Conflicting reports released Monday have revealed that either by his own voluntary will or that of the Project Veritas board of directors: James Edward O’Keefe III is no longer in charge of the non-profit journalistic giant he founded.
O’Keefe, who was placed on leave after a group of 16 Project Veritas employees claimed to be “troubled and frustrated with James’ management style and business acumen,” and accused him of mistreating several employees.
The group said in a letter leaked to the press,
“James has become a power-drunk tyrant and he is exactly who he pontificates on who we should be exposing.”
In the early afternoon, the story was broken by OAN Reporter Neil McCabe via Twitter when he wrote, “Exclusive: @JamesOKeefeII, my friend and former boss at @Project_Veritas, just read his resignation letter to his former team and board members at their Mamaroneck, N.Y. headquarters. James will make his own way—as he always has before.”
Exclusive: @JamesOKeefeIII, my friend and former boss at @Project_Veritas, just read his resignation letter to his former team and board members at their Mamaroneck, N.Y. headquarters. James will make his own way—as he always has before. @OANN pic.twitter.com/knOqtFTw7e
— ReporterMcCabe (@NeilWMcCabe2) February 20, 2023
Journalist R.C. Maxwell, known for his work with Veritas, Human Events, and American Thinker refuted McCabe’s report replying, “This is not accurate. James was removed from his position as CEO by the Project Veritas board. They are in charge now.”
The Twitter trend “James O’Keefe IS Project Veritas” began shortly after the letter against O’Keefe was released as multiple supporters and major donors responded coldly to the board’s actions. Many voiced that there is no Project Veritas without its founder and many lent their vocal support to O’Keefe.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) February 9, 2023
According to The Post Millennial, Veritas has “hemorrhaged followers in the wake of the news.”
PV still has a lot of followers tho. pic.twitter.com/eFF3ke6t58
— Pray for Reign (@PrayingForReign) February 9, 2023
Social Blade reporting shows that Project Veritas’ YouTube channel has lost approximately 20,000 followers since Feb. 9.