third presidential debate, Donald Trump invoked a video that says supporters of Hillary Clinton were paid to incite violence at one of his rallies in Chicago. It was an attack thread to emphasize that her campaign was “sleazy.”
But what Trump didn’t say is that he has paid the filmmaker who he says uncovered the story.
The video, which was just released earlier this week and made by conservative activist James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, was paid $10,000 by the Trump Foundation in May of 2015 – one month before Trump’s announcement of candidacy.
“They hired people. They paid them $1,500, and they’re on tape saying be violent, cause fights, do bad things,” Trump said on the debate stage Wednesday night, referencing the video by O’Keefe.
NBC News has not corroborated the video.
The payment was first reported by Think Progress and was listed in a compilation of donations the Trump Foundation gave to the Washington Post.
“I was wondering what happened with my rally in Chicago and other rallies where we had such violence. She’s the one and Obama that caused the violence,” Trump said at the debate.
O’Keefe has produced numerous videos that have attempted to take down members of the media, Democrats or progressives. He led the videos during the 2008 election of progressive group ACORN and attempted to show that Planned Parenthood sold aborted fetuses.
Breitbart is the platform where O’Keefe’s videos are posted. The former head of Breitbart, Steve Bannon, is the CEO of Trump’s campaign.
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