Once again, the attempts to discredit our free press are coming in waves, and the press must be ever-vigilant. This from The Washington Post:
“A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.
The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account. When Post reporters confronted her with inconsistencies in her story and an Internet posting that raised doubts about her motivations, she insisted that she was not working with any organization that targets journalists.
But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw her walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The organization sets up undercover “stings” that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias.”
If the Post had gone with this woman’s made-up story, if they had not ‘smelled a rat’, there would have been loud cries of “Fake News” and Trump would have been all over Twitter screaming about the “failing New York Times”. Fortunately, they smelled that rat in time, and I sense the hand of a very large rat by the name of Steve Bannon behind this.
Project Veritas is an organization that uses deceptive tactics and secretly recorded conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets, media organizations such as The Washington Post, New York Times and others. Lest you think they are not affiliated with Donald Trump, he donated $10,000 to Project Veritas in 2015. So what was the purpose of this ‘sting operation’ on the part of Project Veritas? To discredit the women who came forth and told their stories about Roy Moore sexually assaulting them as teens. If the Post had believed the woman sent by Project Veritas, had run the story, they would have immediately proven it false, and it would have cast a shadow over the other women as well, women whose accusations have been well-researched and shown to be credible. Most would have assumed that if the Post got it wrong once, they were probably wrong about the others as well.
Even worse, however, on a much wider scale, it would have been one more strike … a large one … against the free press, for it would have shown their vulnerability to reporting untruths. Now allow me to switch gears for a moment …
Yesterday, Donald Trump, seemingly out of the blue, denied the infamous Access Hollywood video where he was caught on tape making vulgar comments about women and his treatment of them. He denied the video that was released in October 2016 that he admitted to at the time it was released, referring to it then as “locker room talk”! He even went so far as to say, “I said it, I was wrong and I apologize.” Now, however, he is saying he “has doubts about the veracity” of the tape. The tape has been proven to be the real thing, by the way, so Trump’s attempts to cast doubt are nothing more than the substance that comes from a bull’s rear end.
To what end … what purpose in all this? On the surface, it would appear that both the woman falsely claiming to have been impregnated by Roy Moore, and Trumps denial of the well-documented Access Hollywood tapes are both attempts to discredit the women who were abused by Roy Moore in order to help him win the December 12th election for Senate. Simple, right? But I think there are further reasons. I think they are an attempt to discredit one of our oldest and most reliable media outlets, The Washington Post. Why?
A look at the slogan the Post added to its masthead back in February may answer that question:
Donald Trump’s presidency, if it can be called such, has been a failed experiment. He is not succeeding, his approval ratings remain below 40% and there is an ever-growing movement for impeachment. Add to that, the fact that Robert Mueller’s investigation is showing signs of getting a little too close to Trump himself for his comfort, and you have a recipe for disaster, from his point of view. How better to keep public opinion from going full steam against him than to discredit the very ones who are keeping close tabs on him and his dastardly deeds? He is running scared and will shoot the messenger before he will allow that messenger to deliver his message.
I am relieved that the editors and reporters at The Washington Post were alert and diffused the threat by Project Veritas before the unthinkable happened. But make no mistake … there will be a next time, and a next, and a next, for Bannon and Trump are not yet finished. We, as well as the media outlets, must be ever-vigilant, for Democracy Dies in Darkness.