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James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas released hidden camera footage of several conversations with Nick Dudich, the audience strategy editor for NYT Video, as part of his “American Pravda” video series, which began with undercover recordings of CNN employees.

In the video, Dudich calls himself the “gatekeeper” for all the New York Times videos posted online, saying that his “imprint is on every video we do."

“Any video that goes on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram – I have a hand in that,” Dudich said.

When talking journalistic ethics, Dudich is captured sarcastically making air quotes while he said that he will “be objective”working for the Times before quickly admitting: "no I'm not. That's why I'm there.”

According to the New York Times ethical handbook, employees “must do nothing that might raise questions about their professional neutrality or that of The Times."

“As a journalist, I'm not able to give any money to any political organization. I’m not able to volunteer for any political organization. I'm not able to work or any nonprofit or charity. Like, there’s a lot of guidelines and ethics,” Dudich said.

However, before joining the Times, Dudich worked social media on the 2012 presidential campaign of former President Barack Obama and the 2016 presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

When asked how he was able to be politically active and still work as a journalist, Dudich said that he had to leave his job at ABC to take a job where he “wasn't deemed a journalist anymore” in order to work for the Clinton campaign.

Dudich said he made the sacrifice in order to work against Trump, who he said was a “threat.”

“I saw the threat and I was like, I want to do something,” Dudich said. “Trump was a threat and still is a threat, right?”

“Trump is a threat,” the interviewer interjects. “He’s a threat.”

“Oh, he’s a threat to everything,” Dudich added.

At one point, Dudich explains his idea to make Trump resign or leave office by going after his businesses and his “dumb f**k of a son, Donald Jr., and Eric.”

"Target that. Get people to boycott going to his hotels,” Dudich said. “If you can ruin the Trump brand and you put pressure on his business and you start investigating his business and you start shutting it down, or they're hacking or other things. He cares about his business more than he cares about being President. He would resign. Or he'd lash out and do something incredibly illegal, which he would have to."

For the second half of the video, Dudich talks about his personal relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, who he claimed was his godfather.

Dudich said he was worried about the conflict of interest and didn’t tell anyone at the Times about his relationship with Comey.

“Well the Comey hearing, I should have recused myself, but I’m not ever telling anybody there that I have a tie with that or else I don’t know if they can keep me on,” Dudich said.

“Staff members may not write about people to whom they are related by blood or marriage or with whom they have close personal relationships, or edit material about such people or make news judgments about them,” according to the New York Times ethical handbook.

Dudich indicated that he was aware of these rules, implying that he couldn't talk with Comey because he would risk losing his job.

Dudich also claimed to be affiliated with the violent leftist extremist group Antifa and said he punched Nazis.

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