The world has been anxiously waiting for the release of the undercover audio recordings of employees at CNN, this was fueled by the hype with which Project Veritas founder and the conservative activist O’Keefe have been anxiously announcing what they termed as hundreds of hours of undercover recordings.
The announcement was not good news to everyone especially for some staffers who were legitimately alarmed that O’Keefe would be releasing tapes that could expose CNN. This was based on O’Keefe’s reputation with undercover video recordings. O’Keefe was featured on The Drudge Report and the Sean Hannity’s radio show before releasing the tapes.
The Thursday release landed with a dull thud. However, not all the hours of tapes have been made available for review, there’s also a huge probability of damning recordings being unveiled.
The Project Veritas’ news release on the tapes highlights a segment in which two producers are talking about the use of certain polls and why then-CNN polling director Paul Steinhauser declined to use a poll by Rasmussen, a group whose polling methods are still not widely acceptable. There’s also another highlight of an assignment desk editor who says that Fox News is unbearable and a news desk editor talking about how there’s no debate about climate change.
The unusual highlighting of a well-known quote that the role of journalism is to aid the afflicted and afflict the comfortable got the most attention on social media. However, Project Veritas portrayed the situation as Richard Griffiths was caught expounding on the role of journalist. Richard Griffiths, who is currently the vice president and senior editorial director said that there’s a secondary corollary to the role of a journalist which is to aid the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
Shockingly, O’Keefe suggested in a video that CNN is working day and night to afflict President Donald Trump. The 1960 film, Inherit The Wind unveiled the phrase comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, although it’s sometimes attributed to H.L. Mencken.
O’Keefe has emphasized that he is not yet done and he’s therefore calling on volunteers to comb through the 119 hours of raw tape, adding that he’s offering $10,000 reward on content that exposes media malfeasance.