I mostly missed this story when it broke early in February.
James O’Keefe, the founder and chairman of Project Veritas, has taken a paid leave from the conservative nonprofit media organization as its board considers whether to remove him from his leadership position, according to current and former employees of the organization.
James O’Keefe can occasionally do some dumb Finklethink stuff. But he also occasionally does great investigative journalism. Sometimes he steps on his own work when he’s got some target ranting about White People and he’s trying to steer it into Vaxx stuff and Republican Party politics bloviations. He’s not perfect, but if he was what conservatives were normally like I wouldn’t hate them so much.
It’s not a surprise that he was forced out, nor is it a surprise as to whom was responsible.
Word first broke on the Twitter last night about a board coup inside the Project Veritas organization led by Matt Tyrmand, a rabid advocate for Ron DeSantis and part of the 2024 influence operation. [TWITTER Source]
According to the leaked information, Matt Tyrmand organized a six-hour confrontation session against Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe, culminating in a decision to put O’Keefe on leave.
Jaime can we see a picture of this Matthew Tyrmand character?
Just to confirm what we already know.
In September 2013, Tyrmand published a book about his life as the son of Leopold Tyrmand, a Polish Jewish novelist from Warsaw who published Zły (The Man With White Eyes, in English), a bestseller, and was active in the Polish jazz scene as well as being described as an anti-communist.
All of this went down around February 8th. Paid leave of absence is not the end of the world, if O’Keefe was coming back. There was largely silence, with the occasional flareup of alt-lite types defending O’Keefe.
Former drug mule Lauren Witzke is trying to make this about Trump and MAGA. Honestly, that could well be right. O’Keefe wasn’t worthless, but he was definitely a company man, and this has all the hallmarks of servative behind the scenes power plays.
James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, says he has been fired. He is no longer leading the conservative nonprofit organization, which is known for its use of hidden cameras and false identities to try to catch members of the media and progressive leaders saying embarrassing things and to expose their supposed liberal biases.
The board of directors of Project Veritas has accused O’Keefe of “financial misfeasance.” Its allegations of financial improprieties by the man who until recently served as the group’s chairman include that he spent money donated to the organization on various luxuries for himself, such as charter flights and theater tickets.
Apparently I got the timeline wrong and he announced he had been fired a week ago. Not sure why I just read about this today, but better late than never.
Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said in a speech posted online Monday that he has been removed as the right-wing group’s leader.
In remarks that appeared to have been made at a Project Veritas’ office, O’Keefe said the board had stripped him of all decision-making. The move comes after the board reportedly put him on leave from his role as chairman amid complaints about his treatment of staff at the organization, which is known for using hidden cameras and hiding identities to try to ensnare journalists in embarrassing conversations and to reveal supposed liberal bias.
“So currently, I have no job at Project Veritas,” O’Keefe said in the video. “I have no position here based upon what the board has done. So I’m announcing to you all that today on President’s Day, I’m packing up my personal belongings.”
I’m sure that this creature is going to do the same kind of hard hitting journalism that O’Keefe was known for. And especially against the same targets, like NYT propagandist Adam Goldman.
Or NYT propagandist Michael Rosenberg.
Although at least he won’t ever make me want to rip out my eyeballs with a rusty screwdriver at another TPUSA conference. I think that one is in the rearview mirror, since Charlie Kirk, newfound based rhetoric aside, isn’t going to be platforming anyone who doesn’t have that kosher seal of approval.
Well, it was good while it lasted. Maybe he can do some more journalism on his own.
I wouldn’t be holding your breath waiting on Matty Tyrmand to do any in the meantime.