James O’Keefe, of Project Veritas fame, said during a recent radio interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News that he’s just hours from releasing a barrage of behind-the-scenes information on the mainstream media akin to the Julian Assange-style WikiLeaks documents dump that rocked the political world.
The “hundreds of hours” of newsroom footage is set for release Thursday. O’Keefe didn’t say what networks will be included in the release, but he did tell Hannity “it’s one that [President Donald] Trump has really been talking about.”
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As Zero Hedge noted, the exchange went something like this:
From O’Keefe: “In the next 48 hours, Project Veritas, like WikiLeaks, will be releasing hundreds of hours of tape from within the establishment media. Our next target is in fact the media.”
From Hannity: “How long have you been working on this?”
From O’Keefe: “We’ve had people on the inside come to us.
Just like Julian Assange has people come to him, we’ve had people, sources, come to us and give us information, and we’re going to be releasing it ‘WikiLeaks style’ this week.”
Hannity then asked for a hint about which media organizations would be impacted.
And O’Keefe’s response?
“It’s one that Trump has really been talking about, you can probably use your imagination,” he said, neither confirming nor denying when Hannity replied, “So, it’s CNN.”
The news of the footage dump comes as the media has been particularly vitriolic about Trump, oftentimes crossing from the side of unbiased journalism into the field of outright activism.
One MTV News reporter, for instance, visited with the hosts of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC to talk anti-Trump protests – during which she let slip she had actually participated in the protests.
Ana Marie Cox, senior political correspondent for MTV News, disputed the claim of anti-Trumpers being paid to protest by saying: “This is where we get into the problem about not agreeing on reality, right? If you have a group of people that really, truly seem to believe that these are paid protesters that are out there – I mean, I wonder, I haven’t gotten my check, yet. I don’t know if you sign up for benefits, or what.”
She then went on in a sarcastic tone, “The meetings are a mess, let me tell you that.”
But the takeaway is this: What did she mean by saying she hadn’t received her check, yet?
Meanwhile, on the same show during a different segment, host Mika Brzezinski let drop a somewhat startling admission of how she perceived her role in the media.
While speaking of Trump’s remarks to the American people about the need to remain skeptical of the media, Brzezinski said: “Well, I think that the dangerous, you know, edges here are that [Trump] is trying to undermine the media and trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that, that is our job.”
Fellow co-host Joe Scarborough then suggested Trump’s critical remarks about the media remind of despotic rulers of times gone by.
His words, as noted by Grabien News: “It’s when he says the media is the, quote, ‘enemy of the people,’ where he sounds like Mussolini or Lenin, which obviously causes concern that phrase right there makes him sound more like a dictator in training, when he sends Stephen Miller out and says, basically, the president has absolute power, he shall not be questioned.”