Project Veritas founder and President James O’Keefe appeared on the C-SPAN: Washington Journal program on Saturday morning, February 24th to talk about his new book, “American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News,” and took viewer calls covering a wide range of topics regarding the state of journalism and undercover work.
The program was hosted by Kimberly Atkins, who asked O’Keefe to explain Project Veritas’ use of deception in their investigations. Atkins quoted the book:
“Here is the key distinction between the Project Veritas journalist and establishment reporters: while we use deception to gain access, we never deceive our audience. Traditional journalists who simply report what their subject tells them may not deceive the subject, but they often deceive their audience. When they tilt questions to their subject to produce a desired result, they doubly deceive their audience.”
In response to a viewer who called into the show, and challenged O’Keefe’s position on the need for deception in journalism, O’Keefe said,
“Where is the virtue in passing along untrue information to the masses? If you’re talking to a source and that source feeds you information that’s false, and you feed that information to millions of people, that’s real deception.”
Atkins also asked James to offer his definition of journalism, to which James responded that journalism is better understood as an activity, as opposed to an identity.
“In Oklahoma City, the person who took that amazing photograph of the firefighter cradling the baby in his arms- he won the Pulitzer prize. He wasn’t a credentialed photographer, he was a banker. He committed an act of journalism.”
The full interview was 30 minutes long, and can be viewed in its entirety in the video above, or on C-SPAN’s website. Short, one minute highlights from the program are available below.