NY Times Hates Covert Righties Who ‘Spy’ and ‘Lie,’ But Embrace Lib’s ‘MAGA Masquerade’

The New York Times unsurprisingly loathes Project Veritas, the underground conservative guerilla journalism outlet led by James O’Keefe. Veritas has a reputation in media circles as a notorious media mole. They use false identities to create secret recordings and record damaging statements by Democrats. TimesIts own) embarrassing corporate practices.

But when the shoe is on the other foot, and it’s liberal activists playing gotcha games with conservatives, then the scrutiny is neutered. Note Trip Gabriel’s story posted Thursday, “The Liberal Activist Who Targets Republicans With a MAGA Masquerade — Pretending to be like-minded, Lauren Windsor has generated headlines by coaxing conservatives like Tommy Tuberville and Glenn Youngkin into making revealing statements about their views.” (Windsor is a favorite of ultra-liberal MSNBC host Joy Reid.)

Gabriel did add some points to the mix but overall the design is an attractive profile for a conservative-hunter.

Mike Pence told her, “I love your heart.”

Ohio Representative Jim Jordan confided to her that Donald J. Trump would announce soon that he is running for President in 2024.

Glenn Youngkin (the Republican nominee to governor of Virginia) told her that he couldn’t publicly push his anti-abortion agenda out of fear of losing independent votes.

Nothing earthshattering there, making the point of Gabriel’s profile elusive.

Lauren Windsor is a liberal activist who turned a hidden camera and a Tennessee drawl into a political weapon.

Posing as a true believer — in Mr. Trump or a stolen 2020 election — Ms. Windsor approaches Republican leaders at party gatherings and tries to coax them into revealing things that they might wish to keep in the G.O.P. Family.

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Her practices have drawn inevitable comparisons to the right-wing gotcha squad Project Veritas, but she says there are crucial differences.

Project Veritas may have embedded moles into left-leaning groups or Democratic campaigns. Ms. Windsor claims she does not use such tactics.

We learn too late that Windsor may have a personal vendetta against O’Keefe:

Ms. Windsor also has a personal back story with Project Veritas – which is led by the conservative activist James O’Keefe – that hangs over her career.

In 2012, Windsor was a member of Democracy Partners, a pro-Hillary Clinton consultancy firm. Project Veritas later released unflattering footage.

….Edited videos posted by Project Veritas showed a subcontractor for Mr. Creamer discussing potential ways to incite violence at Trump rallies. These videos were embarrassing for the Clinton campaign and Mr. Creamer quit the race during its last weeks.

Windsor helped even the TimesVeritas can be brought down.

More recently, Ms. Windsor provided a document to reporters at The New York Times about a planned operation in 2018 involving Project Veritas operatives….

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Arkansas native, Windsor was born near Nashville. She speaks Southern English and dresses as a conservative with wide eyes. It encourages politicians to “mansplain” to her, she said.

Imagine the possibilities! Times painting a similar portrait of liberal-hunting James O’Keefe of Project Veritas, whose discoveries are more surprising and newsworthy?

Gabriel’s take is nothing like the Darth Vader treatment doled out by the TimesConservatives are doing more undercover work. The paper excoriates those activists as democracy-threatening “conservative spies.” “They Seemed Like Democratic Activists. They Are Secretly Conservative Spies. Infiltration of progressive groups in the West by Operatives to attempt to control politics and change the electoral system. They targeted moderate Republicans, too — anyone seen as threats to hard-line conservatives.”

The text’s summary of two people posing as “idealistic Democrats” was equally hostile: “In fact, much about them was a lie.”

Neither “spy” nor “lie” made an appearance in Gabriel’s positive profile of Windsor.

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