Project Veritas: how fake news prize went to rightwing group beloved by Trump | US news | The Guardian
O’Keefe’s outing as a duplicitous purveyor of fake news – and an incompetent one at that – on the same day that Trump proposed his “fake news trophy” was profoundly ironic. All the more so, given the ties between the two men.
On 13 May 2015, a month before Trump launched his presidential campaign, his charitable foundation donated $10,000 to Project Veritas. This week ThinkProgress spotted that the foundation’s tax disclosure form for 2015 records a second payment of the same amount to the conservative group.
By then O’Keefe had already acquired a criminal record – he was convicted in 2010 of entering federal property under false pretenses. He had been attempting to sting the then Democratic senator from Louisiana, Mary Landrieu, but for his pains was rewarded with three years’ probation and a $1,500 fine.
Journalists are non partisan at best with their reporting. And the more they do not take sides, but only report on the truth, facts, evidence and data, the better journalists are.
The more a journalist is partisan and biased, the lower the quality of the reporting, because truth may shift and move among/between political parties, between belief systems, and between religions. The truth is often found BETWEEN these things, and/or embedded inside of extremes on opposing sides.
Finding truth means letting go of grudges, hatred, fear and staying open to truth, no matter where it can be found.
The hard part about journalism is not getting stuck in rigid dogma, ideology, beliefs, parties, or rigid status quo.