Pulitzer Prize-Winning N.Y. Times Reporter Says Jan 6 Media Coverage Was ‘Overreaction,’ F.B.I. Was Involved

NYT reporter seen on camera admitting his January 6 reporting was incorrect and that there were FBI informants amongst those who invaded the Capitol Building.

  • New York Times National Security Correspondent Matthew Rosenberg was caught on camera by Project Veritas saying the media coverage of Jan. 6 was an overaction.
  • The reporter said he and two of his colleagues at the Capitol Hill riots “were just having fun,” but they later claimed to have been “traumatized.”
  • Rosenberg also said that despite the coverage from the mainstream media, there wasn’t an organized effort at the protest.
  • This is in sharp juxtaposition to the recounting of events in Rosenberg’s article published by the Times on Jan. 6, 2022 about the attack, titled “The Next Big Lies: Jan 6 was No Big Deal, or A Left-Wing Plot.”
  • “There were a ton of FBI informants amongst the people who attacked the Capitol,” Rosenberg could be seen saying in the video posted by Project Veritas.
  • “It was like, me and two other colleagues who were there [January 6] outside and we were just having fun!I know I’m supposed to be traumatized, but like, all these colleagues who were in the [Capitol] building and are like ‘Oh my God it was so scary!’ I’m like, ‘f*ck off!’”
  • “I’m like come on, it’s not the kind place I can tell someone to man up but I kind of want to be like, ‘dude come on, you were not in any danger. These f*cking little dweebs who keep going on about their trauma. Shut the f*ck up. They’re f*cking b*tches,” he added.
  • “They were making too big a deal. They were making this an organized thing that it wasn’t.”
  • When asked if he would be likely to change his mind about his sentiments, Rosenberg said, “Will I stand by those comments? Absolutely.”
  • Footage of Rosenberg’s comments were gathered by Project Veritas who published the video on Tuesday, March 8, 2022, following a conversation Rosenberg had with an undercover reporter.
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