For over a decade, James O’Keefe has exposed numerous examples of corruption and media bias. Yet, instead of characterizing his work as journalism, one Democrat-appointed judge said it could be called something else: “political spying.”
Mediaite reported that O’Keefe is being sued by Robert Creamer, who founded the left-wing political consulting firm Democracy Partners.
The lawsuit arose over footage of Creamer and his associates that was taken in the course of an undercover investigation carried out by O’Keefe’s conservative watchdog outfit, Project Veritas.
Recorded during the 2016 presidential campaign, the video shows an employee of a group that Creamer’s organization partnered with, Americans United for Change, boasting that it was able to orchestrate violence at rallies hosted by then-candidate Donald Trump.
“I am contracted to him (Robert Creamer),” said Scott Foval, who, at the time, served as national field director at Americans United for Change. Foval later explained that he provided far-left activists with “a script of engagement” when it came to orchestrating confrontations at Trump events.
Creamer subsequently filed suit over the investigation in 2017, and according to the Daily Beast, O’Keefe sought to have the plaintiff’s attorney’s barred from referring to work as political spying. However, U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Friedman ruled otherwise.
Friedman, who was appointed to the bench by former President Bill Clinton, was quoted by the Daily Beast as saying, “‘Political spying’ is a fair characterization of the undisputed facts of this case.”
Judge cites evidence
To support that contention, Friedman pointed to statements made O’Keefe’s made in his 2018 book, American Pravada, about the journalists involved.
O’Keefe said the woman was working under an “assigned role,” and compared the reporter to an intelligence agent who was “literally living out her character in America’s capital city much as Americans overseas did in Moscow during the Cold War.”
“The last time operatives got caught stealthily entering the DNC headquarters, those headquarters were in the Watergate complex,” O’Keefe recalled. “Remember that kerfuffle?”
Meanwhile, the Daily Beast cited a statement from Project Veritas in which it declared, “This lawsuit is further exposing the lows to which Creamer will stoop to attack the first amendment, this time by calling undercover reporting ‘political spying.'”