STAMFORD, Conn. — The Washington Post has published more information about the 41-year-old Stamford woman who tried and failed to feed its reporters a fake story about embattled Senate candidate Roy Moore.
Jaime Phillips, an operative with Project Veritas, has been trying since July to form alliances with Washington Post reporters as part of a larger effort to deceive them, according to a story at the WaPo website.
Project Veritas is a Westchester-based group that targets the media and left-leaning groups through undercover operations to expose what it calls bias.
Phillips joined many networking groups linked to journalism and showed up at least twice at gatherings for Post staff members, claiming shed worked for a media startup or was a grad student, the Post said.
The Washington Post also studied her social media history, which changed from a pro-President Trump tone using the #MAGA hashtag in spring to showing support for gun control by summer, The Washington Post said.
This month, Phillips met with Post reporters in a series of off-the-record interviews and told them that Moore impregnated her in 1992 when she was a teenager and that she had had an abortion.
But reporters found inaccuracies in her story and determined it was made up, the Post said. Phillips denied that she worked with Project Veritas. But Post reporters saw as she drove from her home in Stamford to Mamaroneck, N.Y., and entered the office of Project Veritas.
Project Veritas is known for setting up undercover “stings” with made-up stories and secret video recordings meant to show what the group calls media bias.
After discovering the lies, the Post published the two stories about how Phillips and Project Veritas lied to reporters and tried to mislead them.
The latest story from the Post includes other unusual details on Phillips, including that she texted one Post reporter for weeks; that she rented a basement apartment in DC for two weeks from the former communications director for the Democratic National Committee; and that she made secret videotapes of reporters at social gatherings.
Click here for the story at the Washington Post.
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