Project Veritas: how fake news prize went to rightwing group beloved by Trump - 2017-11-29
The underhand tactics that Project Veritas adopted in its notorious takedown of the progressive network Acorn and that it later applied to media organisations has attracted growing condemnation from unexpected quarters. In 2011 Blaze, the rightwing outlet founded by Glenn Beck, investigated O'Keefe's treatment of National Public Radio and concluded that the editing of a secretly filmed video seemed "designed to intentionally lie or mislead about the material being presented".
But that didn't stop Trump donating $20,000 to the group four years later. Nor did it prevent the then Republican presidential nominee from citing a Project Veritas video at his final debate with Hillary Clinton in October 2016, claiming it proved that Clinton and Barack Obama had hired thugs to cause violence at his campaign rallies.
As if to underline the strength of the links, Trump invited O'Keefe to be one of his surprise guests at the televising of the debate.