In the face of the latest undercover video from Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe, this one exposing bias at CNN against President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, Fox News host Tucker Carlson hit the rival network for its “never-ending shilling for the ruling class.”
While it would take less than five minutes of viewing at any time of the day to see this alleged bias, O’Keefe featured an “insider” at CNN, along with audio of what was described as an editorial meeting with president Jeff Zucker, which suggests this bias starts at the very top.
Carlson addressed the issue on Monday night’s show, noting that CNN was not always “nakedly partisan.”
“It used to be a news network — didn’t always function as it does now, as a political campaign,” he said, adding that this is a new development under Zucker.
The Fox News host then introduced a clip from the Project Veritas video, noting that while it has not been independently verified, he has “no reason to believe any of this is fake.”
“The recordings we are about to show you indicate Zucker is dictating every detail of CNN’s programming and doing so, with clearly partisan objectives in mind,” he said.
Carlson ran a clip of Zucker “telling his minions how to shape the coverage of Sen. Lindsey Graham himself,” as he characterized the footage.
Following that clip was footage of Zucker essentially telling CNN employees that the impeachment of President Trump is the only story that really matters.
“For a newsman, the distinct lack of clarity in those instructions,” Carlson said. “But the essence was clear enough. Don’t lose sight of what the biggest story is. And that is an order.”
A clip is then played of the CNN staffer saying Zucker wants impeachment “above all else.”
“And that’s exactly what they delivered day after day,” Carlson observed. “Despite the fact that there wasn’t really anything new to report, not really.”
A clip is played of Zucker talking about the “fake news conspiracy nonsense from Fox News.”
Another clip showing CNN Media Coordinator Nick Neville talking to the insider is then aired.
“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 9 a.m. call and the big boss, Jeff Zucker, f**king tells you what to do,” Neville said.
“And it’s like you have to like… to a certain extent, you have to follow his verdict,” he added.
Cutting back to Carlson, the Fox News host is seen smirking.
“We are laughing because how can you not laugh? It’s out there,” he said. “Like there is nothing hidden at this point. But it’s also poignant. Here you have a kid that works there who thinks his journalism and he looks around and sees people because there are good people at CNN… who are trying to commit journalism, but the big boss, Jeff Zucker, won’t allow it.”
“Integrity be damned!” Carlson said. “Just do what Jeff Zucker says, whether it’s true or not. That’s not journalism, that’s the definition of state media. Relentless cheerleading. Relentless never-ending shilling for the ruling class. America doesn’t love it, they don’t watch it.”
“But everyone in Washington loves Jeff Zucker. Not surprising.”
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