In one instance, at least, the war on the media has backfired spectacularly.
It's pretty clear what was happening here: Phillips wanted to catch Post reporters talking in a way that suggested they were out to get Moore.
The Washington Post says it has exposed a woman who approached the paper claiming she was impregnated by Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore when she was a teenager, all in an apparent attempt to expose media bias through an undercover operation with a conservative activist.
OK, Trump. In this case, you are allowed to call this Jaime T. Phillips woman and her fellow frauds "fake news". She said they started a "secret" sexual relationship and she became pregnant, according to the Post. This, of course, was an effort to surreptitiously videotape politically biased comments, which is O'Keefe's trademark. It's fun watching her confront her interlocutor with evidence of a GoFundMe titled "Help Me Move to NY to Infiltrate Liberal Cunt's Stupid Vagina Show", although it's a little less fun than watching McCrummen pull essentially the same move in real life. The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicize the conversation if we fell for the trap, ' Baron continued. "Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren't fooled, and we can't honour an "off-the-record" agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith".
Phillips denied being in contact with the Moore campaign, and denied recording the meeting with McCrummen before abruptly cutting off the meeting. Two of the accusers spoke to Alabama reporters, and another held a news conference.
Red flags were raised during the interview process when Phillips reportedly kept asking The Post reporters for their opinions on how her story might effect Moore's race, and whether her story might crumble his chances to win.
That's when the investigators noticed other parts of her story didn't add up.
Phillips admitted she had created the post and said it was for a job with the Daily Caller that had since fallen through.
The Post's Stephanie McCrummen asked the Project Veritas undercover reporter: "I also, frankly, want to know who you might be working for now ..." Fact-checking her background led to the discovery of a GoFundMe page under the same name, seeking funds to help relocate to NY for employment by "the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceit of the liberal MSM [Mainstream Media]".
The above web page was a GoFundMe account seeking to raise money for a woman named Jaime Phillips's relocation to NY.
Not only did the paper's reporters come to the conclusion that the account was false after thoroughly vetting it, but they noticed that the woman they interviewed payed a visit to Project Veritas' headquarters.
In the end, O'Keefe's organization wound up showing that the Post was cautious in dealing with an orchestrated attempt to peddle lies about a candidate. The May 16, 2016 post on the Project Veritas website explained, "The video exposes the partisanship of the Bus Project and the leftist agenda of the Oregon Public School system".