Jesse Watters calls CNN undercover staffer a ‘rat’ in surprising criticism of sting operation

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Fox News host Jesse Watters would not give any credit to the CNN staffer who outed network employees in secret tapes exposing bias.

Watters slammed the “rat” who collected undercover video of CNN staff talking about various political issues in an attempt to show the network’s bias against President Trump.

(Video: Fox News)

“I’m not blown away by the content of it,” Watters said on “The Five” Wednesday, referring to videos released by Project Veritas.

“I think the president of CNN saying that we have to follow impeachment, we have to follow impeachment hard, is not breaking news,” Watters added, reacting to former CNN employee Cary Poarch’s secretly recorded video of the network’s president Jeff Zucker directing staff to focus on impeachment news.

Release of the video and Zucker’s remarks prompted Trump to suggest filing a lawsuit against CNN.

“I don’t care about the MSNBC event, OK? I don’t care about them,” Zucker was heard in the recording. “Let’s just stay very focused on impeachment. We shouldn’t just pretend, oh, this is going one way. And so all of these moves are toward impeachment.”

Watters argued that comments made in the videos by Zucker in his company-wide editorial calls and those of “low-level players” are not actually exposing anything new.

“Or he said Fox News is destructive — he said that out in the open many, many times,” Watters said. “The people that they did get access to seemed to me like kind of low-level players without any editorial power.”

Multiple videos filmed by Poarch were released by James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas and included media coordinator Nick Neville calling out CNN host Don Lemon as “blatantly anti-Trump. He’s blatantly left.”

In videos released Tuesday, CNN’s senior justice correspondent Evan Perez was heard talking about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings. CNN’s Media Coordinator Christian Sierra was seen in one video, ahead of CNN’s hosting of Tuesday’s Democratic Presidential Primary Debate, exposing how the network picks its favorites among the 2020 hopefuls.

“CNN says it’s a non-biased, down the middle, straight news organization, even in prime time, when they’re clearly not,” Watters continued his assessment of the undercover videos.

“But other than that, I think the guy’s kind of a rat. More of a disgruntled employee. He’s not a whistleblower, because nothing out there on the tape was illegal. And I think he’ll never get hired, ever, ever again,” he added.

“This is one or two videos that have come out, we’re expecting a third,” he said, panning the release of any more videos.  “I’m anticipating something more. I’m excited. Great journalist and a brave guy looking for truth. But at this point I’m still waiting for bigger, more explosive things.”

Co-host Juan Williams agreed with Watters, dismissing the Zucker video as showing “no bias.”

“If you wiretapped any of our morning editorial calls, I think you would hear stuff and say is that a bias? Is it not a bias?” Williams said.

“There’s no bias in the boss saying to you impeachment and Trump are the biggest story in American politics right now,” he added. “I am with Jesse on this. I don’t see that there’s anything newsy in this or even evidence of bias, in saying hey reporters, don’t lose sight of the big story because that’s what the audience wants to hear about.”

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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