What would you say if the video editor for a major news organization, who has editorial control over content, formerly worked on the Obama and Clinton campaigns?
Moreover, what would you think if that editor claimed to be James Comey’s godson, a former FBI informant on antifa, and to have enjoyed punching Nazis while with the group?
Nicholas Dudich, the audience strategy editor for the New York Times, is supposed to be nonpartisan, unbiased, and hopefully honest. But in James O’Keefe’s latest Project Veritas video exposing media bias, Dudich showed himself to be no such thing.
Dudich, a former Democrat campaign operative, helps edit New York Times video content on social media. He told O’Keefe’s female undercover journalist that he worked on social media for Barack Obama’s 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, and worked as a media strategist in 2016 for Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“So I have that background,” he said, referring to his work on the Obama campaign. When Clinton, in 2016, needed a volunteer strategist to do video, he said he was recruited to help them make a “heartfelt” video for her.
He said he had to quit his job in journalism in order to work for the Clinton campaign:
I had to leave my job at Fusion ABC to then take a job at Upworthy where I wasn’t deemed a journalist anymore to be able to work for the Clinton campaign.
Dudich explained that his work for Clinton motivated him to get back into journalism:
Like, after the Clinton campaign, I’m like, no I need to get back into news and keep doing s*** because, like, this isn’t going to change.
In his Linkedin profile, Dudich lists his work as an intern for the Obama campaign, but not his work for the Clinton campaign.
In the video, he not only admitted to his left-wing bias, he said that it was why he was there.
“I will be objective,” he said, before admitting: “No, I’m not. That’s why I’m there.”
Dudich also openly admitted that he plots and schemes ways to bring President Trump down:
I’d target his businesses, his dumb f*** of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric, so they’re running Trump, like, the Trump business. … And you put pressure on his business and you start investigating his business and you start shutting it down. … He cares about his business more than he cares about being President. … He would resign.
In a strange twist, Dudich told the undercover journalist that he is the godson of former FBI director James Comey.
I’ve met him. He’s a great guy, actually. He’s my godfather.
He told the Project Veritas journalist that his “dad and mom knew him and his wife for a really long time.” He went on to say that he should have recused himself from working on videos about Comey’s testimony before Congress, but didn’t because no one at the Times knew about his supposed connection to Comey.
This bit of information did not pan out when Project Veritas contacted members of Dudich’s family to verify the information. Both his grandmother and father said they had no relationship with Comey.
In yet another strange twist in the video, Dudich claimed that he was a member of the violent anarchist group antifa when he lived in North Florida, where he enjoyed “punching Nazis.” He then suggested that he was working as an undercover informant for the FBI, gathering “intelligence” about their activities.
Asked if Comey was aware of his antifa exploits, he answered: “I cannot confirm or deny that information.”
Project Verita’s undercover journalist later called Dudich and asked him to explain why he lied about Comey, and Dudich had no answer.
“Why did you say that?” she asked.
“I don’t know — it’s a good story,” he responded.
While Dudich may be somewhat of a fabulist, there is no question that he has an extreme left-wing bias.
When he admitted that his lack of objectivity was why he was there — at the New York Times — it was probably his most honest moment in the video. As conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh likes to say, that’s why liberals enter the field of journalism: not to uncover facts, but to “make a difference.”