During the week of October 16, 2016, the organization Project Veritas Action Fund began to release a series of videos in which an individual acting on behalf of Project Veritas went undercover and videotaped conversations held with various organizations.
Namely, Americans United for Change and Democracy Partners. Both of which are connected to the Democratic Party, the Hillary Clinton campaign, and the Obama White House.
The videos, which can be seen in their entirety here: set forth very alarming and newsworthy revelations, including:
- How operatives working in furtherance of Democratic Party candidates could commit voter fraud by shipping in out-of-state people to vote; and
- How operatives recruit and train people to protest Trump events and to try to draw Trump supporters into physical confrontations.
Since the release of these videos, Scott Foval has been fired from his job at Americans United for Change, and Robert Creamer has said he’s stepping back from his position at Democracy Partners.
One would think these altogether damning revelations might have warranted at least terse coverage by all local media news outlets.
One would be mistaken . . .
Neither NBC 26 (WGBA) nor Channel 5 (WFRV) featured coverage of any of the Project Veritas videos. Not even a mention.
As for Channel 2 (WBAY) and Fox 11 (WLUK), to their credit, these channels did feature coverage of the initial Project Veritas videos, but made sure to point out the videos were “selectively edited,” assumedly trying to downplay the videos’ (and their producer’s) credibility.
WMCF finds all of this particularly troubling in light of the fact that local news outlets featured ample coverage of the supposed “violence” being perpetrated at Trump rallies. In fact, WMCF wrote about this very issue in August.
Now, confronted with evidence demonstrating that it was not Trump supporters inciting violence, but Democratic party operatives inciting violence, the local media chooses to remain silent on the issue. Choosing to ignore evidence that undermines prior reporting is both bias by story selection and bias by spin.