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Well OF COURSE he invokes Orwell, that ol’ socialist.

Yesterday, we told you all about the latest “investigation” by America’s Greatest Undercover Journamalist, James O’Keefe, whose “Project Veritas” (Latin for “be outraged at whatever footage we can scrape together”) had proven that a low-level guy who posts New York Times videos to social media has decidedly leftish politics, and really likes to brag about what a big deal he is, and therefore the mainstream media can’t be trusted.

In our story, we noted that while the target of the exposé, one Nick Dudich, definitely said mean things about Donald Trump and made up a dumb story about being James Comey’s godson, Project Vertigo didn’t actually show any evidence that Dudich had managed to actually slant the news through his fairly minor position as a guy pushing other people’s work onto social media platforms. Well! That caught the eye of somebody at Project Vanitas, because they called us out on the Twitter machine:

So we went and looked at their new video and print article, which has the catchy title “American Pravda, NYT Part II: Exploiting Social Media and Manipulating the News.” In it, we see Dudich bragging to Project Verbosity’s never-seen “reporter” about how he can place NYT videos where they’ll either get lots of views or sink into obscurity. The video then moves on to argue that because YouTube’s “news” section highlights videos from major newspapers and news networks, YouTube chooses which voices America gets to hear, and that’s not fair!

As proof that Dudich is doing a bunch of liberally biased exploiting and manipulating, we see him feeding a male “reporter” a load of cowflop about what an influential guy he is:

As an editor, I’m a gatekeeper so I can choose what goes out and what doesn’t go out. And let’s say we wrote something about Facebook negatively… We actually just did a video about Facebook negatively, and I chose to put it in a spot that I knew wouldn’t do well.

O’Keefe says, in a voiceover positively reeking of gravitas, that “Dudich’s biased treatment” of that story portraying Facebook in a negative light “is a clear violation of his company’s ethical handbook,” all for the sake of protecting the many friends Dudich claims he has in Silicon Valley. We then get another clip of Dudich talking to the lady “reporter” who got most of the hidden-cam video in the first video, telling her how he knows all the coolest proprietary stuff about YouTube. Somehow, the guy whose boasts about being James Comey’s godson were proof he’s an unreliable liar is now treated as an absolutely credible source. He says he knows how to game YouTube rankings and has lots of friends on the inside, so obviously that’s proof of liberal bias all over the news. This bastard made a video critical of Facebook vanish, just because he wanted to protect the interests of all his buddies in the tech industry — Outrageous!

One tiny problem with that narrative: That Facebook story Dudich boasts about burying, so nobody would see it? Since it went up September 18, it’s gotten over 170K views. In fact, after the NYT’s obit on Hugh Hefner (198K views), a thing about “How Junk Food is Transforming Brazil” (194K views) and an incomprehensibly popular (171K views) story about luxury t-shirt designer Virgil Abloh, the Facebook piece is the fourth most-viewed video on NYT’s YouTube page in the last month.

Even assuming some spike in views yesterday from people who saw the Project Very Bad video, it looks like this Dudich boy is abysmally bad at burying news. Maybe Dudich was talking about “Keeping Indian Folk Painting Alive,” which only got 566 total views. America will never know the ugly truth about Indian folk painting, for sure.

Dudich does claim he has an advantage in getting good placement for NYT videos, because “my friends curate the front page” of YouTube — another boast Project Vermiform takes at face value. They meet with Earnest Pettie, a guy at YouTube who Dudich knows, and based on a seriously skewed interpretation of what he says, O’Keefe scolds YouTube for putting their finger on the scale and giving NYT videos “preferential treatment.” This is where the evidence of “bias” really starts falling apart, because it turns out Earnest Pettie is far more interested in talking about neato tech than in bragging about what an awesome, powerful guy he is.

Pettie, a “Brand and Diversity Curation Lead” at YouTube, does say a nice thing about Dudich, describing him as “one of the people I think who has more knowledge about YouTube as a platform than probably anyone else that I know,” but that’s a far cry from Project Volatile’s claim that Pettie “helps push Dudich’s videos to the top” — Pettie says nothing of the sort. But Pettie does talk, enthusiastically, about a relatively new feature in YouTube, the “news carousel” that appears at the top of Youtube’s News page:

And what nefarious shenanigans in skewing the news does he confess to on hidden camera? (Also, why a hidden camera? He’s happy to talk about his job.) He says the “news carousel” helps connect viewers with videos from YouTube’s news partners, which include major newspapers and TV news networks. The New York Times is one of those partners, so we guess that’s how Pettie supposedly “[pushes] Dudich’s videos to the top” — along with stuff from ABC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, the Today show, RT UK, and ESPN. The horror.

Here’s what James O’Keefe considers proof that YouTube is a horribly biased unfair slanter of the news, exactly like Pravda. Asked if YouTube’s algorithms can be fiddled with “to say, less of that?” (“That” presumably being content that YouTube wants to suppress.) Pettie explains,

Realistically, that’s what the… that’s what the news carousel kind of does. So like, it’s above the search results so, at the very least, we can say this shelf of videos from news partners is legitimate news because we know that these are legitimate news organizations. And if at that point, somebody decides they’re going to scroll past that and go find Alex Jones, well, they were looking for him to begin with anyway.

OMG they are picking winners and losers and not including Highly Respected Journalist Alex Jones among the legitimate news! This information tyranny, O’Keefe vows, will not stand, man. (Also, it turns out Pettie, interviewed in September, was a bit of an optimist — YouTube’s search algorithm needed tweaking after the site tossed up tons of conspiracy videos when people searched for information on the Las Vegas mass shooting.)

You can almost hear the men of Delta House humming “The Star Spangled Banner” as O’Keefe makes the perfectly reasonable argument that the very best standards for what counts as “news” are no standards at all:

“Illegitimate news,” what does that even mean? [Hey! Pettie never even says anything about “illegitimate” news organizations — Dok] Who decides what is legitimate and what is illegitimate? Why do they have the power to make someone legitimate or illegitimate just because they don’t like them? Is that really the environment, the news environment, that we want to live in?

Then he brings out the Big Intellectual Guns, invoking a dear old lifelong socialist of the last century who would have eaten O’Keefe’s lunch with vigor and spit out a satire on the silly little booger:

You know, George Orwell wrote a book called 1984, and in that book, he said “The Party told everyone to reject the evidence of their eyes and ears” — it was their final, most essential command. We finally have irrefutable proof that this kind of thing is happening. It’s happening on platforms that have almost universal control over the information we have access to, and honestly, it’s worrisome. Stay tuned.

We guess in O’Keefe’s understanding of the media landscape as mapped onto 1984, the Party is anyone who doesn’t recognize that the government is making the frogs gay.

So there’s Project Vespa’s proof that the New York Times is systematically slanting a news. A guy who works (or worked) there bragged about deep-sixing a video that actually got more views than most other recent NYT content, and a guy at YouTube confesses that they give preferential treatment to reality.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a human face looking at cat videos — forever.

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  • Joe Beese
    • Skeptical_thinker

      MUST NOT RAGE STROKE!

    • Darrell Imaginarian

      How embarrassing. Did I rape you, or was that your sister? It’s been a long time, hasn’t it?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Selene would fuck that asshole up!

  • Scooby

    I watched one Russian car crash video 6 months ago and that’s all that YouTube has recommended to me since then. It’s like they don’t know me at all.

  • America will never know the ugly truth about Indian folk painting, for sure.

    Holy cow man.
    http://c8.alamy.com/comp/AH8REB/aad71641-art-painting-orissa-folk-indian-god-ganesh-AH8REB.jpg

    • Arolpin

      I think that’s a holy elephant. Common mistake, but here’s a trick I used to keep them straight:
      If the horns are above the ears, you have got a cow there, cheers!
      If the horns are below the eyes, that’s an elephant in disguise!

      • Oblios_Cap

        Ganesh? Is that you?

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    BTW, does anyone ever watch the NYT’s videos? I barely manage to click on the ones here at Wonkette about half the time, and I love this site FFS: I’m not about to spend minutes of my time watching what the Grey Lady thinks is a hard-hitting clip TYVM.

    • JMP

      If I wanted to watch videos, I’d be at youtube, not at a print news site!

      Also, fuck every news site that launches autoplay videos with sound while you’re trying to read an article – Salon, I’m particularly looking at you!

      • deadjello

        I really had to stop going to that site because every time you wanted to read an article just as you were beginning BAM!! some damned ad popped up right in the middle of the fecking article.

    • Raan

      I generally ignore the news carousel entirely.

  • Joe Beese
  • Hey, my biased, uninformed hyperbolic rhetoric, opinions, and made up shit are just as much facts as your well-researched annotated documents, and it’s unAmerican of you to say otherwise. EQUAL TIME FOR ALL VIEWS!

  • armed_bears

    Best part of this noob job? More proof of what we’ve always said: Wonkette Matters™.

  • ManchuCandidate

    It is actually a feline and canine conspiracy to keep cat and dog videos at the top of the list. That is who George Soros is really funding!!!!!!

    #rightwingbullshitforidiotsandmorons

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      Not to mention Charlie from Emergency Awesome and Matthew O’Dowd from PBS Space Time are being paid by the Clintons!

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

    Who decides what is legitimate and what is illegitimate?

    We do.

    • Arolpin

      Damn, now our secret is out!
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSpOjj4YD8c

      • Ricky Gay

        I WAS JUST GOING TO POST THAT! :(

        • Arolpin

          Oh Ricky, you’re so slow, you’re so slow you just don’t know. Oh Ricky. :)

          • Ricky Gay

            Toni Basil libelz

    • Ill-Advised

      Glad we could clear that up for ya.

  • Jgb979

    Who’s even the sugar daddy responsible for paying James o’Keefes “whoopsy doodles broke federal wiretap laws” legal bills now?

    The mercers?

  • Ricky Gay

    Project Ferret Ass strikes again!

    • doktorzoom

      Oh, definitely stealing that. Consider this the only credit you’ll get, because I’m kind of a forgetful jerk that way.

      • Ricky Gay

        LOL

  • James O’Keefe looks fat.

    There, I said it.

    I have nothing to contribute to the conversation.

  • Mike Wallace

    So James O’Keefe is upset that a capitalistic company controls it’s own product?

    • PubOption

      That’s much like the workers controlling the means of production.

    • jesterpunk

      He wants sites that flatter Trump only.

  • JoeChristmas

    Is it me or is he starting to look like an rapidly aging Queefe, or a young harvey Weistein?

    • Mr. Blobfish

      He does get uglier as he gets older.

    • JMP

      Don’t forget what else the rapey creep O’Keefe has in common with Weinstein:

      http://wonkette.com/467362/james-okeefe-might-possibly-have-a-problem-with-women

      In very brief sum, Naffe (who had previously sued the RNC for a racially charged hostile work environment, because duh) was working with O’Keefe to attempt to wiretap Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters; she went to New Jersey to meet with him; and after drinking some beer found she couldn’t really use her legs? She wanted to go home, O’Keefe wouldn’t take her to the train station (and at this point she couldn’t walk), and when she finally threatened to call the
      police, he came with some total creepazoid who stood silently in the shadows, until eventually she awoke in Penn Station.

