WATCH: Right-Wing Activist Tries To Con WaPo Into Reporting Fake Story Against Moore, Fails Miserably
The Washington Post just reported that a woman approached the newspaper and falsely claimed that Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore impregnated her when she was a teenager — seemingly as part of an undercover operation with a conservative activist in an attempt to embarrass the publication.
The woman told the Post in a series of interviews that she had a sexual relationship with Moore in 1992, became pregnant and had an abortion at Moore’s urging when she was 15. The woman also asked reporters if her story would cause Moore to lose the special election.
Post reporters questioned the woman about inconsistencies in her story and discovered a GoFundMe.com campaign under her name that said the she “had accepted a job to work in the conservative media movement to combat the lies and deceit [sic] of the liberal MSM.”
The woman repeatedly denied to the Post that she was working with any groups targeting the media. But Post reporters followed the woman and saw her entering the New York offices of Project Veritas, a conservative group that uses undercover operations to target the media and left-leaning organizations. Her car was reportedly in the parking lot of the offices for more than an hour.
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe declined to talk to the Post about the claims.
“I am not doing an interview right now, so I’m not going to say a word,” O’Keefe told the Post.
A spokesman for Moore’s campaign did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron said the newspaper published the off-the-record conversations with the woman because it was “the essence of a scheme to deceive and embarrass us.”
“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,” he said.
In the video below, Washington Post reporter Stephnie McCrummen confrontsthe woman over the false allegations: