Project Veritas Releases Two More Videos Exposing CNN’s Bias

By Rachel Alexander Published on October 23, 2019

CNN’s president Jeff Zucker goes into the control room while Jake Tapper is interviewing Kellyanne Conway, one of Donald Trump’s closest advisers. He orders Tapper: “Keep going, keep going, keep going!” He orders the executive producer to skip commercials. That extends the planned 7-minute interview to 25 minutes. “Just ******* nail her!” he says.

That insider’s report comes from CNN Media Coordinator Christian Sierra, talking to Project Veritas. 

The undercover documentary filmmaker continues to release more videos exposing CNN’s bias against Trump and conservatives. I covered the first video here. While clearly biased against conservatives and Trump, the network also picks and chooses winners and losers among the Democratic presidential candidates as well.

Much of the undercover video coverage features 9 a.m. meetings at CNN, run by its president, Jeff Zucker. They were recorded by CNN employee Cary Poarch.

All About the Ratings

Sierra claims the network is biased against the lesser Democratic presidential candidates. Asked who he thought CNN was unfair towards, he responded, “I think probably Yang and Klobuchar. One of the lesser ones. Just cause they’re going to talk about Biden more Warren and Sanders. They’re not going to mention others. They want to cover the people who are on the top. They don’t want to cover the bottom.”

Sierra told Project Veritas the network is biased against the lesser Democratic presidential candidates.

At one meeting Zucker asks CNN vice president and political director David Chalian if Andrew Yang is a viable presidential candidate. “David, are we taking Andrew Yang seriously enough?” Chalian responds, “Yeah, I mean, I think we — I don’t know why we wouldn’t take him — you know, most of these candidates seriously. We should definitely be looking at why Andrew Yang is resonating. Do I think he’s a likely nominee? No, I don’t.”

Zucker wants a Democrat for president, Sierra says. He thinks CNN generally prefers Warren. Zucker appears to like Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden. For example, Zucker admitted that Kamala Harris’s call for Twitter to suspend Trump’s Twitter account wasn’t likely to go anywhere, but still called for a segment discussing it. “They don’t like Tulsi. They don’t like Tulsi Gabbard. Because she supports Assad and she’s not taking a conventional route when it comes to one policy, stuff like that.”

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But they decide their coverage even of their favorites by the ratings. CNN Media Coordinator Nick Neville is heard explaining why Biden’s full campaign rally isn’t broadcast in its entirety. It’s all about the ratings. “They probably think it’s boring. People would change, people would change the channel,” he said.

However, senior justice correspondent Evan Perez was caught on video warning against Biden. “Now I’ll tell you this. Joe Biden has a problem. Because his son was trading in his name. It looks bad. It smells bad. It’s not illegal. Nothing is illegal about it. How do you go and say that Donald Trump is the person? Get him out of here, and convict him, when your son is doing the same ****.”

Employees Can’t Stand the Network

In the third video released by Project Veritas, CNN’s manager of field operations is caught denouncing the network. “I hate seeing what we were and what we could be and what we’ve become,” said Patrick Davis. “It’s just awful. I mean, we could be so much better than what we are. And the buck stops with him [Zucker]. I haven’t listened to a 9 a.m. call in about 15 years. I just stopped. Just, I can’t listen to it. It’s all ******. It’s all just a bunch of *******. And I wish that wasn’t the case.”

Several CNN employees complained about the excessive Trump coverage. Scott Garber, Senior Field Engineer at CNN said, “We used to cover news. We used to go out and do stories. But Trump is more important.” Adia Jacobs, CNN technical operations supervisor, echoed this. “When Zucker took over it wasn’t until Trump that we ended up being all Trump all the time.”

The only way this will go away is when he [Trump] dies. Hopefully soon.”

Nick Neville said, “He [Zucker] basically said **** all the other stories.” CNN’s floor manager Mike Brevna observed, It’s the Trump Network, dog. It’s like everything is all Trump, they not even thinking about anybody else. They sold themselves to the devil.”

Some of the comments were downright hateful. CNN field production supervisor Gerald Sisnette said, “This is a story that’s not gonna go away. The only way this will go away is when he [Trump] dies. Hopefully soon.”

‘Infotainment’

Chalian says CNN is not middle-of-the-road. He says it’s become infotainment.

For example, Zucker gave advice on pushing stories about impeachment. “So, my point here is, I know there’s 7,000 impeachment stories that — Look, I am the one that’s saying we should just stay on impeachment. But, he said, referring to Trump’s calling for moats with snakes and shooting immigrants in the legs, “when a story of this magnitude comes up and you can objectively say, ‘You’re out of your mind,’ you should do it and say ‘You’re out of your mind.'”

Poarch said he came to CNN as a registered Democrat, and supported Bernie Sanders for president in 2016. Unfortunately, “All that I thought I knew and hoped to be at CNN was false.” He went on, “It’s an unwritten rule that if you are center, center right, or heaven forbid, full right Republican Trump supporter, then you are not welcome at CNN.”

President Trump has threatened to sue CNN over the bias against him. An attorney for Trump’s reelection campaign sent CNN a letter on Friday detailing the allegations. The letter claims that CNN misrepresented itself as an objective news source, to its viewers and its advertisers. It also accused the network of violating a journalistic code of ethics. It warned CNN that Trump and his campaign would be suing to get “a substantial payment of damages, as well as all other appropriate measures that are necessary to fully address the magnitude of the situation.”

 

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