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James O’Keefe: Local Media Made All the Difference in Elections (video)

Originally published at WND.com

Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe notes that his organization did an undercover video about possible vote fraud in Kentucky, and Democrat Senate challenger Alison Grimes went from a four-point poll lead to a 16-point loss.

In Arkansas, Democrat Mark Pryor was polling down seven points before a Project Veritas’ undercover video, and he lost by 17 points.

In Colorado, incumbent Democrat Mark Udall was trailing by a small margin but lost by three points after Project Veritas’ work in that state.

And in North Carolina, considered a tossup Senate seat in the 2014 race, Democrat incumbent Kay Hagan went from a two-point lead to a two-point loss to Republican Thom Tillis after videos released by Project Veritas.

So does the undercover work of guerrilla journalists like O’Keefe make a difference?

He thinks so, for several reasons, and so do others.

In an interview with WND/Radio America, O’Keefe explained local media outlets pay attention when there are allegations of vote fraud against their candidates, especially if there is video to back the claims.

“The local media makes all the difference. In all these races, Denver Post, Charlotte Observer, all these newspapers have covered the videos … showing that there is fraud, that these people are breaking the law. And I think that’s what makes the difference. It’s not about the national media now. It’s about the local media, and that’s where we often fight these battles.”

He said in the interview with Radio America’s Greg Corombos that his work simply is revealing the truth, not endorsing or campaigning.

“Bloomberg News had an article where they credited Veritas with making the difference in these close Senate races, but we did videos in North Carolina recently and as you point out, the attorney general was issued a complaint by the Republican Party,” O’Keefe said. “What’s remarkable is the local media coverage in these different states. After the campaign manager was fired last week after encouraging a noncitizen to vote – that was our undercover reporter posing as a noncitizen – every local TV station was at the press conference.

“So I really think it’s a new type of journalism that has prompted local media to pay attention while the nationals don’t care. I think the local media is where it counts. I think people are fed up with the idea of fraud. In Colorado, it wasn’t just them nodding their heads. In Colorado, the official actually identified a location where our undercover reporter could actually go to retrieve mail-in ballots in the trash. She said go to the ‘ghetto,’ was her word, and take the African-American and Mexican ballots because ‘they don’t care.’

“These are really outlandish statements that we caught on tape that I think shocked people. In North Carolina, it was a one or two-point differential that could have made the difference,” he said.

Continue reading and see the video at WND.com

h/t John Pizzo

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