      Later, gentlemanly O’Keefe started harassing her through friends and intermediaries, which provided the basis for her charges.

      • JoeChristmas

        I enjoy reading those old threads. I missed that one and commenting on it. (I think I was on a debauchery weekend trip.) But, C_R_Eature was on a roll. He gets that active over in Wonkville now. I’m guessing User of Owls was one of the deleted commenters as there is a “Barb” reference. Internecine nostalgia.

  • TundraGrifter

    While I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to stare up James O’Keefe’s nostrils – I really do! – I’ll pass this time.

  • memzilla Ω

    You would have to promise me a lifetime’s worth of bourbon and weed to get me to watch anything from Project Vomitus, and even then, I’d have to think about it.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Really. I’ve got my own money.

    • SpideySenser

      That would be a terrible waste of a good high.

  • Oblios_Cap

    I’m getting too old to waste what little time I have left watching anything O’Keefe produces.

  • Vincent Ricola

    They let James O’Keefe tweet from jail?

  • Cock Blockula

    Project Vermin: Legitimate, Hard-Hitting News Source or Rats’ Nest of Fools? Discuss.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    MAGA!!, motherfuckers! Just won a jury instruction fight, so now, we wait. Did I miss anything?

    • jesterpunk

      Stuff and things, most of it horrible.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        Trump’s still bigly Presidential, though, right? I mean, he’s not tweeting a bunch of nonsense, or anything?

        • jesterpunk

          Only at Puerto Rico for screwing up his golfing funds. But that is still Presidential.

    • TundraGrifter

      There’s a very interesting jury instruction section in one of Vincent Bugliosi’s books – I think it’s “And the Sea Will Tell” – about how “innocent until proven guilty” is wrong and “innocent unless proven guilty” is so much better.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson
      • Oblios_Cap

        I think he’s an attorney from some previous posts.

  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher
    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      OMG we totally have to make WonkiFact a thing! Can anyone figure out how to create a revenue stream from it to make it worth Trix’ time and effort to set up? Rebecca, I’ll help with research!

  • anon_the_great

    If it weren’t for Project VeriGrifter our lil James would be in the Heritage Foundation mail room offering desperation blowjobs to anyone over 60. ” ‘Member me Mr. DeMint,” he’d burp, wiping his upper lip. “I’m Jimmy. I can do stuff.”

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    You know, George Orwell wrote a book called 1984, and in that book, he said “The Party told everyone to reject the evidence of their eyes and ears” — it was their final, most essential command. We finally have irrefutable proof that this kind of thing is happening. It’s happening on platforms that have almost universal control over the information we have access to, and honestly, it’s worrisome.

    Um, James dearie? Even if what you are claiming were true and this kid did have influence over the videos that go viral on Google and the NYT, that =/= control over information that we can access.

    And BTW, sweetie, as long as Donald is making vague threats about NBC your side doesn’t have a leg to stand on regarding this issue TYVM…

    /FFS

    • JMP

      I can’t believe how often wingnut morons like to cite 1984 when Orwell was a socialist warning of a future controlled by far-right authoritarians just like them.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        It’s almost as if they don’t understand Orwell at al-
        Wait.

        • Arolpin

          It’s almost as if they don’t understand ANYTHING at all. FTFY.

        • SpideySenser

          The old “cautionary tale” vs. “governing blueprint” went straight over their precious little brainless heads.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    The journalistic integrity and commitment to truth of this man cannot be questioned!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c4c6b40507fcec6d806279e56215908d7b859ae48346f2f8605650304d484763.jpg

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      If only he would have spent 25 cents more at the thrift store.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Only the finest pimps wear French cuffs ‘n’ collars.

    • Three Finger Salute

      Roger Stone’s illegitimate bastard child? Better get Geraldo on the case!

      https://www.awesomelyluvvie.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Roger-J-Stone-Jr.jpg

      • Villago Delenda Est

        This is a guy who thinks looking like the Monopoly guy is a plus.

      • armed_bears

        Muggle cosplay?

    • Jenny

      This guy dressed in a halloween pimp costume got people fired. That is how America works now.

  • Oblios_Cap
    • Nockular cavity

      Man, their insult game is THERMO-NUCLEAR!

  • PubOption
    • doktorzoom

      Shouldn’t that be “FALE”?

  • Crystalclear12

    James O’Keefe is what trying too hard looks like.

    • janecita

      James O’Keefe is what having a botched abortion looks like.

  • JMP

    The New York Times is one of those partners, so we guess that’s how Pettie supposedly “[pushes] Dudich’s videos to the top” — along with stuff from ABC, Fox News, Al Jazeera, the Today show, RT UK, and ESPN.”

    Considering that all of those except for Al Jazeera are right-wing propaganda outfits, why does Project Liesatus have a problem with that? Two of them even share O’Keefe’s disdain for facts!

    (Well RT sometimes poses at being liberal, but only to trick liberaler-than-thou idiots into effectively supporting the far right)

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Question. Who the hell goes to YouTube to get news? And if you want Alex Jones crap, why not just go to his website?

    • jesterpunk

      The same people who go to faceplace for news?

      • BreakingDeadMen

        I get a lot of news from friends on Facebook, mostly from the Post, NYT the networks, and I share what I find with them…I still have some gullible friends who post shit from the fakes, but for the most part it is a good way of spreading information.

    • Joe Beese

      Cute cats are news.

      • Joe Beese
        • Shanzgood

          FAKE NEWS!!1!

          • Joe Beese

            No way. This is going to win a Mewlitzer Prize.

        • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

          OH NO! IS HE DIEYING?!

