Project Veritas wins defamation case in New York Supreme Court against The New York Times

Project Veritas wins in the New York Supreme Court regarding the group’s defamation case against the newspaper, The New York Times.

The decision stated that sufficient evidence existed to show that The New York Times may have been motivated by “actual massive” and at times acted with “reckless disregard” in several posts. Project Veritas is a conservative activist group that was founded by James O’Keefe in 2010. 

Project Veritas was congratulated by former President Donald Trump for their legal victory. “I want to congratulate Project Veritas on their big win on the New York Times (lawsuit), now the suit will continue, and whatever you can do for their legal defence fund, we’re with them all the way,” Trump said. Trump also praised James O’Keefe and Project Veritas for being unique and producing stories not seen anywhere else. “They do incredible work, they find things that no-one would even believe possible, so James congratulations,” Trump added.

Attorney and scholar Jonathan Turley also commented on the matter. “While it has received little coverage in the mainstream media, the conservative group Project Veritas won a major case against The New York Times this week in a defamation case with potentially wide reach.  In a 16-page decision, The New York Supreme Court Justice Charles Wood ruled against the newspaper’s motion to dismiss and found that Project Veritas had shown sufficient evidence that the New York Times might have been motivated by ‘actual malice’ and acted with ‘reckless disregard’ in several articles written by Maggie Astor and Tiffany Hsu.  The decision will allow the project access to discovery, which can be extremely difficult for a news organization.”

Reacting to the win, James O’Keefe said, “This ruling means Project Veritas will now be able to put New York Times reported Maggie Astor and New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet under oath where they will be forced to answer the questions.” He added that “Project Veritas will record these depositions and expose them for the world to see.” Jonathan Turley said this latest hit for the New York Times follows a win from former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin.  “Having two such losses for the New York Times in the defamation area is ironic given its role in establishing the precedent under New York Times v Sullivan” Turley noted. Project Veritas have said that this case appears to be the first since 1965 in which The New York Times lost on motion to dismiss without appeal, and the first case ever in which The New York Times lost under New York’s anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) laws enacted last year.





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