James O’Keefe, the self-styled “guerrilla journalist” known for using undercover recordings to expose media and political corruption, is back with another investigation by his group Project Veritas.
He made headlines again this week after releasing secret recordings of a CNN meeting in which network head Jeff Zucker guiding employees on how to treat the actions of President Donald Trump.
“Acting erratically and desperately”
The conference call reportedly occurred on Oct. 9, and its release has opened the cable news channel up to new allegations of anti-Trump bias.
“OK, I just want to re-emphasize that, you know, I think we cannot normalize what has happened here in the last week with Trump and his behavior,” Zucker can be heard telling staff members on one of the recordings from O’Keefe.
The CNN president went on to insist that the president “knows he’s losing” and “knows he’s in trouble,” speculating that he “is sick” and “maybe is on the after-effects of steroids.”
As NPR reported, steroids were among the treatments administered while the president recovered from a COVID-19 infection during his stay at Walter Reed Medical Center.
“I don’t know, but he is acting erratically and desperately, and we need to, we need to not normalize that,” Zucker added, advising his editorial team to “lean into that.”
“Confirms a lot of suspicions”
Subsequent recordings have led to speculation that Zucker sought to suppress coverage of evidence reportedly recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop.
“So, I don’t think that we should be repeating unsubstantiated smears just because the rightwing media suggests that we should,” the CNN president said.
When it came to going after one of Trump’s key allies in the U.S. Senate, however, Zucker declared: “There is a lot of news out there, and Lindsey Graham really deserves it.”
Fox News host Sean Hannity later invited O’Keefe onto his program to discuss what the latest release means for CNN and its claims of objective journalism.
“This is something that doesn’t shock people but confirms a lot of suspicions,” O’Keefe told Hannity. “To see the president of a media conglomerate barking orders and his reporters and journalists, telling them what to cover and what not to cover, that’s not anything resembling journalism I know.”