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The New York Times STRIKES AGAIN: Seven Reporters from the ‘Paper of Record’ Join Forces to Defame Brave USPS Whistleblower Richard Hopkins in Front-Page Piece

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Key Points

  • The New York Times affirms Hopkins “recanted his statement” about hearing supervisor and postmaster discuss backdating ballots in the November election

  • Hopkins was intimidated by federal investigator Russell Strasser in an audio recording in November demanding that he update his original affidavit

  • Hopkins never received a copy of the statement he was coerced to sign

  • Hopkins stands by his original affidavit and said he never recanted it

[NEW YORK – Feb. 3, 2021] Project Veritas released a new video today with an update on The New York Times’ string of attacks against the organization and the whistleblowers who have come forward as a result of the organization’s mission.

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In a Feb. 1 front-page article headlined “77 Days: Trump’s Campaign to Subvert the Election,” The New York Times asserts that Erie, Pa. USPS whistleblower Richard Hopkins recanted his statement about witnessing the backdating of ballots in his post office after Election Day.

Hopkins originally came to Project Veritas to make his allegations.

As described in The New York Times’ article, Hopkins was a “postal worker in Erie, Pa., who said he had overheard supervisors discussing illegally backdating postmarks on ballots that had arrived too late to be counted.”  Hopkins swore to his allegations in an affidavit which Senator Lindsey Graham “had forwarded … to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

According to The Times, “earlier that day, however, the postal worker had recanted his statement in an interview with federal investigators — even though he continued to push his story online afterward. His affidavit, it turned out, had been written with the assistance of the conservative media group Project Veritas, known for its deceptive tactics and ambush videos.”

The New York Times omitted the raw audio Project Veritas released in November showing federal investigator Russell Strasser intimidating Hopkins in a nearly 4-hour long interrogation. The ‘paper of record’ failed to tell the whole story.

To this day, Hopkins has not received a copy of the statement he was coerced into signing. Hopkins stands by his original affidavit where he affirmed that he witnessed ballots being backdated.

This latest piece by The New York Times is just the latest attack on Project Veritas’ credibility.

Project Veritas is suing The New York Times for defamation regarding their defamatory article on Project Veritas’ Minnesota Ballot Harvesting videos. 

About Project Veritas

Project Veritas is a non-profit investigative news organization conducting undercover reporting. Project Veritas investigates and exposes corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud, and other misconduct in both public and private institutions to achieve a more ethical and transparent society. Project Veritas is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.