Spitting-mad CNN threatens O’Keefe with felony charges over secret editorial call recordings

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James O’Keefe, the founder of the watchdog group Project Veritas, doesn’t appear to be even slightly intimidated by CNN’s saber-rattling legal threats.

After Project Veritas released undercover audio Tuesday of a CNN’s staffer conference featuring network CEO Jeff Zucker, CNN’s public relations department directly threatened him on Twitter, writing that he may have committed a “felony.”

Responding to the threat later that night on Fox News’ “Hannity,” O’Keefe rightly noted that Project Veritas has “won every single lawsuit” that’s ever been filed against it.

“And I know why they said … ‘legal experts say this may be a felony.’ We have legal experts at Project Veritas, and we think Jeff Zucker is just very mad and embarrassed here for what we have exposed,” he unflinchingly declared.

Look at CNN’s threat below:

Host Sean Hannity responded by asking O’Keefe whether CNN — which has been described as “Democrat state media” because of its unmistakable bias — is even a legitimate “news organization.”

“No, Sean,” the Project Veritas founder pithily replied.

“This is something that doesn’t shock people but confirms a lot of suspicions. To see the president of a media conglomerate barking orders at his reporters and journalists, telling them what to cover, what not to cover — that’s not anything resembling journalism I know,” he continued, referencing the audio findings.

“I run an organization with a few dozen reporters. They come to me with facts. They’re not — I’m not — they’re not yessing me, in fact, they are challenging me. And what Jeff Zucker is doing on these phone calls is telling people what the story is, telling them what not to cover. This is — this is propaganda.”

Listen to his remarks below:

Released earlier that day, the audio footage “showed” CNN’s top staff, including Zucker, purposefully crafting narratives based on political ideology, not facts.

In one clip recorded around the time that President Donald Trump was recovering from the coronavirus, Zucker himself ordered his so-called “journalists” to not “normalize” the president’s supposed “erratic” behavior.

In another clip, Zucker argued that the network’s “journalists” need to “go well after” Sen. Lindsey Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, because Graham “really deserves it.”

In yet another clip, CNN’s field producer Stephanie Becker broached the insane idea of drawing a connection between the president’s legal decision to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election and the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Worse, Zucker approved of the idea.

“The 9/11 report talks about one of the problems was that the trouble that was brewing got lost during the transition. So if you want a concrete example of what happens when you don’t have a good transition, but look at the Twin Towers,” Becker said.

“Yeah. So, I think that’s an important point. I think it was just a little bit yesterday in terms of national security. I think it’s really important to raise again,” Zucker replies.

Listen to these clips below:

There’s also a clip of CNN’s general counsel David Vigilante labeling Fox News host Tucker Carlson “racist” for the crime of pushing back on the racist, divisive, and dangerous ideology known as critical race theory. It was this pushback that provoked the president into ending the government’s own critical race-theory lectures.

“Yeah, I was just going to say, if you’re going to talk about the story, I think it’s unavoidable that you have to talk about the naked racism of Tucker Carlson,” Vigilante said.

“Because that’s really what drove this anti-diversity push, you know, Trump watches Tucker Carlson’s show and then reacts. And just as sort of the white supremacy hour they have on Fox News every night, I think it’s the — You can’t disconnect the two.”


Note that in the tweet above, O’Keefe accidentally misidentified Vigilante as CNN’s vice president of global programming, Marcus Mabry.

Continuing his remarks on Hannity, O’Keefe accused CNN of “manufacturing consent.”

“You can actually hear the president of the company instruct his vice president, instruct his reporters what the narrative ought to be,” he said.

“This is the farthest thing from journalism that I know. And I think that CNN owes an apology to the people. I mean, this is — this is disgraceful. And this is the first time we’ve actually seen it, we can actually hear it.”

True, though the network’s very dubious brand of “journalism” has long contributed to suspicions that it’s nothing but an arm of the Democrat Party.

As Hannity noted immediately afterward, CNN “looks like an in-kind donation to everything Biden. It looks like they have picked a side. They picked Joe Biden’s side.”


According to O’Keefe, Project Veritas has been recording CNN’s staff meetings for weeks, and many more audiotapes have yet to be released.

“We’re going to be releasing tapes every day, and we have more tapes tonight, tomorrow. And it’s going to be, you know — this is a brave whistle-blower insider who came to us with this information, Sean. And we encourage more people inside media enterprises to blow the whistle on the corruption inside big media,” he said.

Sadly, CNN doesn’t like whistleblowers — except for when the whistleblowers have allegations about the president to share.


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