A interesting light on how organisations on the US right creates fake stories to undermine true ones.
This effort was to plant a fake story about Republican Senatorial candidate Roy Moore of Alabama, in the Washington Post. The Post had previously published accounts of women who accused Moore of making sexual approaches to them when they under 16 and he over 30.
The modus operandi is obvious. Plant a fake "Moore accuser" who would subsequently retract her story, and then say she was offered money to play a role. Hey presto! All Moore's accusers could be smeared as liars, and he would be guaranteed election.
However, the Post's investigation rang alarm bells about the latest "accuser".
"The conservative group Project Veritas and its controversial founder, James O’Keefe, apparently wanted to help cast doubt on the women’s stories. The group targets media and left-leaning organizations by secretly filming them. In 2010, O’Keefe pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after a ploy in which two men posed as telephone repairmen and tried to enter the office of then-Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)."
More of O'Keefe's concoctions surfaced here during the last election, and were of course purveyed by the usual right-wing hysteriacs.
A conservative group tried to plant a fake Roy Moore allegation in the Washington Post. It failed.
A woman said Moore got her pregnant at 15. Her story unraveled under scrutiny.
What James O'Keefe doesn't get about the media - CNNPolitics
The story is a another "fake news" warning. And, bad and all as the "MSM" are, they may be better than many who criticise them.