Audiotapes of CNN conference calls show how network chief Jeff Zucker surreptitiously directed the cable news channel’s coverage to marginalize President Trump’s closing argument for re-election.
The recordings are the first in a series of planned leaks from Project Veritas. Last night’s deposit included a clip of Zucker imploring his staff to “lean in” to cover the president’s “erratic” behavior following his hospitalization for Covid-19.
BREAKING: @CNN President BLASTS Trump & Republicans on 9am Call with Senior Leadership
‘He(@realDonaldTrump) is acting erratically…I think we need to lean into that…’
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) December 2, 2020
Per Fox News:
In another conference call a week later, Oct. 16, Zucker appears to allude to the Hunter Biden email scandal that the New York Post broke just two days prior — as well as the unmasking controversy involving top Obama administration officials, including now-President-elect Biden, requesting the identity of former Trump national security adviser Gen. Michael Flynn during the transition, both stories Zucker suggested the network shouldn’t cover.
“The Trump media, you know, moves immediately from — OK, well, never mind — the unmasking was, you know, found to be completely nonsensical to the latest alleged scandal and expects everybody to just follow suit,” Zucker told his staff. “So, I don’t think that we should be repeating unsubstantiated smears just because the rightwing media suggests that we should.”
The tapes paint a troubling picture of a television executive determined to exert his influence over persuadable voters.
Newsbusters reports how empirical data from the Media Research Center suggests Zucker’s insurgent campaign decisively shifted the election in Biden’s favor.
To measure the true effect of the media’s censorship on the election, the Media Research Center asked The Polling Company to survey 1,750 Biden voters in seven swing states (Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin), six of which (all but North Carolina) were called for Biden (survey details below). We tested these voters’ knowledge of eight news stories — all important topics that our ongoing analysis had shown the liberal news media had failed to cover properly. We found that a huge majority (82%) of Biden voters were unaware of at least one of these key items, with five percent saying they were unaware of all eight of the issues we tested.
Putting It All Together: Looking at all eight of these issues together, our poll found that a total of 17% of Biden’s voters told us they would have changed their vote if they had been aware of one or more of these important stories. This would have moved every one of the swing states into Trump’s column, some by a huge margin. The President would have trounced Biden in the electoral college, 311 to 227.
The findings by MRC bolster O’Keefe’s claims that the mainstream media works behind-the-scenes to control the political narrative, leaving voters to sift through false and distorted information.