According to a report from The Daily Beast, conservative media organization Project Veritas has initiated legal action against its founder, James O’Keefe. The lawsuit alleges that O’Keefe engaged in employee mistreatment, incurred substantial personal expenses using company accounts, and utilized Project Veritas resources to establish a competing media outlet.
The legal dispute, filed on Wednesday in a federal court in New York, arises from a deepening rift between O’Keefe and Project Veritas, the right-wing undercover video operation he established in 2010. Earlier this year, a group of Project Veritas employees penned a letter claiming that O’Keefe had transformed into a “power-drunk tyrant” who displayed outright cruelty toward staff members. Examples cited ranged from O’Keefe allegedly consuming a sandwich belonging to a pregnant coworker to utilizing company funds for theatrical productions.
In February, James O’Keefe was suspended and shortly thereafter revealed the establishment of a new organization called O’Keefe Media Group (OMG), which bears similarities to Project Veritas. Project Veritas alleges that O’Keefe initiated his new venture while utilizing Project Veritas resources, including donor lists and laptops.
When approached for comment by The Daily Beast, neither Project Veritas nor O’Keefe responded. Additionally, two former Project Veritas employees named defendants in the lawsuit either did not respond or could not be contacted for comment.
Project Veritas asserts that O’Keefe’s erratic conduct violated the terms of the contract even prior to his establishment of OMG. During an internal investigation conducted earlier this year to examine O’Keefe’s behavior, the company’s board received allegations indicating that O’Keefe frequently engaged in unprofessional behavior during team meetings. These allegations included instances of O’Keefe shouting at and demeaning colleagues, focusing on female employees. It was claimed that he made disparaging remarks about their contributions to the company and made inappropriate comments about personal matters such as pregnancies.
Furthermore, employees reportedly stated that they personally witnessed explicit messages exchanged between O’Keefe and various women on social media platforms while accessing O’Keefe’s phone for work-related purposes.
According to employees, the unprofessional behavior also extended to financial matters. The lawsuit claims that O’Keefe regularly displayed tardiness for meetings and exhibited rudeness during VIP events intended to provide donors with additional access to O’Keefe. As a result, strained relationships developed with several donors.
The lawsuit accuses O’Keefe of assigning personal tasks to employees, such as cleaning his boat and running errands like picking up his laundry. While employed at Project Veritas, O’Keefe allegedly misused company funds for questionable purposes. These actions included spending over $10,000 on a helicopter flight from New York to Maine without clear benefits to Project Veritas. O’Keefe also reportedly expensed first-class air travel and luxury accommodations.
Ryan Hedrick works for WIBC in Indianapolis as a Morning News Anchor/Digital Content Producer. Prior to moving to Indy, he served as Assistant Program Director and Co-Host of the Morning News Express at WFMD. His career also includes stints at News Talk 103.7 FM in Chambersburg, PA, Sirius XM in Washington D.C., WBEN in Buffalo, NY, and WIBW-AM in Topeka KS where he earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting in 2016. To connect with Ryan, find him on Twitter @SureToCover.
Tom Tradup Named Contributing Editor of All Israel News
Salem Radio Network Vice President Tom Tradup has been hired as Contributing Editor of All Israel News, the publication has announced.
In his new role, Tradup will coach the outlet’s writers and editors, and will also provide a weekly column about Israel, the Arab world, and U.S. policy in the Middle East.
“I could not be more thrilled that Tom Tradup has agreed to help All Israel News publish more great content and dramatically expand our traffic, reach, and influence,” founder Joel C. Rosenberg said.
Tradup will continue in his full-time role at Salem Radio Network, in addition to his new role with All Israel News.
“I’m honored to work with Joel Rosenberg and his awesome team. Given that they only launched on September 1, 2020, I’m astonished by just how much they’ve accomplished. They’re breaking stories that are getting picked up by much larger American and Israeli news outlets. They’re getting exclusive interviews with the most powerful leaders in Israel and the Arab world,” said Tradup.
“Also, they’re providing the best daily online coverage of what’s happening with Christians in Israel and the broader Middle East. TBN loves their work and has created a prime-time TV show with Joel as anchor and executive producer. And Joel is being interviewed by Fox News, Newsmax, the Jerusalem Post, and so many other major media outlets because of his expertise and unique perspective on the region.
“Clearly, the Lord is doing something very special here, and at this pivotal moment in history, I’m really looking forward to helping Joel and his colleagues build on this successful foundation and create exciting new content that educates Evangelical Christians about what’s happening in Israel and the region from a distinctly Biblical worldview.”
NAB CEO Curtis Legeyt Applauds Court Decision to Complete Quadrennial Review
“This ruling is an important step to compel a review that the record makes clear is necessary to allow local broadcasters to more fairly compete and deliver our trusted, locally-focused programming in a transformed media marketplace.”
A U.S. Court of Appeals has handed down a decision providing the FCC 90 days to complete the 2018 quadrennial review. The NAB has shared their pleasure with the decision.
“NAB applauds the Court for recognizing the vital importance of the FCC completing its long overdue 2018 quadrennial review. Today, broadcasters’ service to communities across the country is imperiled by the Commission’s failure to modernize its decades-old media ownership rules,” NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt said. “This ruling is an important step to compel a review that the record makes clear is necessary to allow local broadcasters to more fairly compete and deliver our trusted, locally-focused programming in a transformed media marketplace.”
Earlier this year, the NAB threatened to sue the FCC if it did not respond to a request to postpone the 2022 review until the 2018 review was completed. FCC Jessica Rosenworcel subsequently shared that changes to the commission’s ownership rules were still a work in progress, despite the legal challenges facing the quadrennial review.
However, the broadcaster group has shared its intention of working together with the FCC to find a resolution.
“NAB looks forward to actively engaging with the FCC to forge a path forward and reinforce the essential service provided by free, local broadcast stations in communities across the country.”
X Will Be Turning a Profit in 2024 Says CEO Linda Yaccarino
“90% of the top 100 advertisers have returned to the platform in the last 12 weeks alone.”
The profitability of X, formerly Twitter, has been a hot topic since the social media platform was purchased by billionaire Elon Musk. His hand-picked CEO, Linda Yaccarino, says the company will be in the black in 2024.
While appearing at the Code Conference, Yaccarino said that since she has taken on the role of CEO, she know sees a path to profitability for the company.
“Now that I have immersed myself in the business, and we have a good set of eyes on what is predictable, what’s coming is that it looks like in early ’24, we will be turning a profit,” Yaccarino said.
During the interview, which has been labeled by observers as “odd” and “uncomfortable, Yaccarino claimed, “90% of the top 100 advertisers have returned to the platform in the last 12 weeks alone.”
In its first 13 years of operation, the social media company has yet to turn a profit. However, the insinuation of profitability by Yaccarino isn’t the first time she’s claimed the company was close to being in the black. In an interview with CNBC in August, she said the platform was “pretty close to breakeven”.
Yaccarino added that she views X as “a new company”, saying it’s a “new day”. She continued by noting that her belief is X is “building a foundation on expression and freedom of speech”, whereas Twitter was “operating on different sets of rules…different philosophies and ideologies that were creeping down the road of censorship”.