In one instance, at least, the war on the media has backfired spectacularly.
As fallout from the Post's report continues, O'Keefe is visiting Dallas at the behest of the SMU chapter of Young Americans for Freedom, a campus organization William F. Buckley started in 1960.
The Washington Post said its reporters followed Ms Phillips to confirm the suspicious and found her entering Project Veritas' New York office. This, of course, was an effort to surreptitiously videotape politically biased comments, which is O'Keefe's trademark. The Post may be the preeminent news organization in the nation's capital, it may have more people covering events than nearly any organization not called The New York Times, but the essence of what they do - finding out what's going on of importance to their audience and giving honest, objective and fearless reports about it - still happens every hour of every day in this country from small towns to big cities.
'But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us. "The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicise the conversation if we fell for the trap".
'Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren't fooled, and we can't honor an "off-the-record" agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith'.
Media executives and experts generally agree that a person who lies forfeits the protection of an off-the-record agreement. The Post staff did the same thing it did with previous claims made by women about Mr. Moore before they posted a groundbreaking article earlier this month: They checked it out.
Four more women have since come forward alleging sexual misconduct by Moore, who has continued to deny the allegations and push forward with his campaign. Two of the accusers spoke to Alabama reporters, and another held a news conference.
The people at Project Veritas weren't trying to expose a mistake; they were trying to create one where none existed, in order to discredit the women who came forward about Moore, along with every woman who has or will come forward about harassment and assault. The paper, like most news organizations, has a strict policy against paying for information.
Donald Trump funded group that tried to plant fake news stories
What tipped off The Post reporters that what this woman, Jamie Phillips, was saying to them wasn't true? On its website, the organization says that it does "not advocate specific resolutions to the issues that are raised through its investigations, nor do we encourage others to do so", and seeks only to "inform the public of wrongdoing and allow the public to make judgments on the issues".
Phillips admitted she had created the post and said it was for a job with the Daily Caller that had since fallen through.
Reporter Stephanie McCrummen of The Washington Post, left, interviews Jaime Phillips at a Greek restaurant in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday. Post researchers even uncovered a GoFundMe.com page under fake informant Jamie Phillips' name seeking help to move to NY to "work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and [deceit] of the liberal MSM".
The above web page was a GoFundMe account seeking to raise money for a woman named Jaime Phillips's relocation to NY.
She claimed he then took her to get an abortion.
Yep, Phillips apparently just got a job working for a group called Project Veritas which hires "undercover reporters" to do sting operations to try to uncover fake news. Shortly after the woman was seen walking into their offices, founder James O'Keefe declined to answer questions about her connection to the organization.
O'Keefe countered by dropping different undercover footage he had captured of the Washington Post's National Security Correspondent, Dan Lamothe.