CNN’s President, Jeff Zucker, was caught on tape suggesting that President Trump was a “national security threat” for questioning if there were fraudulent ballots cast in the 2020 Presidental election.
The tape, recorded by Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe with help from an anonymous CNN insider, is the sixth in a series of explosive tapes that show CNN executives covering for Democrat Presidential nominee Joe Biden by hiding unfavorable stories from their viewers. Other tapes of CNN’s morning conference calls, released yesterday, show Zucker and other CNN executives attempting to hurt President Trump’s reelection chances by comparing Trump’s transition efforts to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, claiming Trump is “sick,” “erratic,” and “on steroids,” and saying that Fox News has a “white supremacy hour” and “naked racism.”
“Why doesn’t @CNN cover all the voter fraud stories out there?,” O’Keefe wrote on Twitter.
“Because they justify their non coverage based on opinion of ONE guy, Ben Ginsburg.”
The video begins with O’Keefe on camera saying, “Despite our own investigations into widespread voter fraud, CNN President Jeff Zucker still labels Trump as a bigger threat to our national security. Play the clip.”
“These Erie, Pennsylvania allegations of backdating ballots were retracted,” Virginia Mosley, VP of Newsgathering at CNN, says on the recorded phone call.
“Trump continuing to undermine election integrity with baseless claims of fraud. Okay? And he’s continuing to do it. And that leads to the question of whether or not Trump, in himself, is a national security threat in light of what he’s doing, and in the light of what he did in the debate,” Zucker says in the next recorded clip.
“Hey Jeff, it’s David,” David Vigilante, CNN Executive VP and General Counsel says in response to Zucker. “I just want to make one point about contextualizing Ben Ginsburg. He’s without a doubt, the preeminent election lawyer in the Republican side, and probably one of the most preeminent lawyers in America.”
Vigilante continues, “He’s also had a front row seat to every Republican election issue for the past four years. If he says voter fraud isn’t a thing, that’s kind of the end of the story. And we got to treat that as definitive answer, as we cover the story throughout. Our refrain ought to be, “Ben Ginsburg was across us for 40 years and says, “It doesn’t exist.”
Another tape released earlier today shows CNN President Jeff Zucker and other senior executives appearing to deliberately hide the Hunter Biden laptop story from viewers just a few weeks before the election. A second tape posted today online shows CNN executives saying that it’s “terrifying” that more Hispanics were turning out in Florida to vote for President Trump.
After CNN’s PR division claimed their legal experts though Project Veritas’ actions were “a felony” and that they “referred it to law enforcement,” O’Keefe appeared unafraid and undeterred in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s show last night. He hit back by saying that “we have legal experts at Project Veritas and we think Jeff Zucker is just very mad and embarrassed here for what we have exposed. We’ve won every single lawsuit at Project Veritas.”
O’Keefe stated on Twitter that the calls Project Veritas released today are just the tip of the iceberg, and has promised to release more internal CNN staff calls every day this month “like a December advent calendar.”
Yesterday morning, O’Keefe called into the morning CNN editorial conference call and confronted Zucker on the recorded phone calls.
“Hey Jeff Zucker, you there?” O’Keefe asked. “Hey, this is James O’Keefe, we’ve been listening to your CNN calls for basically two months and recording everything. Just wanted to ask you some questions if you have a minute. Do you still feel you’re the most trusted name in news, because I have to say, from what I’ve been hearing on these phone calls I don’t know about that. We got a lot of recordings that indicate you’re not really that independent of a journalist.”
Zucker, who sounded surprised by O’Keefe’s presence in CNN’s internal staff call, retorted, “Ok. Um. Thank you for uh, thank you for uh, your comments, um. So everybody in light of that, I think what we’ll do is we’ll, we’ll set up uh, a new system, and we’ll uh, we’ll be back with you. We’ll do the rest of the call uh, a little bit later.”
O’Keefe responded, “We’re going to release those recordings today at 7:00, so stay tuned, it’s gonna be fun.”
Zucker quickly added, “Thank you everybody, have a good day, buh-bye,” before hanging up the call.
In a response to O’Keefe’s livestream, CNN’s PR divison added that legal experts say Project Veritas’ actions may be a felony, and that they referred him to law enforcement for further investigation.