          YOU ALL SHOULDN’TA MASTURBATED!!!!

      • Mr. Blobfish

        Really! YouTube is for music videos, puppet shows, cute animals and airplane crashes. Yes, I know I have a small peer group.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          And Traveling Wilburys videos.

        • Three Finger Salute

          I only check out Obama’s and Trudeau’s YouTube channels, a guy named Danooct1 who posts tech videos of vintage computer viruses, and a cult-favorite version of Angry Video Game Nerd/Nostalgia Critic called the Oddity Archive. I can’t even watch “news” anymore. Bad for my mental health.

  • Joe Beese
    • jesterpunk

      They wont do anything about it though. Until they are ready to impeach him its meaningless talk.

      • Joe Beese

        The telling thing is the unspoken understanding is that there are any number of impeachable acts already on record, ready to be chosen from.

        • jesterpunk

          There where a number of impeachable things on record the second he was sworn in too. But tax cuts for the rich are more important.

      • BigCSouthside

        They’ll wait until the ICBMs are in the air before they take him down

        • jesterpunk

          “He is still learning and new to the job”

          Paul Ryan

          • BigCSouthside

            “We’re just Block granting death to the planet.”

            -also Paul Ryan

        • Nockular cavity

          “After World War II is over, you’re going to be in big trouble, mister!”

    • Oblios_Cap

      Gotta get their donors some more tax dollars before trump can be deposed.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Why? Pence’ll sign any tax cut they put in front of him. Are they that afraid of their rabid base?

    • Jenny

      But our monies!!!!

    • mailman27

      That tax plan is the LAST thing you’d want to “show the voters.”

    • jesuswasablack

      Gosh I hope we gets our tax cut before Trump nukes the world!

  • SayItWithWookies

    Is O’Keefe’s point supposed to be that anybody’s assertions are of equal factual value as a news organization that fact checks and posts responsible corrections? He should spend an afternoon in Penn Station interviewing random people just to test that theory.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      I believe his point is more fundamentally asinine than that. I think it’s “Look at meeeeeeeeee!”

      • Rocket Pony Ron

        Ah, the mating cry of the D-list Republican ‘operative.’ cf D’inesh D’felon.

    • tomamitai

      Better the cat’s place in Schrödinger’s gedankenexperiment he should take…
      mit stimmen, natürlich!

  • laughingnome

    Say, you know who else has a lot of friends on the inside?

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      This pile of bacteria I just coughed up?

    • Oblios_Cap

      Jeffery Dahmer?

      • Shanzgood

        Oh, god. That shouldn’t be so funny.

        • Oblios_Cap

          But you laughed…

          • Shanzgood

            Yes, I did.

          • Rocket Pony Ron

            We all did. With varying levels of shame.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      John Gotti?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Moya?

    • JohnBull

      Harvey Weinstein?

    • Wookie Monster

      O. J. Simpson?

    • Three Finger Salute

      Sybil?

  • Candy Matson

    May I suggest Project Vanna White?

    • tomamitai

      Is she the lady who moves her vowels on tv?

      • Candy Matson

        Only when you buy them!

  • aureolaborealis

    Project Veritas — For Idiots, By Idiots.

  • anon_the_great

    Man Jimmy is aging badly. Not yet 40 and he’s getting that jowly sneer all fat white hate talkers get.

    • JohnBull

      It’s the patented Republican freedom diet of meat, fried cheese and Busch light.

      • BreakingDeadMen

        Natural Light.
        Ice.

  • Jenny

    I’m sure Project Vanity’s panties are thoroughly bunched about Facebook’s donation in kind for the Trump campaign…

  • Latverian Diplomat

    If some dipshit nobody at the Times knows more about using youtube as a platform than anybody, then it must be pretty goddam useles as a platform.

  • UnsaltedSinner
  • Villago Delenda Est

    I don’t understand why O’Queef is biting the hand that helped install the dotard into office with its endless pearl-clutching about “emails!”.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I’m so old I can remember a time when a guy like this would have worked part-time at the all-night video store, where he would have driven renters insane by talking non-stop at them about the FBI listening to him calling Domino’s at four in the morning. How I long for those bygone days, sometimes.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    It was Project Very TASS the whole time.

  • laughingnome

    Project Varicose says this story has no legs.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    Semper Felinus

    • Mr. Blobfish

      You spelt ‘anus’ rong.

  • jesuswasablack

    Dok,
    Everyone here knows your the best, but really why waste your huge brain on O’queef? To me it’s not worth the energy to even consider what he tinks?
    https://athenae25.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/okeefemugshot.jpg?w=454&h=454

    • BreakingDeadMen

      He looks a lot like McVeigh.

      • Candy Matson

        Kinda Jared, I think

        ETA: like if Jared were poor

        • BreakingDeadMen

          Some of both.

    • Jenny

      Senpai noticed me!

      Seriously though, project varicose has million dollar funding and a stupid tv show. Someone has to throw shade at them. If they’re so important why do they care what anybody has to say about them.

      Dok did a good job making them squirm.

      • jesuswasablack

        I’m sure your right, it just makes me tired?

  • Nasty Girl Brianna

    So basically O’Keefe’s knickers are all in a twist because YouTube doesn’t favor right wing conspiracy videos like Alex Jones? Do I have that correct?

    • MynameisBlarney

      Aye.

    • Three Finger Salute

      And yet, they do. If YouTube was the censorious Pravda that he said it was, they wouldn’t allow comments and O’Queef would have his account banned.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Got it in one.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Yup.
    He really does get uglier every time.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Dumber, too.

