A tweet from the official Netflix account announcing the addition of an Oscar-winning movie also doubles as subtle political commentary.

The 2015 film “Spotlight,” which stars actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, is about the team of Boston Globe journalists who uncovered sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The movie shows how dogged reporting brought down Cardinal Law — the archbishop of the Boston diocese — by proving he covered up an epidemic of sexual assault by priests.

In a Tuesday afternoon tweet, Netflix alerted its followers that Spotlight was streaming, and made a reference to “the power of due diligence when reporting a major news story.”

This was seen by many as a reference to Monday’s revelation that Jaime Phillips, an undercover conservative operative with the group Project Veritas, tried and failed to get the Washington Post to report on a fraudulent allegation about Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore. Post reporters remarked about how the supposed accuser’s story didn’t add up, and how she seemed to be hiding a recording device in her purse.

To her additional embarrassment, Phillips’ GoFundMe she had started to move to New York City in an effort to embarrass mainstream media outlets was still up at the time she met with Post reporters in the failed sting operation. The Post pointed out that Project Veritas — headed by James O’Keefe, who pleaded guilty in 2010 to breaking into a U.S. Senator’s office and tampering with her phones — attempted to cast doubt on the paper’s legitimacy by planting a false story, but instead proved the Post‘s careful due diligence in pursuing leads.

Phillips was also seen entering the Westchester County offices of Project Veritas following her initial interview with the Washington Post, further confirming that she was not who she claimed to be.


Jordan Shaw is a New Jersey-based freelancer specializing in national and state government issues. When he’s not writing, you can find him volunteering in Camden, New Jersey, or hiking the Wissahickon Valley Park.

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