On Tuesday, Project Veritas released a new video revealing that New York Times reporter Mike Schmidt had attempted to recruit a Project Veritas journalist as a source for the Ashley Biden diary story, calling it a "stupid f*cking diary."
"I'm just trying to figure out what happened with a stupid f*cking diary," said Schimdt in phonemail audio recorded by Project Veritas.
Schmidt was referring to The New York Times coverage of the FBI raids that took place at Project Veritas journalist’s homes, including founder James O’Keefe, in regards to Joe Biden's daughter, Ashley Biden's, diary.
Schmidt seems to suggest at another point in the phone call that Project Veritas' actions in regards to the diary are standard procedure in journalism.
"Would you [Project Veritas] be the first organization on the face of the Earth to go out and buy something in the middle of a political election and try to publish a story? No. There’s a strict, you know, a stream of American journalism in that area," Schmidt says on the call.
Later in the conversation, Schmidt attempts to "level" with the Project Veritas journalist to gain their trust.
"I got a pile of sh*t on a table, right? A bunch of sh*t that happened around this PV stuff, right? I'm trying to sort through what's right and what's not right in the hopes of getting this story right. That's my only goal," said Schmidt.
"I’ve got like, different accusations, different allegations, we've got some police reports. I tend to look at a police report and give it a little bit more credibility, got, whatever," he continued.
"So, what I'm saying to you is, I’m saying like, the more that you level with me, m the more that I’m going to have a sense of what to look at as the right stuff and what’s the wrong stuff," he added.
"But if I was in the business of saying to people like you, 'hey, look level with me, I'm trying to figure out the facts,' and turned around and f*ckin you, then I wouldn't be able to do what I do. I just wouldn't. And it would also be the wrong thing to do, not that I’m some moralist or like whatever," Schmidt said.
"I'm just some dude out there with a f*ckin blank notepad in the crazy f*ckin works, trying to figure out what the f*ck’s going on."
Later in the conversation, Schmidt questions why the Project Veritas journalist is bothered by being called an operative over a journalist, to which the journalist said that "if you look that the history of journalism and you, you see undercover tactics being used in journalism, its a weird distinction to call, to say they’re an operative versus a journalist. That just strikes me as odd."
Schmidt later questions why Project Veritas homes would be raided, chalking it up to either the company doing something wrong, or the government overreaching.
"I think that for the federal government to have gotten a search warrant to go into three Project Veritas folks' homes, let’s just call them folks, not operatives or journalists, let’s go with folks for now, for now, alright? I think two have done that, either Project Veritas had to have done something pretty, pretty f*cked up, or or the government has to have overreached here in some way."