During his announcement of the new series, James O’Keefe unmuted himself on the daily phone call to let the President of CNN Jeff Zucker know that the Veritas team has been listening and recording the conference calls for a period of two months.
During the phone call, O’Keefe said to Zucker, “Just wanted to ask you some questions if you have a minute. Do you still feel you are 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’ve got a lot of recordings that indicate you’re not really that independent of the journalists.”
Mr. Zucker responded by saying “K. Um. Thank you for your comments. So everybody, in light of that, I think what we’ll do is set up a new system and we’ll be back with you, we’ll do the rest of this call a little bit later. Thanks everybody, have a good day.”
Later in the evening of Dec. 1, Project Veritas released some of the recordings they have from the CNN daily calls.
In one of the calls, Special CNN Corespondent Jamie Gangel discussed the 2020 U.S. election and how CNN would be covering President Trump not conceding the election.
Gangel said in the recording, “news organizations have to be very careful and very responsible about not giving Trump too much of a platform on his noting conceding because they feel the transition can go forward.”
More details to come as this is a developing story.
A verified CNN Twitter account replied to the livestream from James O’Keefe threatening the journalist with a potential felony.