INOVATION: The new journalist muckraker

https://nypost.com/2018/01/21/james-okeefe-is-bringing-back-the-best-practice-of-journalism/

OPINION
James O’Keefe is bringing back the best practice of journalism
By Michael Goodwin
January 21, 2018 | 1:02am

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Grading President Trump’s first year in office is all the media rage. But let’s look at the other side of the story — and grade the media.

F for effort, F for result and F for the lack of honesty.

That’s not a blanket condemnation of every journalist at every news organization. There are many hardworking professionals who try to get the facts right and keep their opinions to themselves.

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The collapse of journalism as we knew it, and the lack of any sign of a return to traditional standards, explains why I found myself in an unfamiliar setting last week. It was the book launch of “American Pravda,” the latest work by James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas.

A self-described “guerilla journalist,” O’Keefe and his team use disguises and false identities to secretly videotape people in hopes they will admit breaking the law or abusing their power.

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Most recently, for example, he captured current and former Twitter managers admitting they use “shadowbans,” which effectively hide a user’s tweets, based on content, without notifying the user.

Other personnel admitted the company tracks user behavior and reads direct messages to find prohibited content.

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He accused mainstream journalists of “groupthink,” saying they “move in packs . . . like blackbirds on a telephone wire. They’re all talking about the same thing.”

His goal is to “dent the fortress and crack the dam” so the public knows who is abusing power.

O’Keefe has a passion for gathering facts and sharing them that recalls the best journalists I have known. And he is right that journalism history was written by people who went undercover to expose scandals.

Upton Sinclair, whom he cited, lived and dressed like a worker, even carrying a lunch pail, to fit in with the men who toiled in “The Jungle,” his takedown of Chicago’s meatpacking industry.

And Nellie Bly feigned mental illness so she could become a patient and expose the horrors of a New York lunatic asylum for women on what is now Roosevelt Island.

O’Keefe is in that mold. Smart, committed and fearless, he’s a modern muckraker worth watching.

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And, boy, does the “muck” ever need raking!

The only other journalist I trust is Sharyl Attkisson!

Read her story and the various O’Keefe ones and you’ll see how biased the “lame stream media” is.

A national disgrace.

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