    • Mr. Blobfish

      Ain’t that the veritas.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      When he was younger, he was rat faced and had an unfortunate resemblance to Lee Harvey Oswald, including the smirk. Gaining a few pounds hasn’t helped his looks.

  • Ling Ling

    If “luxury t-shirt designer” includes more photos of the current wonkette t-shirt model, I might have to look at it.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    Project Vicious

  • tomamitai

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a human face looking at cat videos — forever.

    I’m glad you ended this piece on a hopeful note.

  • bubbuhh

    “What do you think tap water is? It’s a gay bomb, baby!!!!”
    What do you think O’Keefe is? Itz a Man-Boob, bubby!!!!
    This iz teh remix.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JRLCBb7qK8

    • BreakingDeadMen

      That’s a new Christian hymn, “Turning the Freaking Frogs Gay”

    • Villago Delenda Est

      “FORTUNATELY, one of my nutrition supplements totally blocks this transformation!”

  • Wookie Monster

    Does anyone even give potential date rapist O’Keefe the time of day any more?

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    It’s nice to see that even hardened criminal pimps can turn their lives around, and instead of exploiting women sexually, using their powers of exploitation to convince credulous Trump-gumps that shit sandwiches are delicious and nutritious.

    The shit sandwiches aren’t going to eat themselves, people!

  • Three Finger Salute

    Alex Jones, Ezra Levant, Mike Cernovich and Stefan Molyneux get millions of views on their videos. YouTube is a bastion of liberal bias? Jimmy the Queef, your argument is invalid.

  • susan_g

    That bum’s mug is getting progressively uglier. In a few short years he’ll go full Bannon.

    • BreakingDeadMen

      “At 50, everyone has the face he deserves.”
      –the aforementioned George Orwell

      • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

        Aw, guess I’ve done alright then, thanks.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Needz moar bathtub gin.

  • Nockular cavity

    Call Veritas! I’m the guy that does all the FAKE NEWS CGI for NASA, and I want to blow the lid on Big Roundearth.

  • FlownΩver

    So we’ve proved to you he’s a liar, but he’s our source for what we want you to believe.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFy4zQlWECc

  • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

    “Illegitimate news,” what does that even mean?

    You could say “fake,” but Donald Trump invented that word, so it’s proprietary.

  • therblig
    • Antonin Dvorak

      Gahh! Warn a guy next time!

    • yyyaz

      TBF, he earned that face.

    • JoeChristmas

      Wow, a pic of James “Dorian Gray” O’Keefe five years into the future. I remember five years ago when his defense was “he’s just a kid.”

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again. Any O’Covfefe video that does involve a boat full of dildos isn’t worth watching.

    Don’t feed that troll Dok. But you know that.

  • natoslug

    Project VirginTurds doesn’t seem to be very good at whatever it is they’re trying to do.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Maybe this is EXACTLY what they’re trying to do, though only the gods know why.

  • Gorillionaire

    O’Keefe looks like he needs to lay off the government cheese.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    Legitimate news organizations: avoid committing federal crimes and hang up the phone before discussing plots to undermine their enemies.

    Illegitimate news organizations: don’t.

    Does that help, Jimbo?

    • BreakingDeadMen

      Legitimate news organizations: get legal funding from readers and mainstream sponsors, in the tradition of the free press
      Illegitimate news organization: funded by political operatives, domestic and international, displaying contempt for journalistic ethics and American campaign laws.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Magic names: Koch, Mercer.

        • Three Finger Salute

          Murdoch, Sinclair.

          • BreakingDeadMen

            Putin

  • Daniel

    Project Veritas- project, truly.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    I’m your evil Uncle Donnie
    You are going to see and hear me
    As I twitter about
    Twitter about
    Twitter about!

    The voters put me here to spite you
    Now I’m doing what I want to
    Twittering about
    Twittering about
    Twitter about!

    Down with the Fake news!
    Up with the page views!
    Twitter about
    Twitter about
    Twitter about!

    The rule of law is shattered
    The Constitution is in tatters
    As I twitter about
    Twitter about
    Twitter about!
    Twitter, twitter, twitter!

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      <golf clap> Just gorgeous.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      When I find myself in tweets of trouble
      Mother Russia comes to me
      Speaking words of wisdom
      Covfefe

    • BreakingDeadMen

      We’re all alone, daughter
      All alone, daughter
      Let’s think of a game to play…

    • A+. My only quibble is that I’d replace “voters” with “Electoral College” and/or “Russians”. I guess the former doesn’t scan as well, so “Russians” is probably better.

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        Good idea! That bothered me too. I’ll change it. You’ll get credit when the album’s released. :-)

      • BreakingDeadMen

        No edits needed:

        Cat’s foot iron claw
        Neurosurgeons scream for more
        At paranoia’s poison door
        Twenty first century schizoid man

        Blood rack barbed wire
        Politicians’ funeral pyre
        Innocents raped with napalm fire
        Twenty first century schizoid man
        Death seed blind man’s greed
        Poets’ starving children bleed
        Nothing he’s got he really needs
        Twenty first century schizoid man

        • Most of this album applies eerily well to today’s world with no edits needed.

          The wall on which the prophets wrote
          Is cracking at the seams
          Upon the instruments of death
          The sunlight brightly gleams
          When every man is torn apart
          With nightmares and with dreams,
          Will no one lay the laurel wreath
          When silence drowns the screams

          Confusion will be my epitaph
          As I crawl a cracked and broken path
          If we make it we can all sit back
          And laugh
          But I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying,
          Yes I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying
          Yes I fear tomorrow I’ll be crying

          Between the iron gates of fate,
          The seeds of time were sown,
          And watered by the deeds of those
          Who know and who are known;
          Knowledge is a deadly friend
          If no one sets the rules
          The fate of all mankind I see
          Is in the hands of fools

          • BreakingDeadMen

            The only thing they got wrong is that the King is Orange

          • I’ve also heard him called the King in Yellow. Because pee tape.

