The investigative journalists at Project Veritas have released a second undercover video exposing what appears to be journalistic misconduct at The New York Times.
In Wednesday’s video, Audience Strategy Editor Nicholas Dudich describes how he can influence the news by manipulating social media so that stories that Silicon Valley may not appreciate are swept under the rug.
“As an editor, I’m a gatekeeper so I can choose what goes out and what doesn’t go out. And let’s say we wrote something about Facebook negatively… We actually just did a video about Facebook negatively, and I chose to put it in a spot that I knew wouldn’t do well,” Dudich said.
Dudich also claimed his friends at YouTube help to move his content to the front page of the website, something that the platform has long claimed they do not do.
“Let’s say something ends up on the YouTube front page, The New York Times freaks out about it, but they don’t know it’s just because my friends curate the front page. So, it’s like, a little bit of mystery you need in any type of job to make it look like what you do is harder than what it is,” Dudich claimed.
The Project Veritas press release accompanying the video states that Earnest Pettie, the Brand and Diversity Curation Lead at YouTube –also Dudich’s friend and former coworker at Fusion ABC — helps push Dudich’s videos to the top.
In a meeting with Pettie, he said YouTube attempts to push what they believe to be “legitimate” news sources to the top, over alternative news sources like InfoWars.
“Realistically, that’s what the… that’s what the news carousel kind of does, so like, it’s above the search results so, at the very least, we can say this shelf of videos from news partners is legitimate news because we know that these are legitimate news organizations,” Pettie said.
“And if at that point, somebody decides they’re going to scroll past that and go find Alex Jones, well, they were looking for him to begin with anyway,” he said.
This process of handpicking news to feed their viewers while also demonetizing independent journalists who are doing on the ground reporting has left many questioning the credibility of the platform.
All of my videos from Catalonia have been demonetized… This is going to be a crummy couple of weeks.
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) October 4, 2017
I went on the ground in Barcelona to report on the referendum. Demonetized. Independent journalism is barely viable. /1
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) October 7, 2017
“Which organizations have YouTube bestowed with the title of ‘legitimate?'” asked James O’Keefe of Project Veritas. “If YouTube is going to get in the news business, they’re going to have to answer for the sins of their news partners.”
Tuesday, Project Veritas released the first undercover video from within The New York Times, in which Dudich admit to targeting the Trump brands and family to attempt to strong arm President Donald J. Trump into resigning.
In response, The New York Times released a statement saying that based on what they have seen in the Project Veritas video, “it appears that a recent hire in a junior position violated our ethical standards and misrepresented his role. In his role at The Times, he was responsible for posting already published video on other platforms and was never involved in the creation or editing of Times videos. We are reviewing the situation now.”