Undercover at CNN: “I Hate Seeing What We’ve Become.”
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has just released a new spate of undercover videos showing how CNN employees and leaders are fully aware of their network’s current mission statement: To bring down the sitting President of the United States. At turns embarrassed and simply honest about the state of the cable news channel, employees told an insider that there was no longer any internal denial about CNN’s objectivity…or lack thereof.
“I hate seeing what we were and what we could be and what we’ve become,” lamented CNN field operations manager Patrick Davis in one video. “It’s just awful.”
Davis went on to tell PV’s insider that while journalists were taught in school that objectivity was the name of the game in this business, that doesn’t jibe with CNN’s current model.
“Doing just regular day-in, day-out telling the news,” he said, “you’re not going to compete with Fox or MSNBC. Because even though we’re totally left-leaning … we don’t want to admit it.”
Well, we’re not sure that CNN is really competing with Fox or even MSNBC right now, but we’re sure that Davis has a point. On the other hand, when the ratings boost from the Trump presidency fades and we “go back to normal,” what does a network like CNN do? Of course, they won’t be alone in trying to answer that question. Formerly-respected newspapers like The New York Times and the Washington Post will also have to reckon with the consequences of ripping their masks off.
In another video, a CNN editor noted that when a new book came out alleging that Trump “had often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate,” CNN president Jeff Zucker was all over it.
Despite the president calling the report “fake news,” Zucker wanted his network representatives to push the narrative has hard as they could.
“I know there’s 7,000 impeachment stories, and I’m the one that’s saying we should just stay on impeachment,” Zucker reportedly told the editor, “but when a story of this magnitude comes up and you can objectively say, Trump, you’re out of your mind, you should do it and say, ‘you’re out of your mind.’”
In other words, any story that paints Trump as a psycho or an imbecile – no matter how poorly vetted or plainly absurd – should go immediately to the airwaves. This is the mentality that has driven CNN since the election, and it shows in the number of stories the network has botched.
One of CNN’s field production supervisors confirmed that CNN’s focus on Trump would persist for the foreseeable future.
“This is a story that’s not going to go away,” said Gerald Sisnette. “The only way this will go away is when [Trump] dies. Hopefully soon.”
There you have it. A network that has aligned itself with the left, reports patently fake news, and pines away for the death of the American president. This is CNN.