American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News
by James O’Keefe (Author)
The one real difference between the American press and the Soviet state newspaper Pravda was that the Russian people knew they were being lied to. To expose the lies our media tell us today, controversial journalist James O’Keefe created Project Veritas, an independent news organization whose reporters go where traditional journalists dare not. Their investigative work–equal parts James Bond, Mike Wallace, and Saul Alinsky―has had a consistent and powerful impact on its targets.
In American Pravda, the reader is invited to go undercover with these intrepid journalists as they infiltrate political campaigns, unmask dishonest officials and expose voter fraud. A rollicking adventure story on one level, the book also serves as a treatise on modern media, arguing that establishment journalists have a vested interest in keeping the powerful comfortable and the people misinformed.
The book not only contests the false narratives frequently put forth by corporate media, it documents the consequences of telling the truth in a world that does not necessarily want to hear it. O’Keefe’s enemies attack with lawsuits, smear campaigns, political prosecutions, and false charges in an effort to shut down Project Veritas. For O’Keefe, every one of these attacks is a sign of success.
American Pravda puts the myths and misconceptions surrounding O’Keefe’s activities to rest and will make you rethink every word you hear and read in the so-called mainstream press.
About the Author
James O’Keefe is an award-winning journalist and the author of the New York Times bestseller Breakthrough. He is the founder and President of Project Veritas and Project Veritas Action, non-profit organizations dedicated to investigating corruption, dishonesty, waste and fraud in both public and private institutions. O’Keefe’s investigations have led directly to the passage of new legislation, federal and state investigations, congressional inquiries, the defunding of taxpayer-funded groups, resignations, firings, restrainings and arrests.
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (January 16, 2018)
“James O’Keefe’s book is revelatory, scandalous, shocking and – yes, funny as hell as well. Told by a youthful but battle-hardened warrior deep in enemy lines of the culture wars, “American Pravda” pulls back the iron curtains of institutional corruption to reveal a red-rimmed hellscape of falsehood and manipulation. A powerful and inspirational read, highly recommended” – Stefan Molyneux
“This book is a clarion call on behalf of accountability, transparency, and responsible government: items high on the rhetorical agenda of the bureaucrats that run our lives but somehow always forgotten when it comes to their exercising power.” – Roger Kimball
“The mainstream media, led by the Washington Post, New York Times, and CNN, are out for revenge against President Trump for labeling them “fake news” and using social media to get around them, according to an explosive forthcoming book by muckraker James O’Keefe.” – Paul Bedard
Light is the best disinfectant! This book is magnificent and sad at the same time. One can’t help but be sad about the current state of affairs in the Press, but at the same time one can’t but see hope when reading this book.
This is a book about how much personal bravery and persistence is required to acquire and publish the news that goes against the “official” narratives of the Mainstream Media. It clearly describes in much detail how and why the Press, once brimming with energy, vigor and integrity became the partizan hacks or the Fake News & Propaganda Complex that it largely is today. How the future “journalists” are indoctrinated in universities to be stenographers rather than journalists and not to even think about questioning the narratives. How the reporting of the Mainstream Media is affected by the fact that they are motivated by (and controlled) by the financial/corporate interests rather than the pursuit of truth and the the desire to expose corruption and wickedness. The book shows examples how the Mainstream Media manufactures narratives and pushes propaganda while stonewalling the truth, the extent of collusion of the Media with the Deep State, both on every level: local, State and Federal.
I find the full story on how the MSM handled the 2016 voter fraud expose to be especially telling. How ubiquitous was the resistance to the news that contradicted the established narrative. The Expose was not fit for print in the MSM initially, not because it was false, or unimportant, but because the info was both true AND important. And incredibly so! And all the more telling was the reaction of the MSM after despite all odds the expose reached significant audiences and the culprits were fired, so that it was impossible to not comment. The reaction had been what we are used to now, a year into Trump’s presidency – slander, straw man arguments, and straight on lies… And it is only one of many examples of Veritas investigations being stonewalled.
The only thing the Fake News & Propaganda Complex reported about this magnificent book was the 30-second clip of James meeting Trump, where Trump ask whether James could look into Barack Obama’s college records. The allegation was that Obama stated that he was foreign-born to score some grants. Out of 9+hours of audio they chose the only 30-second bit that reinforces their own narrative of Trump’s “obsession” with Obama. Not to mention that if these allegations had been true, the most powerful person in the world for 8 years, would have been exposed as a liar and a fraud…