Fake allegation made against Roy Moore tied to conservative group — WAPO

  • Fake allegation made against Roy Moore tied to conservative group — WAPO

Fake allegation made against Roy Moore tied to conservative group — WAPO

The Washington Post has said it busted a woman offering them fake allegations against Roy Moore as part of an intentional scheme to discredit the newspaper by the conservative group Project Veritas. The "tipster", who told a wildly inconsistent sham of a tale about Moore impregnating her as a teenager and pressuring her for an abortion, was busted by the Post while walking into the Project Veritas offices. And then Post researcher Alice Crites found a GoFundMe page posted earlier this year by someone named Jaime Phillips seeking donations to fund a move to NY after accepting "a job to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt [sic] of the liberal MSM".

But, after detecting inconsistencies in her account, The Post confronted the woman and found that she works with Project Veritas, a right-wing conspiracy theory network that uses false information to target mainstream media outlets with self-described "stings".

"We always honor "off-the-record" agreements when they're entered into in good faith", said Martin Baron, The Post's executive editor.

The Post published a story Monday about its dealings with Phillips.

"We don't comment on investigations real or imagined, or imagined stings", conservative activist and Project Veritas leader James O'Keefe told The Associated Press Monday evening.

'Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren't fooled, and we can't honor an "off-the-record" agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith'.

"So if you are not working for that mortgage company, where are you working?" asked Washington Post reporter Stephanie McCrummen.

The Post said one of its researchers also found a GoFundMe campaign created by a "Jaime Phillips" asking for contributions to move to NY for a new job.

McCrummen asked Phillips to "explain" the GoFundMe campaign, and told her she was being "recorded and video recorded".

Phillips denied being in contact with the Moore campaign, and denied recording the meeting with McCrummen before abruptly cutting off the meeting.

The email promised "I might know something" about Moore - and after a series of communications through the Signal encrypted messaging service, the woman eventually said her name was Jaime Phillips, and that she was willing to meet in person.

Phillips later met with McCrummen, who was accompanied by Washington Post videographers, and claimed she wanted Moore "to be completely taken out of the race". "Yeah, it was going to be with the Daily Caller, but it ended up falling through, so I wasn't able to do it".