          • BreakingDeadMen

            haha

          • BreakingDeadMen

            That was Golden

          • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

            ~love~ that song. And that band.

          • HogeyeGrex

            Or the somewhat later:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3PXFHavdEE

            Walking down the street do you stare at your feet and never do you let your eyes meet the freaks, The deadbeat addicts,
            social fanatics, they’re a dime a dozen and they carry guns

            Halloween, every other day of the week
            Living in a cage in the USA
            Living in a cage in the USA
            Holy smoke, somebody blew up the pope
            Living in a cage in the USA
            All around us the rules are changing
            Taller walls and stronger cages
            Nothing is sacred or too outrageous
            Taller walls and stronger cages

          • SeeTrain65

            And now, Harvey Weinstein’s theme …
            http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xfxfmi

    • SweetDeeKat

      Now the song is much more creepy.

  • Rocket Pony Ron

    What KIND of cat videos?

  • File photo of James O’Queefe trying to connect some dots to make some sort of point:

    https://i.imgur.com/UaLpJOK.png

    • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

      Wild card!

    • NastyBossetti

      Charlie libel!

  • BreakingDeadMen
    • doktorzoom

      Stoled for future use.

  • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude
  • Dudleydidwrong

    Maybe this has been said downstream but if you had lengthened the story you could have referred to more projects of O’Queeeeefe, such as
    Project Verklempt
    Project Vaginitis
    Project Vlad-The-Impaler

    • doktorzoom

      I assume they’ll keep putting up videos, so thanks!

  • mardam422

    Audience Strategy Editor??? WTF is that? Does he actually use that when he tries to pick up women? Does he have that on his resume? Does he go home for Thanksgiving and brag about that to his Uncle from Topeka who never thought he’d amount to anything?

  • amindofitsown

    Sadly, as desperate as he is, there’s plenty more gullible enough to eat his crap right up

  • mardam422

    Is that Project Veritas? Or Project Very Tass?

  • Lurkylu

    shut up O’Queefe, you tedious c*nt.

    /ladies are present
    //working on my pottymouth

    • He has neither the warmth nor the depth. He certainly is tedious though.

      • SeeTrain65

        Must credit Lizzietish!

  • Viktor

    Poor James, the only cable network dumb enough to carry his new show is OAN News.
    Waaa waaaa waaaaa

    • HogeyeGrex

      They’re missing an N.

      • Yellerduck

        Onanism Ambidexterity Network…all the best from the left and the right.

  • chazmanr

    So there’s Project Vespa’s proof that the New York Times is systematically slanting a news.

    What did a great little scooter ever do to you, Dok, to deserve this assassination by association?

  • Jennifer R

    Every Time a righty quotes Orwell, George shoots another fascist in hell.

    • TJ Barke

      I don’t think he ever got one in Catalonia. Not by gun, anyway. He thought he may have got some with grenade though.

      • Jennifer R

        Sounds more satisfying anyway.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      He, Jesus, MLK Jr., and Lincoln have tea every Tuesday to bitch about right wing appropriation.

  • TJ Barke

    Want a pro tip, veritards? You’re on the wrong side of history, so it’s not really a problem if anyone is biased against you.

  • clairence

    Terrific reporting. I bet you could write more but ran out of V words.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      Verisimilitude vociferous velour.

  • P’jama Pahnts

    I’d love to see O’keefe in a fake ‘stache attempting to infiltrate Wonkette sekrit chat cave.

  • Kiri the Unicorn
  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    When I think of illegitimate news, I think of a guy trying to break into the phone system of a U.S. Senator.

    Oh, weird, that’s what O’Keefe got sentenced to three years for!

    Funny how that same guy also illicitly records people and then deceptively splices their words together to get damning results, which I’d also consider “illegitimate news!”

    Funny how that very same guy seems to have a question about what “illegitimate news” actually is!

    Actually, it’s not funny. This fucker gets literally paid to make literal “Illegitimate News” while being the infection vector of “golly what even is this thing I’ve never heard of at all this so called illegitimate news who even knows nobody that’s who” straight into the echo chamber of gullible parrot wingnuts.

    • Cat Cafe

      “Infection vector”–nice

  • HogeyeGrex

    Project Vermiform

    My favorite yet.

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    THIS is why we can’t have nice things.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Projectile Demitasse and James O’Queef are perfect examples of the right trying to achieve success through no hard work what-so-ever.

  • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

    First – YouTube has a News page – ?

    Next, *thank God/dess* for Project Veinyass, because prior to last Tuesday after lunch, nothing reported as news anywhere ever was passed by an editor who might’ve given a thumbs-up or -down. That’s right, I bet you libtards don’t even know that every police blotter, press release, and random utterance of that old coot Zeke out in front of the general store USED TO BE given one-hundred-eleventy-seven percent EQUAL TREATMENT. They were *all* Tonight’s Top Story, every one of them. Which is why even now we are only halfway thru the evening broadcast from Aug 27, 1956, because back then, not a single thing was ever filtered or judged to be un-newsworthy.

    Oh. Oh wait. Were you talking about how it works here on Planet Earth in the 20th & 21st centuries? Sorry. My bad.

    • mardam422

      Veinyass. I like that. Is that copyrighted?

      • LeighBowery’sLuxuryComedy

        not by me.. More’s the pity, maybe.

  • Suttree

    This author George Orwell, you may not have heard of him, is being recognized more and more. Not many people know that.

