Memo to the Washington Post: Undercover journalism is important, even if you were a target for it.

Project Veritas? It has its ways of exposing journalists, but they are flawed in their methods. They have done sting operations on traditional media outlets, but the ways they are doing it are not without empirical problems.

I went into journalism for the express purpose of writing a book about its shortcomings.


Was it an undercover operation? I suppose in some ways it was, and yet I wrote about journalism, meaning no one can really truthfully say that I wasn't truthful in the way that I did it.

This group, however, are very much a gotcha genre.

But reporters who have been their targets can really have no virtuous airs in that department, either.

The Washington Post was not too happy that they were the subject of the failed sting (emphasis added):

A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.

Yeah, just like Nellie Bly did when she exposed the horrid conditions the mentally ill were forced to endure.

Just like Shane Bauer has done for Mother Jones

But that time the Post was all impressed with it.

Yet there is one peculiarity with their article:

But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw her walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups.

I seriously doubt they just happened to "see" her.

I am certain they suspected who she was affiliated with, and then followed her.

And that means their article is parsing words, and it is a very troubling sign for the newspaper.

If you thought she was James O’Keefe's proxy, just say it. You could have even confronted her.

That's what journalists do.

You didn't publish her account. You tracked her down, and saw where she was going.

That should have been a check mark in the victory column.

But then the faux outrage of an old and essential practice and the word games took any gain and promptly threw it in the trash.

Because the journalism product is tainted with vindictive ideological confines, and that means reporters must prove nonexistent points by redrawing lines in the sand with no regard for the consequences of revising their sophistry.

Project Veritas is playing the same game of Battleship with the press. Sometimes they sink a ship, but in this case, they missed.

But the Post then sunk their own silly ship as they sunk one of Veritas's in the bargain.

And the childish games continue as real corruption is ignored for yet another petty spat.