James O'Keefe Responds to NYT Executive Editor Calling Veritas "Despicable"
NYT Executive Editor Dean Baquet Comments on Veritas Video, Calls James O'Keefe "despicable"
Major Social Media Policy Updates Employed by NYT in Wake of Project Veritas Videos
Teases Next Video: "I love it when a plan comes together"
(NEW YORK) - On October 12, 2017, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet discussed the recent American Pravda NYT videos. This follows the first response to the undercover videos by The Times, which acknowledges that the Times employee featured in the undercover video "violated our ethical standards and misrepresented his role."
In his comments, Baquet describes James O'Keefe as "a despicable person who runs a despicable organization." Baquet does acknowledge that Dudich "said things he shouldn't have said" and says that he "will deal with that."
Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe shot back at Baquet, saying that instead of making negative characterizations of him and his organization, he "should be thanking us because we helped clean up his shop."
Baquet criticizes O'Keefe's undercover work, citing its use of "lying and subterfuge," and that "the greater sin wasn't his [Dudich's], it was theirs [Project Veritas]." O'Keefe responded, explaining that the deception used by Project Veritas differs from the deception that The New York Times employs: "We deceive our targets, they deceive their audience."
Just last month, The New York Times sponsored an in-depth undercover investigation into the alt-right. "Where was this outrage from Dean Baquet?" asks James O'Keefe.
The New York Times also updated their social media policy on October 13, just days after Project Veritas released two videos exposing malpractice by Audience Strategy Editor Nick Dudich whose job description includes to "Build an overall video social strategy across a number of social platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more," according to a job posting on Linkedin.
These policy changes cover all social media platforms for Times employees' personal social media accounts:
"In social media posts, our journalists must not express partisan opinions, promote political views, endorse candidates, make offensive comments or do anything else that undercuts The Times's journalistic reputation.
"Our journalists should be especially mindful of appearing to take sides on issues that The Times is seeking to cover objectively.
"These guidelines apply to everyone in every department of the newsroom, including those not involved in coverage of government and politics."
O'Keefe also teases that there is more video to come: "Our investigation is ongoing. We still have people inside their newsroom." He continues:
"A lot of people say, 'James, what's next?' All I can say is I love their reactions. I love it when a plan comes together. What do I mean by that? Stay tuned."
See Baquet's full quotes at the bottom of this page.
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Jim Rutenberg (Media Columnist, NYT): "James O'Keefe, the sort of guerrilla conservative filmmaker, captured someone who was portrayed as being a very senior level boss at our newspaper, saying, 'I am biased' and 'I'm related to Comey,' I've never met the guy. Maybe as a boss I need to go find him..."
Dean Baquet (Executive Editor, NYT): "Yeah, I have a lot of thoughts about this. For those of you who saw it, it was an undercover operation in which James O'Keefe, who I think is a despicable person who runs a despicable operation. He essentially tries to catch people from what he sees as the left-wing media saying inappropriate things. He caught a kid, a guy in his 20s, who I, to give you an idea, they portray him as a very powerful figure in the New York Times... I never met him."
Jim Rutenberg: "When did he start?"
Dean Baquet: "He started 6 months ago. Um, and he's, he has a very entry-level job at the New York Times. And he said things he shouldn't have said. Um, and he said things that you know, were damaging. And I'll deal with that. But the greater sin wasn't his, it was theirs. They sent a young woman in, as part of their undercover operation, who essentially made him think he was developing a friendship. He said really stupid stuff, he said he was Jim Comey's godson, he said he had once worked undercover, essentially... he said stuff he shouldn't have said. But his sin was a sin of foolishness and it violated our policies. Their sin was greater. Their sin was a sin of lying and subterfuge. They're, they're just awful."
Jim Rutenberg: "For a purpose."
Dean Baquet: "For a purpose, I mean, to ding the New York Times, they went after a kid, who just started his career in journalism. To ding the New York Times, and they probably affected his career, forever. That's despicable. So, yes, he committed a sin, and I'll deal with that. I was raised Catholic, that's a venial sin. I was an altar boy, their sin is a mortal sin."