Wednesday, December 2, 2020

CNN Threatens Legal Action After Audio Sting

CNN has reported Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe to police over his latest undercover investigation in which he secretly recorded network president Jeff Zucker's morning conference calls 'for months,' reports The Daily Mail.  

O'Keefe, 36, on Tuesday announced he was releasing audio recordings of several network meetings which he claims will 'expose' Zucker and other CNN executives expressing their 'political biases'. 

The calls O'Keefe had been listening to over two months are the network's daily 9am editorial meeting with senior staff from CNN's main bureaus, which is run by Zucker. 

The move by Project Veritas is the latest sting operation orchestrated against the news station by the conservative operative who has long-targeted CNN over claims of liberal and anti-Trump bias.  

O'Keefe teased the exposé on Twitter by sharing a livestreamed video of the moment he ambushed Zucker during a phone call telling him he was planning to make the footage of his rundowns public.  

'Mr Zucker, are you there? Hey, this is James O'Keefe. We've been listening to your CNN calls for basically two months, and recording everything. I just wanted to ask you some questions if you have a minute,' he began. 

'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 you're not really that independent as a journalist.'

After a few seconds of silence, Zucker replies: 'Uh..thank you for your comments', before quickly scrambling to cut the discussion short.

The video quickly drew thousands of responses including one from CNN's Communication division which accused O'Keefe of breaking the law.  

'Legal experts say this may be a felony. We've referred it to law enforcement,' the network said. 

O'Keefe however shrugged off the threat in a tweet mocking the network saying: 'Our legal experts say Jeff Zucker is just mad and embarrassed.' 

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