In a video newly released by Project Veritas, Washington Post National Security Correspondent Dan Lamothe and Director of Product Joey Marburger discussed the newspaper’s agenda with an undercover reporter. According to a release by Project Veritas, which was founded by investigative journalist James O’Keefe, “Evidently, covering Trump the way they do is good business, even though it’s fake news.”

In the video, Marburger is heard to say how important covering President Donald Trump is to the newspaper’s bottom line. “It’s hard to get away from him [Trump], and people find it draining, but we think about that,” Marburger said. “If Trump just disappeared tomorrow, our traffic would drop by thirty percent. So we think about that.”

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Marburger also said that Jeff Bezos who owns Amazon and The Washington Post has influenced the newspaper’s editorial policies. Bezos -- who has frequently denounced President Trump -- is credited with creating the newspaper’s new motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

Washington Post’s national security reporter, Dan Lamothe, reflected on the newspaper’s editorial practice of denouncing Trump. After explaining the difference between reporting and opinion and his own role, Lamothe says, “Whoa, I work for that place?” Speaking about the Washington Post editors,  Lamothe said:

“They definitely don’t like Trump. I mean here’s the thing though. There’s the news side that’s just trying to critically call bullshit when there’s bullshit, but also give him credit where there’s credit, you know? When something is good, and he’s doing more things bad, but he’s doing some of the things good.”

Noting that WaPo is criticized for its treatment of President Donald, Lamothe said, “Yeah, that would be a criticism. You’re spending a ton of time on this thing that’s sensational, versus… Some sort of policy thing that would affect everybody.” Lamothe added that CNN and The New York Times are worse in their coverage of Trump, saying: “Some of the New York Times reporters are way over the top. CNN is always over the top. Wall Street Journal is very conservative, all that stuff. Some of it’s just like the, who’s in charge of your newspaper.”

Marburger confirms that Amazon’s Jeff Bezos who owns The Washington Post has influenced the Washington Post’s vision. Bezos is even credited with creating the Washington Post’s new motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness.”

“The Washington Post came to our headquarters this to try to turn the tables on us, to kind of do what we do, said Project Veritas President James O’Keefe, according to a release. “The difference is the major media has more of a problem with exposing the corruption than they do with the corruption itself. See, Washington Post, Democracy does die in darkness. But it also dies in silence too. Stay tuned because there are more videos to come.”

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In an email to supporters, O'Keefe explained about reports made by the Washington Post about a woman who called herself Jaime Philipps, who claimed to have been made pregnant by Roy Moore, an Alabama Republican who is running for the Senate. In a video distributed by O'Keefe, he is followed by Washington Post investigative reporter Aaron Davis who appears to ask who O'Keefe is filming. In his email, O'Keefe wrote:

"This morning as I walked to Project Veritas’ office, I was ambushed by reporters and a camera crew from The Washington Post.

"What were they after?

"Following months of undercover work within The Washington Post, our investigative journalist embedded within the publication had their cover blown.

"This is how undercover work goes. This isn’t the first time that has happened, and it won’t be the last time.

"The good news is . . . we already got our story.

"Now our team in a dash to beat The Washington Post to the presses."

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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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