It’s hard to believe it, but the New York courts are giving Project Veritas a shot at the New York Times.
According to the Daily Caller, the Supreme Court of New York just ruled that Project Veritas can proceed with discovery in its case against the Times, which means that Project Veritas will actually get to depose members of the outlet.
What the court actually did was deny a request by the New York Times to put off discovery until after the completion of its appeal of an earlier motion. That could have delayed things by years.
But, for at least the second time thus far, the New York courts ruled against the New York Times.
If you have been following Project Veritas for a while now, then you will probably recall a video they did in which the group alleged that associates of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) were involved in ballot harvesting. It’s the Times’s response to this video that led to the lawsuit.
In response to Project Veritas’s video, the Times released an article in which Maggie Astor referred to the video as “deceptive” and part of a “coordinated disinformation campaign.” Project Veritas responded by hitting the Times with a defamation lawsuit.
The Times immediately tried to get the lawsuit dismissed by arguing that the characterization of Project Veritas’s video was nothing more than Astor’s opinion. But, Project Veritas argued that, if this was the case, then the outlet would have put the article in the “opinion” section of its paper, but it didn’t. The court agreed.
The Times then tried to delay the progress of the case by requesting that Project Veritas not be allowed to proceed with discovery until the outlet appeals that ruling on the motion to dismiss. The court, though, rejected this request as well.
So, Project Veritas is free to proceed with discovery.
This means that the group will get to depose members of the Times. And, Project Veritas’s founder and CEO, James O’Keefe,” couldn’t be happier.
“Fresh off the press: The New York Supreme Court has sided with Project Veritas: Project Veritas will be permitted to depose The New York Times. And for the first time in history, you’ll be right there with us to witness it,” Project Veritas wrote after the court’s opinion.
O’Keefe, accordingly, told his followers to “stay tuned.”
“Ladies and gentlemen: Let the depositions begin. Stay tuned. We’re about to drop the first New York Times deposition any day,” he said.