Self-Proclaimed ‘Guerilla Journalist’ James O’Keefe Speaks at UNH

Feb 1, 2018

Controversial self-proclaimed ‘guerilla journalist’ James O’Keefe speaks about his new book at UNH in Durham
Credit Robert Garrova for NHPR

Controversial undercover video producer James O’Keefe returned to New Hampshire last night to speak at an event sponsored by College Republicans at UNH and the 603 Alliance.

Several of the two dozen or so in attendance were college students who listened intently as O’Keefe called out what he sees as media bias and corrupt journalism from outlets like The New York Times and CNN.

Through his group Project Veritas, O'Keefe has been accused of attempting to provide false information aimed at undermining national news providers, including The Washington Post.

But O’Keefe said he sees his work as journalism in its own right.

“It’s my responsibility to inform them and let the chips fall where they may,” he said, speaking of the attendees at the event.   

UNH Sophomore Nick Agostini said he came out because he watches O’Keefe’s videos online.

“I mostly look at freelance reporters. I don’t watch the big networks - either one - from both sides,” Agostini said. 

After the talk, O’Keefe’s signed copies of his new book "American Pravda: My Fight for Truth in the Era of Fake News.”