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VICTORY: Court Delivers Huge Win for Project Veritas Against The New York Times

  • Justice Charles D. Wood of the Supreme Court of New York in Westchester County denied The New York Times' Motion to Dismiss in the defamation lawsuit brought forward by Project Veritas.

  • Project Veritas v. New York Times lawsuit originated due to The Times’ defamatory attacks on Project Veritas’ investigation into illegal ballot harvesting in Minnesota during the 2020 election cycle.

  • The Court found Project Veritas demonstrated "a substantial basis in law and fact that the Defendants [The New York Times] acted with actual malice, that is, with knowledge that the statements in the Articles were false or made with reckless disregard of whether they were false or not" and Project Veritas should be permitted to "conduct discovery." 

  • Project Veritas will be putting New York Times reporter Maggie Astor and New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet under oath where they will be forced to answer our questions.

[NEW YORK – Mar. 19, 2021] Yesterday, Justice Charles D. Wood of the Supreme Court of New York in Westchester County denied The New York Times' Motion to Dismiss in the defamation lawsuit brought forward by Project Veritas.

Read the entire Order DENYING The NYT Motion to Dismiss.

Project Veritas’ lawsuit came to be due to The New York Times’ labeling Project Veritas’ investigation into illegal ballot harvesting taking place in Minnesota during the 2020 election cycle as "deceptive."

The New York Times defended calling Project Veritas' Minnesota Ballot Harvesting videos "deceptive" by arguing this was simply an "unverifiable expression of opinion."

Project Veritas pointed out this "opinion" was printed in the news section of The New York Times and the Court agreed: "if a writer interjects an opinion in a news article (and will seek to claim legal protections as opinion) it stands to reason that the writer should have an obligation to alert the reader ... that it is opinion."  The Times did not do so, and the Court found this troubling.

The Court found Project Veritas demonstrated "a substantial basis in law and fact that the Defendants [The New York Times] acted with actual malice, that is, with knowledge that the statements in the Articles were false or made with reckless disregard of whether they were false or not" and Project Veritas should be permitted to "conduct discovery." 

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This ruling means Project Veritas will now be able to put New York Times reporter Maggie Astor and New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet under oath where they will be forced to answer our questions.

Project Veritas will record these depositions and expose them for the world to see.

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