Well, it looks like Project Veritas has done it again, much to the chagrin of the establishment media. In a recent video, the undercover journalistic outlet confirmed what anyone who isn’t on the hard left already knows: CNN has been afflicted for a while with Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). Even worse, this not-so-uncommon mental illness has infected its news coverage of the Trump administration.
Yes, publishing a video such as this is akin to arguing that water is wet or that Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is not a Thracian gladiator. But it is important nonetheless, as it makes it more difficult for networks like CNN to claim they are objective reporters.
Project Veritas Exposes CNN
Project Veritas, headed by journalist James O’Keefe, just released undercover footage of various CNN employees admitting that the news outlet is biased against President Trump and the Republican Party. But even more interesting, Project Veritas managed to obtain audio recordings of Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, exhibiting an intense dislike of the president.
The information came from an insider at CNN who approached Project Veritas to expose the behind-the-scenes workings of the outlet. Cary Poarch, who works at CNN’s DC branch, said that he “decided to wear a hidden camera … to expose the bias running rampant” at the news company. For months, Poarch recorded footage of various employees, including media coordinators and high-profile executives. In describing the overall thrust of CNN’s current reportage, Zucker put it succinctly: “Impeachment is the story.”
Poarch obtained the audio of Zucker when he began recording the company’s daily meetings. In one gathering, the network head said:
“I want to stay with this, our top, top – our own reporters, our own political analysts, the top, the top [unintelligible] we have. Okay, so make sure we’re doing that. All these moves are moves towards impeachment. So, don’t – don’t lose sight of what the biggest story is.”
Zucker also had some harsh words for Republicans and even Fox News. “I think what’s going on in America now is really fundamentally result of years of fake news, conspiracy nonsense from Fox news that has taken root in this country,” he said. “The fake conspiracy nonsense that Fox has spread for years is now deeply embedded in American society and at the highest levels of the Republican elected officials as we’ve seen … and frankly that is beyond destructive for America.”
Nick Neville, a CNN media coordinator, also spilled the beans. He told the insider: “Like, there are a lot of people who are out here trying to play like, just do what they think is the best journalistic integrity. Then you get on the 9am call and big boss, Jeff Zucker, f**king tells you what to do.”
Neville also said that Zucker “has a personal vendetta against Trump. Your own biases are gonna be there.”
Christian Sierra, another media coordinator, revealed, while describing the mood inside CNN after Trump’s election victory, how the network’s more prominent anchors view the president: “Cooper hates him … Don Lemon hates him … Cuomo doesn’t like him … and Tapper doesn’t like him either.”
Will This Matter?
As stated previously, there is nothing surprising in this video, although you must admit, it is rather satisfying to see CNN’s bias exposed. But in the end, one must ask: Will any of this matter? The answer is: It depends. Americans on the right already know that CNN and other legacy news outlets are biased against Republicans. It’s been a massive point of contention with conservatives.
But what about the left? Will these revelations have any impact? Not likely. Believe it or not, many leftists know that the media are biased against the right, but this does not seem to propel them to seek unbiased news sources.
So are such undercover operations worth it? Sure. For individuals who fall in the middle of the political spectrum or are not particularly political, these revelations might mean something. While some may have seen how the media establishment routinely criticizes Republicans and goes soft on Democrats, many are not aware of the extent to which this bias pervades everyday news coverage. More than that, they do not understand that these outlets are deliberately attempting to push a left-wing agenda. Perhaps at least some will react negatively against the leftist media, especially when they realize how blatantly the establishment media wish to propagandize and influence, rather than inform, their audience.