On Monday, the Washington Post entertainingly exposed a right-wing sting operation - Project Veritas, founded by James O'Keefe - which was trying to trick the publication into running a made-up story about Roy Moore. It was after they spotted her walking into Project Veritas they chose to publish her comments. "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".
O'Keefe and the Post have put out dueling videos of a brief interview outside his offices on Monday in which the conservative activist seeks to turn the tables and question Post reporter Aaron C. Davis, who repeatedly asks O'Keefe whether the woman works for him.
Upon further examination, Phillips' account was less than watertight, according to the report published Monday.
Phillips first contacted Post reporter Beth Reinhard by email on November 10, the day after a bombshell report co-authored by Reinhard revealed claims that Moore sexually touched a 14-year-old girl in the 1970s, which Moore vehemently denies. A video recording of Phillips' meeting with one of the reporters was posted online. Phillips gave Reinhard a cell phone number with an Alabama area code, but claimed she had only lived in the state briefly as a teenager. She told the reporters that he got her pregnant and then drove her get an abortion. She told the Post she was not working with any organization that targets journalists.
The Post also found a GoFundMe fundraising campaign started by somebody with the same name as Phillips, who was soliciting donations in May to move to NY for "a job to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt (sic) of the liberal MSM" (mainstream media). And that, like the rest of Project Veritas' work, is disgusting.
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Another of Project Veritas' members, former television producer Robert Halderman, was jailed in 2010 fir attempting to blackmail TV presenter David Letterman.
Watch the segment, and the Post's original video, below.
Giving Phillips the benefit that Project Veritas does not, McCrummen informed the woman that they were being filmed before producing a print-out of the fundraising page and asking Phillips to explain herself.
Phillips acknowledged the ad as hers, but she said the job had fallen through - and that it had been a position she interviewed for at the Daily Caller, a conservative news website.
"I am not doing an interview right now, so I'm not going to say a word", O'Keefe said outside a Mamaroneck, New York, storefront. "Yeah, it was going to be with the Daily Caller, but it ended up falling through, so I wasn't able to do it".