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A Renaissance for Citizen Journalism – An Interview with James O’Keefe – Episode 518

On this episode of Blunt Force Truth, Chuck and Mark are joined by award-winning journalist and founder of Project Veritas, James O’Keefe. James has been very successful at exposing corruption, fraud, and wrongdoing across the country.

Chuck and Mark kick off by asking James about how the media coverage of the Coronavirus. James explains how the real stories will come from citizen reporting and the importance of citizens stepping up to reveal the truth.

They continue their conversation by asking James about the type of people that Project Veritas wants for their undercover journalism work. They talk about how this type of work is the only way to bring out the truth of what is happening with the Coronavirus. James also explains the power that audio and video has when it comes to journalism.

Chuck and Mark finish up their conversation with James by asking him about some of the issues that he encounters with undercover journalism. James explains the push back that he has received from the mainstream media. He also explains the complicated recording laws that Project Veritas has had to work around but has done so successfully.


More about James O’Keefe:

James O’Keefe founded Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action after he had pulled off some of the most consequential undercover journalism coups in a generation, so he could have an organization dedicated to reviving the craft of undercover journalism. These two organizations are non-profits dedicated to investigating corruption, dishonesty, waste and fraud in public institutions and the private sector.

The undercover journalism O’Keefe has pioneered at Project Veritas relies on the most modern digital and video technology infused with the legacy of the great investigative journalists of the past, such as Nellie Bly, Mike Wallace, Gunter Wallraff and Woodward and Bernstein.

Today, O’Keefe and Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action continue to seek the same opportunities first motivated him as a Rutgers undergraduate philosophy major. At Rutgers, he founded an independent campus newspaper called The Centurion.

Aside from leading Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action, O’Keefe is the author of two best-selling books, Breakthrough: Our guerilla war to expose fraud and save democracy, published in 2013, and American Pravda: My fight for truth in the era of Fake News, published in 2018. Both books are personal and revealing works about both his experiences on the line of scrimmage of American democracy and his take on what mainstream media has become and what it should be.

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