This looks like a deliberate attempt to plant a “fake news” story, presumably in order to discredit the Washington Post for falling for it. Verify, verify, verify. The Post did its homework, and did not fall into the trap. Sadly, this story will be used to discredit people who come forward with legitimate sexual assault accusations.
Jaime Phillips, who claimed to The Post that Moore impregnated her as a teenager, was seen on Monday walking into the headquarters of Project Veritas, a group that uses false cover stories and covert video recordings to expose what it says is media bias. — Washington Post
In the 9-minute video, notice how, even when it’s clear the interview is going south, the reporter Stephanie McCrummen repeatedly nods, and says “uh-huh,” and “okay.” She has asked her questions, and now she ready to listen.
Even after Phillips has apparently realized the jig is up, and gathers her things to leave, McCrummen doesn’t jump on the table and screech, “Whose news is fake now, you pathetic bumbling liar?”
Instead, she carefully reminds Phillips that their conversation is on the record, states that she does intend to do a story about their encounter, and gently repeats that this is Phillips’s chance to explain herself.
“You’re welcome to do so, you have my number, I’m interested in hearing about it,” she says.
This plan to expose the lies of the biased fake news media backfired. What we see here is a rational, reasonable reporter who does a background check on a source who contacted her out of the blue with shocking allegations, and gives her source every opportunity to explain details that poke holes in her story.
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I find the details of this attempted deception sickening. I trained as a MSW specialist in sexual abuse, and worked with scores of molested women and girls. Despite decades of attempted “social awareness”, a woman coming forward still faces much societal and legal opposition and shaming (i.e. the “poor college boy” whose ‘swim career was damaged’ because he raped a girl behind a dumpster.) In discrediting The Post, this, as Greg Kerestan said, would have discredited all the reports, which discredits all the women, which discredits all women. For a POLITICAL agenda. Terrif. 😠
We have an opening in our Victim/Witness Department in the DAs office Lisa
That sounds interesting, Judi. If you’re serious, could you pm me regarding what that position entails? Thanks.
Lisa Hommel I’ll get an official job description from our V/W coordinator.
I did get an email this afternoon that they just hired someone 😔
But there may be one more opening. In any case, we get a good bit of turnover in that department so I’ll get you the description anyway for future reference.The pay isn’t great but the health benefits are decent.
This is bigger than Roy Moore, I suspect. One publicized false allegation and the whole quasi Arab Spring of sexual assault victim empowerment could be shamed, discredited. “Who do you want to believe- her or me? We all know girls lie, or didn’t you read that story in the Post?”
Exactly. I heard a little voice of confusion in my own mind asking, “But the other stuff against him isn’t faked, right?” despite having researched the accusations already. How easy it would be for doubters, bullies and misogynists to jump on this bandwagon…