- Overall, we rate Project Veritas Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories and propaganda, misleading videos, and several failed fact checks.
Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2010, Project Veritas was created by James Edward O’Keefe III who is an American conservative political activist. He produces secretly recorded undercover audio and video encounters, some selectively edited to imply its subjects said things they did not, with figures and workers in academic, governmental, and social service organizations, purporting to show abusive or allegedly illegal behavior by employees and/or representatives of those organizations. Project Veritas primarily targets liberals and liberal organizations.
Funded by / Ownership
Project Veritas is owned by James O’Keefe. Funding primarily comes from donations. However, most of these donations come from the Donor’s Trust. The purpose of the Donor’s Trust Fund is to “safeguard the intent of libertarian and conservative donors.” In other words, it allows the source to receive funds without disclosing who they come from. Needless to say, most funding for Project Veritas comes from conservative and libertarian organizations.
Analysis / Bias
In review, O’Keefe’s videos are edited in a way that makes them difficult to fact check. Often his information is debunked, but it is too late as the information has already been watched by thousands or more. In general, the narrative created by O’Keefe, whether edited or not is to portray liberals in a negative light. Further, President Trump often sources Project Veritas, such as this: President Trump Thanks Project Veritas Tech Investigations at White House Social Media Summit. The fact that the President endorses them can mean different things to different people, we are just sharing the fact that he does endorse them and nothing more. Finally, during the 2020 election Project Veritas promoted misleading and false information (See fact checks below). In general, all stories on Project Veritas advance the conservative agenda, while denigrating the left often in a misleading way.
Failed Fact Checks
- “Money raised to help (Beto) O’Rourke get elected is being used to fund migrants. This is clearly breaking campaign finance laws.” – FALSE
- Website falsely claimed Twitter caught leaking private Trump messages to the Justice Department – FALSE
- Did CBS News Stage a ‘Fake Testing Line’ at a Michigan Hospital? – MISLEADING
- No Proof of ‘Lying’ – FALSE
- Project Veritas discovered a voter fraud scheme connected to Rep. Ilhan Omar in Minneapolis – FALSE
- Postal workers in Michigan backdated ballots so that they could be counted. – FALSE
Overall, we rate Project Veritas Right Biased and Questionable based on the promotion of conspiracy theories and propaganda, misleading videos, and several failed fact checks. (11/16/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 11/7/2020)