The far-right disinformation group Project Veritas has a long-established history of attempts to discredit news organizations and left-leaning groups by planting false stories and deceptively edited videos.
Despite this history, conservatives in Congress and right-wing media continue to amplify its stories.
Now, A local Fox News affiliate in Houston, Texas—Ivory Hecker—went rogue during a segment that was supposed to be about the heat waves currently ravaging the state.
Fox 26 TV Reporter Ivory Hecker Informs Network LIVE ON AIR She's Blowing The Whistle On Them www.youtube.com
Hecker announced that she'd been working with Project Veritas to expose Fox's "muzzling" of her reporting. She promised forthcoming recordings.
"I want to let you the viewers know that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, and from what I am gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this. I am going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox, because it applies to you, the viewers."
That's when she revealed she'd been working with Project Veritas:
"I found a nonprofit journalism group called Project Veritas that's gonna help put that out tomorrow, so tune into them."
She then went back to reporting on the heat wave.
Project Veritas has since confirmed to the Daily Beast that it will release a sit-down interview with Hecker on Tuesday night, though it remains unclear what the allegations against the network will be.
Given Project Veritas' record, people were instantly skeptical of whatever Hecker's claims were going to be.
Not a bombshell if it’s project veritas. Smooth glide into the AC story though. https://t.co/eSHiArzny0— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien) 1623723224.0
Like all Republican undertakings Project Veritas is the opposite of it's name. A "coordinated disinformation campai… https://t.co/3XiGFlZXPI— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@Duty To Warn 🔉) 1623717064.0
Number of stories Project Veritas has actually broken that weren’t cosplay con jobs: https://t.co/f4Xu6Xj8hD— Fish in a Barrel documentary (@Fish in a Barrel documentary) 1623724360.0
Yeah, Project Veritas, the institution of stellar journalism….what a self own….it’s a cult https://t.co/DriZ7g6xYW— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞) 1623717462.0
Ivory Hecker claimed she was reporting on a heat wave, but first said she and Project Veritas will release tapes t… https://t.co/XIf9I3O6QQ— Alex Morash (@Alex Morash) 1623720480.0
Does Ivory Hecker know that Project Veritas is like 0-4— Brie-ly Bored Potato (@Brie-ly Bored Potato) 1623750959.0
Though the Fox News network is still the most prominent conservative media outlet in the country, Fox has seen backlash from more conservative viewers after former President Donald Trump began routinely blasting the network for not fudging poll numbers in his favor and not pushing his disinformation consistently enough.
Right-wing media personalities and online conspiracy theorists rejoiced at Hecker's news.
News Reporter Ivory Hecker just Outed FOX News on FOX LiveTV . Saying she will expose everything to Project Veritas… https://t.co/L3bm7Osb4J— (Q)The Storm Rider (@(Q)The Storm Rider) 1623713691.0
Ivory Hecker accuses Fox of muzzling her, and says that Project Veritas will tell her story tomorrow. Is anyone su… https://t.co/fIWQZWHsgL— First Words (@First Words) 1623725280.0
BRAVE! Probably jobless now but at least she has courage to be a real journalist! https://t.co/YH6LxXJtpo— 🇺🇸Okie Patriot🇺🇸 (@🇺🇸Okie Patriot🇺🇸) 1623728011.0
As a local reporter, it's unclear how much damage Hecker can do to Fox as a corporation.