CNN’s Staff Were Caught on Tape and Now They’re Calling the Cops

By Ken Lund (Flickr: CNN Center, Atlanta, Georgia) [CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Renowned political pot-stirrer and undercover investigation extraordinaire James O’Keefe is back at it again.

This time the self-proclaimed “Guerilla Journalist” who runs the non-profit journalistic enterprise Project Veritas revealed he’s been sneaking onto CNN’s internal conference calls for nearly two months.

O’Keefe’s undercover work produced a few audio recordings of CNN’s most intimate staff discussions.

In one leaked tape CNN Special Correspondent Jamie Gangel was recorded saying “News organizations have to be very careful and very responsible about not giving Trump too much of a platform on his not conceding.”

Here’s the recording:

 

The audio O’Keefe leaked got more interesting from there.

In another audio recording leaked by O’Keefe, he alleges Vice President of Global Programming Marcus Mabry said the following about Fox News host Tucker Carlson:

“Yeah. 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 that I think it’s the…you can’t disconnect the two.”

CNN followed up O’Keefe’s claim by saying they incorrectly identified the man as Marcus Mabry and that it was actually CNN General Counsel David Vigilante. The network also said, “we’re certain you’ll want to correct the record and apologize to the Black executive for assuming he was the voice raising concerns over white supremacy.”

O’Keefe has since corrected the record.

Vigilante wasn’t the only CNN employee voicing concerns over its competitor’s influence on the President. The President of CNN Worldwide Jeff Zucker who hosts the conference calls said the following:

“What Donald Trump did last night, for anybody who watched Fox News, he was just airing all of the grievances he hears on Fox News every night and that’s all he did”

Here are the recordings as released by O’Keefe:

O’Keefe undercover sting of CNN ended with a grand finale.

He lived streamed his final call of the clandestine operation on CNN and interrupted the call with a question for Zucker:

“Hey Jeff Zucker, you there?”

“This is James O’Keefe. We’ve been listening to your CNN calls for basically two months recording everything.”

Just wanted to ask you some questions if you have a minute? Do you still feel you’re 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. We have a lot of recordings that indicate that you’re not really that independent of a journalist.”

Zucker, who was clearly caught off guard, responded “Umm…thank you for your comments. So, everybody in light of that we will set up a new system and we’ll be back with you. We’ll do the rest of the calls a little bit later.” [VIDEO]

O’Keefe then promised to release the recordings.

CNN is treating the sting as a criminal matter and is referring it to law enforcement, according to The Wrap:

CNN said it is involving “law enforcement” after James O’Keefe, the founder of the right-wing group Project Veritas, crashed a morning editorial call with CNN President Jeff Zucker and said Project Veritas would be releasing tapes from previously recorded phone calls.

“Legal experts say this may be a felony. We’ve referred it to law enforcement,” the CNN PR account tweeted on Tuesday in response to a video of the call O’Keefe posted on Twitter.

Donald Trump Jr. called CNN hypocrites because the network “had no problem aggressively running with secretly recorded tapes of the First Lady non-stop for weeks, but has a serious problem when someone does the exact thing to them.”

The fireworks are likely to continue in the O’Keefe-CNN saga and we are here for it.



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Gerald S Ladd
Gerald S Ladd
1 year ago

LOL….CNN, news for the stupid, and MSLST is news for the dumber still.

Leif Barbre Knudsen
Leif Barbre Knudsen
1 year ago

Socialist HATE it when they et a taste of their own medicine.
Hypocrites to the maximum, dishonest, hate mongers, liers and general crooks.

Susanna
Susanna
1 year ago

Got to High Five James O’Keefe. He’s brave and amazing. Look at CNN getting their panties in a wad after secret recordings are made public. As Don Jr. Stated, “No problem airing what Melania Trump said to her assistant, without her permission.” O’Keefe never signed a non-disclosure agreement with CNN. Someone from CNN let him in on the conference calls as a unknown guest. CNN crying and leaking buckets.

Timbuktu58
1 year ago

In bringing up the adverse impact of the lack of a smooth and thorough transition resulted in the downfall of the Twin Towers on 9/11.
The CAUSE OF IMPROPER AND INCOMPETE TRANSITION WAS PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON.
The NON-RECIPIENT OF PROPER INFORMATION WAS PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH.

THE DEMOCRATS PENCHANT FOR OBSTRUCTION AND RESISTANCE IS A WELL ESTABLISHED PARTY TRADITION.

THE SQUAD, WITH THE SUPPORT OF PELOSI, HAS JUST BROUGHT IT OUT INTHE OPEN.

Omega 2
1 year ago

INTERESTING ON HOW O’KEEFE GOT IN ON THE CNN CALL’S! BET ZUCKER HAD TO CHANGE HIS ” DEPENDS ” ON THIS CALL!

Gramma
Gramma
1 year ago

What irony! Those who have helped the defund the police movement are now sending this legal exposure to law enforcement?

Daisy
Daisy
1 year ago

So if you try and tell the truth and you do not agree with them you are racist. How long are people going to listen to their ridiculous rhetoric about racism? They have done nothing to help race relations. All they do is use race to divide us and use it to further their goal of a socialist/communist government.

Casey
Casey
1 year ago
Reply to  Daisy

Daisy, you are spot on. The best way for race relations to improve is for everyone to stop identifying the race of anyone who does anything.

Wedg
Wedg
1 year ago
Reply to  Casey

Am I a raciest?, I despise demonrats!

scot_belle
scot_belle
1 year ago

Deliciously, ironic, that the pro-“defund the police movement”
….are now sending this legal exposure to law enforcement?
Best laugh, I’ve had all year……..HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

Casey
Casey
1 year ago

Thank you James O’Keefe & Project Veritas. Anybody who doesn’t already know what a lying sleaze bag Jeff Zucker is, must be an ostrich. These people will never pull their head out of the sand. It is a total waste of time trying to communicate with them. It is like talking to a rock.

Clyde
Clyde
1 year ago

Didn’t Chris (Fredo) Cuomo once say when one speaks off the record it’s usually the truth. The Truth Hurts doesn’t Jeff Zuckerberg. We all should boycott this POS. Stop buying from Amazon

SissyB
SissyB
1 year ago
Reply to  Clyde

That’s Jeff Bezos who owns Amazon, and Mark Zuckerberg owns Facebook, friend. Jeff Zucker is a totally different animal.

Linda U
Linda U
1 year ago

Prosecute instead all the leakers to cnn from the White House, and the reporters they leaked to.

Jim McGrath
Jim McGrath
1 year ago

Why is James O’Keefe considered right wing for exposing the bias of CNN or in the past the brutal act of abortion slaughter houses that market butchered baby parts. for sale. Does one have to be a member of right wing to expose bias and corruption.

Floyd Hardee
1 year ago

To heck with conceding. I want to hear Trump thanking his supporters for hanging in there. And I want to hear him thank his lawyers, and the Supreme Court, for doing what is right. Then, I want him to authorize a full scale investigation into voter fraud, and those responsible for it, including the BEAST, the news media that lied and played political games illegally. Let them lose their 230 protection.!

mike smith
mike smith
1 year ago

we need more of this!!!

downing hitt
downing hitt
1 year ago

what do u expect from the sewer of news networks as they are right there with whale dung and don lemon (sp) and mr Q-tip are the master dung tenders

JP Halegan
JP Halegan
1 year ago

CNN interviewed me once in Beijing …. I hardly recognizedmyself.

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