Conservative journalist James O’Keefe has been ousted from Project Veritas, the conservative media group he founded over a decade ago.
Various reports have surfaced accusing O’Keefe of running a toxic work environment, with the Post Millenial reporting on “vague charges” that he was “a brutal taskmaster who demanded perfection.”
The National Review also claims there were “apparent conflicts between O’Keefe and other leaders of the conservative watchdog group,” while other reports indicate there had been disputes over his spending tactics.
The conservative firebrand was placed on paid leave earlier this month as the board of the organization sorted through their next course of action.
The suspension was reportedly due to O’Keefe’s attempt to fire the group’s chief strategy and financial officers over alleged conflicts over fundraising.
BREAKING: O’Keefe has been ousted by PV’s board. He had risen to prominence during Trump era as Trump and his followers embraced his controversial tactics. Project Veritas is under federal investigation by SDNY for purchasing Ashley Biden’s stolen diary.https://t.co/HCRHHbOiIF
— Michael S. Schmidt (@nytmike) February 20, 2023
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Project Veritas Ousts James O’Keefe
Following his ouster from Project Veritas, O’Keefe posted a video on social media announcing the move, explaining what he believed had happened.
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“I don’t know why this has happened now or why this is happening suddenly right now,” O’Keefe told staff in the video.
That said, he strongly insinuated that an undercover video allegedly showing a Pfizer official losing his cool, destroying an iPad, and getting into a physical altercation with O’Keefe after being confronted with footage of his own statements, posted last month, was the breaking point.
In that video, the Pfizer employee claimed the company wanted to ‘mutate’ the COVID virus to make new vaccines and profit off of them.
The most watched video in Project Veritas history and it hasn’t even been 24 hours… pic.twitter.com/xaRvlD5qTo
— Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) January 26, 2023
The undercover sting is described by O’Keefe as “the biggest story in our organization’s history” and the “only thing” that has changed in his working tenure with Project Veritas in recent days.
“That is the only thing that has changed,” he said of the Pfizer video. “And then, suddenly, an unusual emergency happened just a few days after that.”
Since it’s already out there, here are my heartfelt remarks to my staff this morning.
I need to make clear I have not resigned from the company, Project Veritas, I founded 13 years ago. I was stripped of my position as CEO and Chairman.
I came to the PV pic.twitter.com/NwHivwR1EM… https://t.co/X1lKCnwuif
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) February 21, 2023
RELATED: Wild Video: Pfizer Employee Completely Flips Out After Being Shown Undercover Video of Him Claiming Company Wants to ‘Mutate’ COVID to Profit Off Vaccines
Outrage Over O’Keefe’s Removal
James O’Keefe has defended himself over accusations that he is a difficult “taskmaster” to work with, admitting his faults but noting he cares about his staff even if he doesn’t show it at times.
“I haven’t always been the most compassionate leader, and that is admittedly a fault of mine, something I need to work on,” he states in the video.
“I do love many of you. I never said it, those words, but I’ll say it now.”
BREAKING VIDEO: James O’Keefe addresses Project Veritas staff as he exits from the organization he founded following a high-profile board dispute. “Our mission continues on. I’m not done. The mission will perhaps take on a new name…” pic.twitter.com/0fZov5AXa3
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 20, 2023
Conservatives on social media were passionately furious over O’Keefe’s ouster from Project Veritas.
“[O’Keefe] is Project Veritas. Project Veritas is nothing without James O’Keefe,” writes political commentator David Freiheit. “I will continue to support James. But Never again Project Veritas.”
Over 100,000 unfollowed @Project_Veritas today. @JamesOKeefeIII is Project Veritas. Project Veritas is nothing without James O’Keefe. I will continue to support James. But Never again Project Veritas. pic.twitter.com/rmVaMusdRQ
— Viva Frei (@thevivafrei) February 20, 2023
Fox News contributor Ben Domenech argued that if there were a way, right-leaning media would have ousted another “creative genius” like the late Andrew Breitbart.