  • alpacapunchbowl

    Do we know anything about the master of disguise’s academic background? He strikes me as homeschooled.

  • WIDTAP

    Come on Dok. Now you are just bragging that James O’Keefe reads your Wonkette posts. Anyone can get The Queef to read their blog posts, if they mention his name. The Queef is just that kind of fame whore.

    Call us when Fox and Friends gets Trump to say he will pull your broadcast license for writing on a blog.

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    Too bad George Orwell got it wrong. It’s not a jackboot stamping on a human face, it’s actually a jagoff splatting his toxic video-jizz into a human face forever.

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    If O’Keefe wants to break into that top tier of YouTube SuperStardom, maybe Zuckerberg can convince him to use a ridiculous cartoon avatar next time? Or at the very least, maybe he could go back to wearing the Bin Laden mask.

    Basically, I’m saying, it’s your face, Jimmy. Why must it keep hurting everyone so?

  • Jon Sussex

    The freshman class Young Republicans at Jesus State are very excited by this revelation from Project Dumbass.

    • mardam422

      Jesus State. Home of the Fighting Hosts!!

      • OrdinaryJoe

        When somebody on their gymnastics team hits a perfect landing, do the say “she nailed it”?

        • mardam422

          Nice

  • James Baskin

    Appears that Jimmy brought the proverbial ‘ham sandwich’ to a knife fight.

  • Bitter Scribe

    I wonder if anyone will bring a hidden camera to Fox News to find evidence of conservative bias?

    Or if that’s too much trouble they could just, you know, turn on the TV and watch it.

  • amrak63

    We guess in O’Keefe’s understanding of the media landscape as mapped onto 1984, the Party is anyone who doesn’t recognize that the government is making the frogs gay.

    But when will O’Keefe the great journamalistic crusader tell the public WHAT THE GOVERNMENT-SPAWNED QUEER FROGS ARE DOING TO THE SOIL?!?1?

    • mardam422

      Soiling it?

    • Blanche de Shambles

      Stuart, I like you. You’re not like the other people, here, in the trailer park.

    • Parakeetist
  • An Outhouse for the résistance

    YouTube has a ‘front page’? Who knew?

  • mancityRed6

    vespa libels!

  • Zyxomma

    On a day when I’m finding smiles hard to come by, I really smiled at the last line. Thanks, Dok.

  • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

    The only thing better than the You Tuber citing Alex Jones as an example of non-legitimate news sources would have been if he’d used O’Keefe too.

  • chimpevil

    What a great job by Comrade Audience Strategy Editor, Dudich. He was able to keep the loon Trump from getting elected, prevented McConnell from blocking Obama’s SC nominee and kept the Repubs from controlling every branch of government. With this guy on the side of truth, Trump will NEVER get re-elected in 2020.

  • canes_pugnaces

    There is a real solution to all of this: the rightwing assholes should stop using all this liberal technology. They should smash their iPhones, turn off Google, YouTube and all network TV. Stop going to movies and do not listen to music. I think the 700 Club 24-7 should do it. Problem solved.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      Don’t forget radio. Destroy their AM radios.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Free market, white right wing nutzies. Start a newspaper, start a social media company, start an online bulletin board. If people want you, you can make money, if not you lose your shirt and go BK…like Deadbeat Donny.

  • whitroth

    Since about 1978, the right has aggressively acted as though 1984 was a playbook, not a warning.

    Two leetle details: Dudich – is he the *only* editor that places videos in social media? Is it the case that the NYT only has *one* person to do this? Second detail: is Dudich *allowed* to talk to the media himself, without notification of his management?

    Oh..one more question: was it legal to secretely video him?

    Btw, Dok, conscratchulations on be a Recognized Evil Lib’rul Media Important Person.

  • bbayliss

    George Orwell wrote a book !?! Called 1984 !?! Who could have known?
    How did he choose the title? psychic? secret deep state info?
    It was published in 1948 and his publisher suggested he transpose 48 to 84.

    • Internet Hitler

      Why would that Orwell guy write a book about what happened in 1984 and it’s not even true?

  • Angela Ruzzo

    I’d be curious to see a breakdown by age of YouTube’s audience, because I’m 61 and I rarely visit YouTube other than to watch “Escape To The Country” videos about buying my dream cottage in Cornwall (can’t afford it!) and the occasional folk music video, and none of my friends visit YouTube at all. What I and all my friends DO do is vote, and we don’t vote Republican, so it is obvious that YouTube has no influence on us.

    • writersbloc

      It’s all teenagers watch. It’s weird. But makes sense given the quality of comments on most videos.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        I am so glad I never had children, because I wouldn’t let them have a Smart Phone or a Tablet or watch TV, and they would hate my guts and probably steal a gun and shoot me.

    • disqus_lWwzrwNaw6

      I listen to old show tunes and arias and the music of my youth on You Tube because, oh, basically I’m incredibly lazy, and it’s an easy place to find what you’re looking for. I am horrified by some of the right wing shit that suddenly pops up in the feed on the side of the page, and I can’t figure out the algorithm that sends these things to my page, because I don’t read or watch right-wing shit, so I’m not sure how it is they turn up where someone like me can see them.

      I mean, I can understand why, say, my FB page will suddenly fill up with ads for pet products or skin creams—it’s the price of doing a product search, and it’s what made America great, I guess (dear, dear, sweet, rich Mark Zuckerberg): and I can understand why You Tube shows me more Joni Mitchell songs when I get finished listening to Song For Sharon: but the aggressively Bannonite Nazi stuff? that just appears, and I have no idea why.

