O'Keefe pulls the mask off CNN
Journalist James O'Keefe of Project Veritas has had a field day with CNN producers and reporters. O'Keefe's series, which can be viewed here, point to CNN being little more than an "American Pravda." While some may consider that harsh, consider this, from part three in his series:
When asked by an undercover journalist if CNN is impartial, Carr plainly responded, “In theory. ”
He then continued to talk about CNN’s views on President Trump:
“On the inside, we all recognize he is a clown that he is hilariously unqualified for this. He’s really bad at this and that he does not have America’s best interests. We recognize he’s just fucking crazy.”
He continues to attack Trump personally, instead of focusing on his policy:
“He’s not actually a Republican. He just adopted that because that was the party he thought he could win in. He doesn’t believe anything that these people believe. The man is on his third wife. I guaranteed you he’s paid for abortions. He doesn’t give a shit about abortion. He doesn’t care about gay marriage.”
He also attacked Kellyanne Conway, stating that she “looks like she got hit with a shovel.”
Carr echoed the sentiment of John Bonifield from the first American Pravda video–that the narrative comes from the top, and Russia is good for ratings:
“…it’s decisions made by people higher than me and if they go wow, your ratings are soaring right now. Keep up what you’re doing. Well, what we’re doing is Russia, ISIS, London terror, shooting in Chicago, that’s it.”
We understand a television news channel chasing the hot stories -- a continuation of the old "if it bleeds, it ledes" theory of journalism. And we also understand that journalists, like everyone else, have opinions about the stories and people they cover. To expect otherwise is wishful thinking.
However, the press has long lectured us that they go out of their way to be fair, and to report the truth. In CNN's case, it's increasingly clear they have abandoned that standard in the chase for ratings, and more troubling, for personal, emotional ends.
There are some solid reporters at CNN. Their work is undermined by their colleagues and higher-ups who are pushing a particularly nasty brand of yellow journalism. We hope they have the sense to either fight back, or if that is impossible, to get out, and find an outlet that still practices honest journalism.
That may be increasingly difficult, if not impossible, in the current environment. Until then, we will watch O'Keefe continue his work to uncover CNN's true, twisted self.