James O’Keefe out at Project Veritas is yet another example of how right media and the donor class have a deep intolerance for creative genius.
If Andrew Breitbart had lived, they’d have found a way to ditch him, too.
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) February 20, 2023
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk asked his followers if they thought Project Veritas would continue to “thrive” without James O’Keefe at the helm.
The overwhelming response was some form of the word ‘No.’
LEAKED Project Veritas board email argues that Project Veritas will “thrive” without James O’Keefe.
Do you agree? pic.twitter.com/RMT7ZjO8m9
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 21, 2023
Podcast host Kyle Becker declared Project Veritas “dead to me.”
After watching James O’Keefe’s farewell video, I can declare that @Project_Veritas is dead to me pic.twitter.com/kwQZUhkXVL
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) February 20, 2023
O’Keefe, in his farewell speech to staff, hinted at his future.
“I’m announcing to you all that today, on Presidents Day, I’m packing up my personal belongings… and I’m intending to start anew,” he told staff.
“So, our mission continues on. I’m not done,” he said in a veritable Jerry Maguire moment.
“The mission will perhaps take on a new name, and it may no longer be called Veritas, Project Veritas,” O’Keefe added. “I will need a bunch of people around me, and I’ll make sure you know how to find me.”
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This is just upper level “cancel culture”. O’Keefe was just unfortunate enough to have a “Board of Cowards” that couldn’t handle the heat. As long as he stays healthy, he’ll land on his feet, because the DOJ, FBI, CIA, etal are just arms of the Democrat Party and of little or no value to the American People.
Time to show the Board of Directors the door.
If you have to ask the answer is yes. The next question or action is discovering if bank accounts for the BOD were enhanced by anyone with a link to Phizer or the CDC. Or if the BOD and the female gripe were extorted. PV will not survive this. Already unsubscribed to their utube account. OKeefe learned a lesson here, do not hand over your creation to a BOD and the BOD is going to learn you don’t kick the founder and the reason for existence to the street because some big pharma people got a little angry.
Any time a founder is ousted from his own company by the board you need to ask:
Who benefits from his removal?
Why are they so scared of him?
How close was he to getting to the truth?
You don’t even need definitive answers to those questions to know for certain that board is more full of serpents than a game of Snakes and Ladders.
Pfizer is the largest criminal company on earth after communist China.
PV in its current position without a competent leader is going to collapse from its own Woke direction. It’s as if General Patton was removed and Nancy Pelosi was put in charge. The short sighted Board can watch as their ship sinks below into the deep depths!
O’Keefe is the best! Prayers for his protection from those who want to silence him.
Amen Wayne ! I somehow get the feeling that it will be the Pfizer bad-eggs brigade who come out of this one with yolk on their faces !
The most important thing to remember here is not O’Keefe getting pushed out, it’s the revelation by the Pfizer director.
Woody Harrelson will suffer the same fate.
Don’t Pfuk with Pfizer.
Henckley from Democrat Rhode Island was sent to PV to stop O’Keefe from exposing the socialist agenda. Hopefully, O’Keefe will start a new organization but be more careful about who he allows in to his circle. My money will follow.
I agree 100%! Where James lands, my money lands as well!
I’ll be waiting for his new organization before I make any more donations.
the guy who is sticking his neck out is fired by the cowards in the closet. Start a new brand.
Where every James O’Keefe goes to share his informative news, I’ll also go and will leave what he is leaving behind. I believe him to be truthful.
duhh! and this had to be stated?
I completely believe James O’Keefe and thoroughly disbelieve the compromised PV board. Closets… Skeletons… And the power accrued for knowing where the closets are and whose skeletons are in them… James O’Keefe knows about the skeletons in a lot of closets but so do the owners of those closets with the skeletons! Now I want to know just WHAT skeletons are in the closets of the PV board??? Irony indeed should James O’Keefe expose ‘those’ skeletons.