In light of a recent "sting" operation targeted at - and reported by - The Washington Post, Samantha Bee has now revealed her own "undercover sting". Earlier in the day, reporters from the newspaper saw Phillips walking into the NY offices of Project Veritas, a conservative group with a long track record of targeting Democratic groups and major media outlets, often by hiding their identities and using hidden cameras.
The Washington Post also found a GoFundMe under Phillips' - the woman who claimed Moore had impregnated her - name that was asking for money to take a job in NY "to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt (sic) of the liberal MSM".
The woman, Jamie Phillips, first approached the newspaper after it broke a story about Leigh Corfman, one of the women who have accused Moore of sexually assaulting them when they were in their teens. According to the Post, turned out that Phillips actually works for Project Veritas, an organization that known for his controversial undercover sting operations aimed usually at liberals and the mainstream news media.
Social media users were rightfully appalled.
"So if you are not working for that mortgage company, where are you working?" asked Washington Post reporter Stephanie McCrummen.
Efforts by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to contact Phillips and to confirm the Post's reporting on the Atlanta ties weren't immediately successful Monday night. Her cell phone area code was from Alabama, though the 41-year-old claimed she only lived there briefly as a teenager. She told the reporters that he got her pregnant and then drove her get an abortion. Daily Caller executive editor Paul Conner told the Post that none of the publication's top editors had interviewed a woman by the name of Jaime Phillips. The page was meant to raise money for a move to NY, where she would be working in a job that would help her take on the mainstream media.
James O'Keefe is the founder of right-wing conspiracy theory site Project Veritas..
The Post said one of its researchers also found a GoFundMe campaign created by a "Jaime Phillips" asking for contributions to move to NY for a new job.
Phillips later met with McCrummen, who was accompanied by Washington Post videographers, and claimed she wanted Moore "to be completely taken out of the race". "I don't work for the corporate office", Phillips said.
Regardless of his success, O'Keefe has viewers in the highest offices; President Donald Trump in June posted two videos from O'Keefe's "American Pravda" series. "Yeah, it was going to be with the Daily Caller, but it ended up falling through, so I wasn't able to do it".