      Same thing happens when I go to Amazon to look for free stuff to watch. They’ve filtered in a whole bunch of Mercer-funded creepshow paleo-reactionary propaganda there, too. Agh.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        20 years ago, when the Internet was in its infancy, I once did a search for “musical instrument icons” (in quotes) using the now-defunct search engine “Excite” and to my great surprise, at least half of the sites on the first page were porn sites. Really bad, nasty porn sites, the kind that hijack your screen and keyboard and you have to turn the computer off to close them. I was at work, so this was not a good thing. I wasn’t sure how that happened, but then I learned about “tags” and how these bad sites put all sorts of innocent tags in their code so when you search for “knitting needles” you get Patsy’s Porn Page. I’m sure things are 100X more sophisticated today.

      • PeedeResistance

        “Song for Sharon” is one of her absolute best, and I’ve been a Mitchell lover for years. “It seems we all live so close to that line–and so far from satisfaction…” Do you know the lovely reworking of ‘Unchained Melody’ called “Chinese Cafe?” from “Wild Things Run Fast.” it’s just wonderful.

  • Mavenmaven

    He’s worrying about some nobody slanting the news when the F***ING PRESIDENT wants to shut down major news networks!!!!

  • chascates

    O’Keefe is the Barney Fife of investigative journalists. Wait, he’s more like the Otis of investigative journalists.

    • SeeTrain65

      Both Barney and Otis had good hearts underneath their foibles.

      O’Queef is a smug, unctuous troublemaker.

  • Covfefe

    If Dudich is willing to “level”with someone without first doing the secret librul handshake, I question whether Dudich is a librul, or a New York Times minion, at all.

  • Internet Hitler

    1. I saw the Veritas logo (they have one!) and thought it was a feminine ladytime product.
    2. SO, where’s the Wonkette News Merry-Go-Round?

    • doktorzoom

      We have more of a News Tilt-A-Whirl

  • brucej

    Does O’Spleef actually comprehend that, as a private news organization, the NYTimes can print what they want, with whatever slant they care to apply? Just liek FAux Snooze and Veritas? (which is slandering the good name of some very fine woodworking tools. http://www.leevalley.com/us/Wood/page.aspx?p=72530&cat=1,41182 )

    • doktorzoom

      no, but you see it’s BAD FOR AMERICA

      • Delu

        Eeeh, What’s up Dok?

  • The only party repeatedly and explicitly telling the people to ignore the evidence of their eyes and ears is Donald Trump.

  • BJW

    Ahhahahahahahaha! No.

  • Thorn Spike

    FYI, O’Queefe: a double chin is not a disguise.

    • Parakeetist

      Oh snap

  • Ohhhh I get it now, the Project Veritas thing is ironic! What they mean is no truth at all!

    • redblack

      project verifiably false.

  • Poly_Ester

    Once you realize that Jimmy is an Incel has behavior becomes explicable.

    • kareemachan

      Desperate AND Dateless…

  • HazooToo

    I was gonna try and see what Youtube had on the thingy right now, but then I realized I didn’t know where the Carousel thingy was. Because I don’t get my fucking news from Youtube. Who the fuck goes to Youtube for the news?! Do you WANT to hear the voice of a phlegmatic eel while it does figure-8s inside your brain by eating through your flesh until Trump stops talking? Or would you prefer to use Youtube for it’s intended purpose – Stealing mp3s and watching goddamn cat videos?

  • Delu

    Hah, I asked a question yesterday about this part 2 video from the Trumpian Undercover Liars and whether or no tit would, you know, really SHOW how Dudich’s bias is reflected in his work….

    ….and as it turned out it DID! Or so it would be if you accepted James O’ Keefe’s ridiculous premise about new standards. Which is, to sum it up, “any standard that he doesn’t like is unfair”.

    So the whole thing is pretty much another Trumpian “is to because I said so so THERE!”.

    We get enough of this from Trumpian trolls every single day and O’ Keefe has to spends so much time and money to do what anonymous forum trolls do every day.

    But that’s what being Trumpian consists of I guess.

  • Heyzeus Ahchay

    Jimmy of Keefe: Your second video proved nothing, just like your first. Ya gotta third, fourth, fifth and sixth? Keep on strokin that chicken, dude.

  • PigDootsMolloy
  • RugzYaBurnt

    Why does this little fleck of waste *always* insist on being filmed/photographed at an up-nostril angle? I mean, I sincerely doubt he has a “best side,” but that sure ain’t it.

  • Noxious Resistance

    Wowzers, now THAT is one fine double-patty Nothingburger!

    • phoenix00

      a carbon dioxide/oxygen/nitrogen-stuffed Nothingburger at that.

  • Like I said about the previous article, it sounds like a case of, “I is all of the coolest, connectedness, importantest metro-sexiest kinda guy; I can has all of the sexes with you now, please?”

    • kareemachan

      With furry handcuffs….

  • Mike Steele

    When can we expect Jimmy’s expose’ on the FB folks who embedded with Trump campaign to target ruble-financed campaign disinformat?

  • SeeTrain65

    Apologies in advance to our female population. (And to anyone else for that matter.)

    O’Queef is the perfect name for him … he’s a pussy who makes rude noises.

  • phoenix00

    ……….. so does this mean @doktorzoom:disqus is now FAMOUS and being recognized more and more?

  • Gascoigne

    Weird. Jimmy O’Keefe pays attention to what this commie pinko website says and thinks about him, but I have absolutely no interest in the nonsense that Jimmy produces for his adoring public.
    I take that as a good sign…

  • Tommy Beard

    Alex Jones’ Gay Frogs is even more fun remixed ;)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV3w3p7jnKE

  • Sakonyachen

    Looking at cat videos forever doesn’t sound bad given the current state of reality.

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