On Wednesday morning, James O’Keefe, the former founder and CEO of the investigative journalist organization Project Veritas, announced the creation of a new media organization called the O’Keefe Media Group via a video posted to Twitter.
The video begins with a description of O’Keefe’s track record as a journalist and emphasized the importance of his previous work with Project Veritas, however, the journalist goes on to explain that he was betrayed by those he thought he could trust.
“The irony of the ACORN story is that it took a 25-year-old with a hidden camera a few days to do what billion-dollar networks and journalists could not do in a decade,” he said about the first story that got him national attention in 2009 leading to dire consequences for the organization targeted.
“I spent 14 years creating the most effective, non-profit newsroom this country has ever seen,” he explained about the multi-million dollar organization he built. “And in paving the way to establish citizen journalism, I have been defamed, arrested, raided, ultimately removed from the organization I spent so much time developing the credibility of.”
“I always knew they would try to ruin the reputations of those who exposed them,” O’Keefe continued. “The pharma giants, the three-letter government agencies, and those who I thought I could trust.”
Last month, O’Keefe was ousted from Project Veritas following internal disputes about how the company should be run and concerns the board of directors had over his personal spending of company funds. Many conservatives, however, saw O’Keefe’s ouster from the company he built as a coup of sorts.
“But in response, we are going to build an army of investigators and exposers,” the veteran journalist announced. “They have awakened a sleeping giant. I am back. Remaining by my side is a small, tight-knit group of the most elite journalists in the world. Exposing corruption requires standing up to power because power hates sunlight. We are sunlight.”
“Welcome to the O’Keefe Media Group where we will never be shut down because not only do I own it but you own it too,” he concluded, adding, “Support us sponsor our army of journalists by becoming a founding member today.”
On the new organization’s website, https://www.okeefemediagroup.com, O’Keefe explains that “In the coming months you will see this army expanding across the country, every statehouse, every city council, every school board, and everywhere people are conspiring to keep themselves in power, practice favoritism, or line their pockets with tax dollars.”
Those who wish to support O’Keefe’s organization can donate $500, $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 in order to become a “Founding Member.” Additionally, individuals can subscribe to get content from the organization at $200 a year or $19.99 a month.
The launch of the O’Keefe Media Group is a big step for citizen journalism and will likely bring light to a number of corrupt government practices and organizations. If O’Keefe’s reputation proves anything, it’s that he is a fantastic journalist that is more than capable of building this new organization into one that will rival his former one.
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