A New York Supreme Court justice ruled on Saturday that writers for The New York Times acted with malice against Project Veritas in charging them with defamation.
Last year, New York Times writers Tiffany Hsu and Maggie Astor made unverifiable claims that a Project Veritas video of election irregularities in Minnesota was misleading.
The Veritas video showing possible voter fraud in the Minnesota ballot pickup for Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) in three locations in District 6. The audiovisual features witnesses admitting on camera that absentee ballots are filled out by workers for the representative.
“Stating that the video is ‘misleading’ and asserting ‘without verifiable evidence’ factually in a news article certainly presents the statement as fact, not opinion,” the judge wrote in his 16-page decision.
The ruling means Project Veritas can proceed with the defamation suit against the traditional media outlet.
“This ruling means that Project Veritas will now be able to place The New York Times reporter Maggie Astor and The New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet under oath, where they will be forced to answer our questions. Project Veritas will record these depositions and expose them for the world to see,” the site said in a statement.