UPDATE: In another release Wednesday, Project Veritas posted what it said were the internal deliberations of CNN executives discussing their decision to bury coverage of the Hunter Biden laptop scandal.
Several leftist outlets, including NPR, as well as social-media publishers Twitter and Facebook, have drawn considerable criticism for their efforts to censor the bombshell reports.
The release also includes tapes of executives claiming President Donald Trump constituted a bigger national security threat than vote fraud, as well as a senior vice president at the network making disparaging remarks about Cuban–American Trump supporters.
“The only reason [Cubans in Miami] are supporting Trump is because of that [Biden is socialist] narrative—and that narrative, and the fact that sadly, I have to say, there’s a population that’s very attracted to bullies,” said CNN Senior VP Cynthia Hudson.
“No one is countering it properly in Florida, the Cubans are going to vote for Trump and that’s terrifying,” she said.
Original story below:
CNN threatened to involve law enforcement after journalist James O’Keefe announced he would release a recording of the network’s internal editorial conference call.
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) December 1, 2020
O’Keefe posted a preview of the upcoming release, which features an editorial call between CNN President Jeff Zucker and his network’s senior leadership.
“We’ve been listening to your CNN calls for basically two months and recording everything,” O’Keefe tells Zucker during one of the meetings.
“Just wanted to ask you some questions, if you have a minute. Do you still feel you are the most trusted name in news? Because I have to say from what I’ve been hearing on these phone calls, I don’t know about that. I mean, we’ve got a lot of recordings that indicate you’re not really that independent of a journalist.”
Shortly thereafter, CNN’s public relations account on Twitter replied, “Legal experts say this may be a felony. We’ve referred it to law enforcement.”
Legal experts say this may be a felony. We‘ve referred it to law enforcement.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 1, 2020
In one of the audio recordings released by O’Keefe, a CNN executive complains about the “naked racism” of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. O’Keefe identified the executive as CNN’s Vice President of Global Programming Marcus Mabry, but CNN said in a statement that the executive was actually the network’s general counsel, David Vigilante.
“I think it’s unavoidable that you have to talk about the naked racism of Tucker Carlson…Sort of the “White Supremacy Hour” they have on Fox News every night…” the executive is heard saying.
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) December 2, 2020