Operation Market Garden was the British plan to build on prior successes using paratroopers to build a bridgehead and seize large swaths of territory, while also trapping large German army units in a bold advance through the Netherlands.
Immortalized on screen in the movie “A Bridge Too Far,” the bridge at Arnhem was indeed seized, at the cost of nearly the entire British I Airborne Corps. Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery should have known better. And indeed, he did. ( As Major Brian Urquhart, Chief of Intelligence British I Airborne Corps commented, "I simply did not believe that the Germans were going to roll over and surrender.")
James O’Keefe and Project Veritas has successfully exposed corruption in liberal organizations, single-handedly taken down ACORN, and baited a CNN producer into revealing liberal bias. He had been dealing with low-level functionaries and over-eager employees. Word on the street in the New York Times and Washington Post is that Veritas wanted to infiltrate their newsrooms also.
The top bricks on the main stream media pyramid may be tilted to the left, and they may be coastal elites and the products of socialist-loving, progressive journalist schools, but they are not stupid.
When Monty sent his light infantry paratroopers ahead and XXX Corps to link up Eindhoven, Nijmegen, and Arnhem, he went up against Generalfeldmarschall Walter Model. Model was the Wehrmacht’s best tactician, especially on defense. At his disposal was a well-rested and supplied II SS Panzer Corps, containing the 9th and 10th SS Panzer Divisions—the best armor in Europe. The results were predictable (and predicted).
When O’Keefe sent a newly recruited undercover videographer to capture the Washington Post’s Beth Reinhard saying something prejudicial and biased against Roy Moore, the results were predictable.
When “Jaime Phillips” anonymously contacted Reinhard, offering a story that Moore had impregnated her at 15 and drove her to Mississippi for an abortion, the story was too important to ignore, but too convenient not to raise every red flag.
In the days that followed the purported tipster’s initial emails, Reinhard communicated with the woman through an encrypted text messaging service and spoke by phone with the person to set up a meeting. When the woman suggested a meeting in New York, Reinhard told her she would have to know more about her story and her background. The woman offered that her real name was Jaime Phillips.
Did O’Keefe and “Jaime Phillips” really think the Washington Post would not fact check anyone offering an unsolicited salacious bombshell?
Phillips also repeatedly asked the reporter to guarantee her that Moore would lose the election if she came forward. Reinhard told her in a subsequent text message that she could not predict what the impact would be. Reinhard said she also explained to Phillips that her claims would have to be fact-checked. Additionally, Reinhard asked her for documents that would corroborate or support her story.
Back at WaPo, Alice Crites, who got a byline on the report resulting from Veritas’ hamfisted dumbassery, worked with Reinhard, and together they fact checked everything “Jaime Phillips” said. She found that her story did not check out (imagine that!), and that a GoFundMe.com page under Phillips’ name had this plea:
“I’m moving to New York!” the May 29 appeal said. “I’ve accepted a job to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt of the liberal MSM. I’ll be using my skills as a researcher and fact-checker to help our movement. I was laid off from my mortgage job a few months ago and came across the opportunity to change my career path.”
And to make it even more obvious:
In a March posting on its Facebook page, Project Veritas said it was seeking 12 new “undercover reporters,” though the organization’s operatives use methods that are eschewed by mainstream journalists, such as misrepresenting themselves.
The Washington Post was more than ready for this kind of amateur hour, and Veritas played right into their hands.
Jaded with Reinhard, Phillips finally agreed to meet with another WaPo reporter, Stephanie McCrummen, who co-wrote the initial article on Moore’s accusers. Armed with damning evidence (the GoFundMe page and other fact check results) McCrummen took along a video crew and met Phillips in an Alexandria restaurant.
Phillips tried to bait McCrummen by complaining about President Trump’s endorsement of Moore.
“So my whole thing is, like, I want him to be completely taken out of the race . . . ” she said. “And I really expected that was going to happen, and now it’s not. So, I don’t know what you think about that.”
After getting Phillips to provide a driver’s license, McCrummen went for the kill:
“We have a process of doing background, checking backgrounds and this kind of thing, so I wanted to ask you about one thing,” McCrummen said, pulling out a copy of the page and reading from it. “So I just wanted to ask you if you could explain this, and I also wanted to let you know, Jaime, that this is being recorded and video recorded.”
It went really bad after that point, because Phillips was caught, knew she was caught, and used some really bad lies, invoking a fake name at the Daily Caller (which was easily debunked). And to prove that WaPo had it right, the GoFundMe page was gone by 7 p.m. the same day.
This was a poorly planned, poorly executed attempt to smear the Washington Post. At best, it was Phillips working on her own. But I think the evidence points to Veritas, especially since they just claimed in a fundraising email that “our investigative journalist embedded within the publication had their cover blown.”
Right. Nicely played.
When WaPo turned the tables on O’Keefe, he acted like a Republican Senator being asked about Roy Moore.
Like Monty’s planned assault on the Netherlands, these things just don’t work if you’re up against professionals who are prepared for you.
All O’Keefe and Veritas has done here is discredit themselves, solidify WaPo’s reporting creds, and make it more likely that the women who came forward on Roy Moore were right to trust WaPo. Since that story broke, Alabamians have been subject to the most ridiculous and base tactics to sow distrust of the paper.
At this point, these dirty tricks have probably backfired and made more people believe the story than if it had run with nothing more than Moore’s denial.
Perhaps it’s time for O’Keefe and Veritas to take a break and reconsider their methods. They’re beginning to look as bad as the organizations they’re fighting against.