A woman who was the face of a botched effort to apparently discredit The Washington Post by lying to a reporter is from Stamford and appears to work with a Westchester group that targets the media and left-leaning groups through undercover operations.
In a lengthy story posted online, The Washington Post detailed the fake story fed to them by Jaime T. Phillips, 41.
She met with Post reporters over the course of two weeks in off-the-record interviews. Phillips told them that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama impregnated her back in 1992 when she was a teenager and that she had had an abortion, the Washington Post said.
But reporters found inaccuracies in her story, which the Post said was made up. They confronted her about the inaccuracies, which led to the publication of the story on the attempted sting. Post researchers also found a GoFundMe page under the name of Jaime Phillips, which said she had "accepted a job to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceipt [sic] of the liberal MSM. I’ll be using my skills as a researcher and fact-checker to help our movement.”
Phillips denied that she worked with Project Veritas, and the group's founder did not answer questions from the Post, according to the story.
But Post reporters saw drive from her home in Stamford to Mamaroneck, N.Y., and enter the office of Project Veritas, the Post said.
Project Veritas says its mission is to “investigate and expose corruption, dishonesty, self-dealing, waste, fraud and other misconduct.” It is known for setting up undercover “stings” with made-up stories and secret video recordings meant to show what the group calls media bias.
“We always honor ‘off-the-record’ agreements when they’re entered into in good faith,” said Martin Baron, executive editor of The Post. “But this so-called off-the-record conversation was the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us. The intent by Project Veritas clearly was to publicize the conversation if we fell for the trap. Because of our customary journalistic rigor, we weren’t fooled, and we can’t honor an ‘off-the-record’ agreement that was solicited in maliciously bad faith.”
Moore has been under fire since the Post published stories that he sexually harassed teenage girls when he was in his 30s. He has denied any improper behavior.
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