James O’Keefe released a new video on Wednesday as part of Project Veritas’ series on exposing bias in the media and at tech companies – this time possibly exposing YouTube.
The new video is a continuation of where the first video left off, in which The New York Times’Audience Strategy Editor Nicholas Dudich, previously a Democratic operative, suggests that he allows his political views to essentially guide his work – including his plan for destroying President Donald Trump.
In the new video, Dudich talks about his relationship with staff members at YouTube and suggests that the video-sharing platform cooperates with him in deciding what videos should be promoted and buried.
Dudich specifically mentioned that Earnest Pettie, who is a Brand and Diversity Curation Lead at YouTube, helps him in curating what content ends up on the front page of YouTube.
In the video, Pettie explains:
Realistically, that’s what the … that’s what that news carousel kind of does. So like, it’s above the search results so, at the very least, we can say that like this shelf of videos from news partners is legitimate news because we know that these are legitimate news organizations. And if at that point, somebody decides they’re going to scroll past that and go find Alex Jones, well, they were looking for him to begin with anyway.
Project Veritas picks up where the first video left off, in conversation with the Times‘ Audience Strategy Editor, Nicholas Dudich, a former Democratic campaign operative who was shown suggesting that his political views informed his work publishing Times videos on social media platforms. (The Times responded to that first video with a statement saying that Dudich had “violated our ethical standards and misrepresented his role” in editing video content, but admitting that “he was responsible for posting already published video on other platforms.”)
The second video shows Dudich describing his relationships with staff at YouTube, and suggesting that he uses those relationships to promote or bury Times videos according to his own views.
He says he ensured a Times video that portrayed Facebook “negatively” was not promoted: “I chose to put it in a spot that I knew wouldn’t do well.” He says he can promote videos through “my friends at YouTube.” He adds: “My friends curate the front page.”
Next, the Project Veritas video shows conversations with one of Dudich’s apparent contacts at YouTube, Earnest Pettie, the “brand and diversity curation lead” at the company. Pettie is shown explaining to Project Veritas’s undercover journalist that the “news carousel,” a new feature on YouTube, is curated carefully by editors so that regardless of what videos the algorithms promote, only “legitimate” news sources are highlighted for the public.
Pettie is shown explaining that YouTube chooses to promote videos from its “news partnerships,” including with the Times. “We can say that this shelf of videos from news partners is legitimate news because we know that these are legitimate news organizations,” he says.
In one undercover interview, Pettie is seen wearing a hoodie with the Google logo on the arm and “black lives matter” across the chest. It is unclear if it is was produced or sanctioned by Google.