Project Veritas Starts Dropping Massive CNN Exposé Claiming to Uncover ‘Anti-Trump CRUSADE’
Project Veritas has dropped what it claims is a bombshell expose on CNN, including secret recordings of staff at editorial meetings which reveal an “anti-Trump crusade” and "bias” at the highest levels.
In the first clip uploaded by PV, a person who is allegedly CNN President Jeff Zucker tells a staff meeting that he wants them to "stay very focused" on President Donald Trump's possible impeachment.
The video also shows Nick Neville, a media coordinator at CNN saying that Zucker has a "personal vendetta" against Trump.
In the hours before the release, PV released a clip of Zucker talking about the forthcoming leaks on the 9AM morning call, confirming that their source is still "on the inside."
The whistleblower turned out to be Cary Poarch, a satellite uplink technician and contractor at CNN Washington DC bureau whose identity was unknown until now. Poarch said he began to record staff meetings at the network because he “didn’t see any other option.” He decided to wear a hidden camera “to expose the bias.”
The conservative watchdog group had forewarned of the leaks days ago, counting down with teasers and snippets posted on social media.
O’Keefe had stressed that the whistleblower is not one of PV’s undercover reporters, but one of Zucker’s own employees. In the clip, Poarch says his role at CNN was a "dream job" that turned into a “nightmare.”
In one recording, Zucker says he knows “a lot of people” at CNN are friendly with Republican senator Lindsey Graham, but warns that it's “time to knock that off” and “time to call him out.” Zucker blames “years of fake news” and “conspiracy nonsense” from Fox News for the climate of division in the US. Poarch says the description sounded awfully like what CNN itself was doing.
He was calling Fox News ‘fake news’ and a ‘propaganda machine’ and with what I saw, I’m like... that’s pretty much what CNN was. It’s just pumping out propaganda.
Poarch said soon after he began the job at CNN, he noticed a “strong groupthink that permeated the halls” where everyone was “on board” the anti-Trump train and that other important stories get sidelined by Zucker in favor of more negative Trump coverage.
The expose appears to confirm that it's not just one or two CNN employees who are growing tired of the constant focus on Trump, either.
“I hate everything, how everything is like all Trump all the time now. Everyone at my job, everyone at the network complains about it,” says Christian Sierra, another CNN media coordinator.
They hate covering Trump every day.
Sierra goes on to admit that CNN’s interviews with Democrat are “like softballs” and that they are “tougher on Republicans.”
“It was like we were at a funeral — people were like, in shock. I wouldn’t say they were in mourning, I would say people were in shock,” floor manager Mike Brevna says of the atmosphere at CNN the day Trump won the 2016 election.
Project Veritas has become notorious for its exposes of liberal organizations.
In August, the conservative group revealed that Google had created a politically biased "blacklist" of undesirable websites based on a "fringe ranking" system. It has also previously recorded Twitter employees admitting that the company “shadowbans” users with right-wing political views.