Project Veritas released tapes on Tuesday of CNN’s 9 a.m. rundown calls that they have secretly been recording for months.
These tapes expose CNN president Jeff Zucker and several other CNN executives expressing their extreme political biases against the president.
“This is yet another investigation Project Veritas has conducted into CNN, and once again they’ve demonstrated their partisan political agenda and total disconnect with journalistic ethics,” said Project Veritas founder and CEO James O’Keefe.
In one of the videos released on Tuesday evening, Zucker is heard agreeing with CNN field producer Stephanie Becker, in that they should talk about how, essentially, President Trump refusing to concede could lead to another 9/11. While discussing how to instill fear into their viewers, they talked about how they do not want to give too much attention to the fact that the president still has not conceded.
“On the issue of why it’s important to get the transition going right, the 9-11 report talks about one of the problems was that the trouble that was brewing that lost during the transition. So, if you want a good, concrete example of what happens when you don’t have a good transition, well, look at the Twin Towers,” Becker says.
Zucker agrees with Becker, saying “yeah, so, I think that’s an important point. I think it was just a little bit yesterday in terms of national security. I think it’s really important to raise again.”
“I would encourage folks to think about that 9/11 commission report and the lack of transition,” Zucker says.
The network also took aim at Tucker Carlson. During one of the calls, Marcus Mabry, CNN digital VP of global programming, says “I was just going to say, if you’re going to talk about the story, I think it’s unavoidable that you have to talk about the naked racism of Tucker Carlson. Because that’s really what drove this anti-diversity push, you know, Trump watches Tucker Carlson’s show and then reacts. And just as sort of the white supremacy hour they have on Fox News every night, I think it’s the — You can’t disconnect the two.”
O’Keefe called what he heard “outrageous and unprofessional behavior.”
“These statements made by high-up executives at CNN prove that they are simply not interested in being unbiased when reporting on the news,” O’Keefe said. “CNN likes to call themselves ‘the most trusted name in news,’ but how can the public ever trust a network that routinely bashes people simply because those people hold certain political views that are not aligned with the mainstream media?”
“Calling Tucker Carlson a racist and demanding CNN employees to attack Lindsey Graham is outrageous and unprofessional behavior,” O’Keefe added. “Project Veritas continues its investigations into mainstream media organizations and their role in influencing elections, especially as America’s future is becoming more uncertain and the public’s trust in media continues to decline.”
In the first video they released from the calls, Project Veritas revealed Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel detailed how CNN should cover up Trump’s contested election claims.
“We have to be, you know, news organizations have to be very careful and very responsible about not giving President Trump too much of a platform on his not conceding because they feel the transition can go forward,” Gangel said.