Judge maintains block on New York Times coverage of Project Veritas
Project Veritas chief Mr. O’Keefe often uses covert cameras and fake IDs in videos meant to embarrass the media, Democratic officials, labor groups and liberals. In a statement Friday regarding the judge’s ruling, Mr O’Keefe wrote: “The Times is so blinded by its hatred of Project Veritas that anything it does results in self-inflicted injury.
In his new ruling, Judge Wood rejected the Times argument that the notes prepared by the lawyer for Project Veritas – who advised the Conservative group on how to legally apply deceptive reporting methods – were a topic of public concern.
“Without a doubt, every media outlet believes that whatever it publishes is a matter of public interest,” the judge wrote. He added, “Our smartphones beep and buzz all day long with news flashes that supposedly reflect our browsing and clicking interests, and we can tune in or play the media that gives us the stories and the stories. topics we want to see. But some things are not fodder for public consideration and consumption. “
Justice Wood argued that his ruling did not amount to a restriction on the newspaper’s journalism.
“The Times is perfectly free to investigate, discover, research, interview, photograph, record, report, publish, express, exhibit or ignore any aspect of Project Veritas. as its editors deem newsworthy in their sole discretion, without utilizing Project Veritas’ preferred attorney-client. memorandums, ”the judge wrote.
Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., a lawyer who represents media outlets including CNN, said in an interview on Friday that the judge’s ruling was “very false and dangerous.”
“This is a blatant and unprecedented intrusion into the information gathering and information gathering process,” Boutrous said. “The particular danger is that it allows a party suing a news agency for libel then to obtain a gag order against the news agency prohibiting further reporting. This is the ultimate cooling effect.