A new undercover video from conservative activist James O’Keefe and Project Veritas shows a New York Times online editor admitting the paper’s lack of objectivity and saying he planned to target the Trump family — including the president’s “dumb f*** of a son” — among other outrages.
The video featured Times’ Audience Strategy Editor Nicholas Dudich, who — in spite of the embarrassment created by what he said — appears to be the right fit for the Gray Lady. For instance, when asked about being objective at The Times, Dudich said, “No I’m not, that’s why I’m here.”
Dudich, who bragged that “my voice is on every — my imprint is on every video we do,” came to the vaunted “newspaper of record” from a very predictable place: Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
“So I have that background, so when Clinton in 2016… they needed a volunteer strategist to do video… well, they needed someone to help them do video, and how to make it heartfelt, for Clinton.”
But, he got back into journalism — to continue his liberal activism. Or, as Dudich put it in the video, “(l)ike, after the Clinton campaign, I’m like, no, I need to get back into news and keep doing s*** because, like, this isn’t going to change.”
As for what he’d do to target the president, Dudich said that, “I’d target his businesses, his dumb f*** of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric … Target that. Get people to boycott going to his hotels. Boycott … So a lot of the Trump brands, if you can ruin the Trump brand and you put pressure on his business and you start investigating his business and you start shutting it down, or they’re hacking or other things. He cares about his business more than he cares about being president. He would resign. Or he’d lash out and do something incredibly illegal, which he would have to.”
All the character assassination that’s fit to print! It’s worth noting that we don’t know which son Dudich is talking about, Donald Jr. or Eric. Heck, it could even be Barron — it’s not like liberals haven’t targeted him before. Just look at Kathy Griffin.
Here’s the video below, which we must remind you includes strong language:
The Times, quite predictably, downplayed Dudich’s role and what he was caught saying.
Based on what we’ve seen in the Project Veritas video, it appears that a recent hire in a junior position violated our ethical standards and misrepresented his role,” Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said Tuesday. “In his role at The Times, he was responsible for posting already published video on other platforms and was never involved in the creation or editing of Times videos. We are reviewing the situation now.”
In all fairness, The Times’ statement didn’t use the usual out organizations use when confronted with Project Veritas videos, which is that all of the horrible things these people are saying on camera are the result of selective editing (although it did condescendingly note that Project Veritas does “what it describes as undercover exposés”).
However, we predict the same resolution as always: Person involved gets quietly fired, media outlet says what they said has nothing to do with a wider organizational culture, and everyone agrees to move on with no substantive questions being answered.
You may disagree with the methods of Mr. O’Keefe or Project Veritas. However, they’ve managed to obtain indisputable evidence, especially in the sphere of mainstream media, that proves an operative bias within organizations that hide behind the banner of objectivity.
What Ms. Rhoades Ha and the rest of the people at The New York Times want you to believe is that the paper has no interest in attacking the president or his family. They’re just doing their job — “Democracy dies in darkness,” as one of The Times’ fellow broadsheets is fond of noting. They’re humbly shining a light on the administration, just doing their job, nothing to see here.
How credulous do you have to be to believe that? How naive (and/or liberal) do you have to be to assume that this is just the opinion of one guy who “was responsible for posting already published video on other platforms” and had nothing to do with the ethical standards on the rest of the paper? How gullible must you be to assume The Times is above launching attacks on Donald Trump’s family members for political gain?
In a way, I’m not angry that Mr. Dudich was caught, or at any of the things he had to say. What does raise my ire is the implied insult to my intelligence when The Times assures me and readers worldwide that these were just the opinions of one misguided young man who slapped prefabricated videos on social media, and not the modus operandi of a publication whose decades of contempt for the right have made it the bête noire of conservatives everywhere.
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