The last time I talked to James O’Keefe was at CPAC 2017 I did a walking interview with him about his latest undercover video concerning CNN which he labeled #cnnleaks
His reporting of insider video at CNN that you can find here and here followed the usual path of a Project Veritas leak, bloggers like myself reported on what was going on and the MSM completely downplayed it as “totally overrated” video by an activist guilty of “selective editing“. This piece at Politico was typical:
For a few days, Project Veritas founder and conservative activist James O’Keefe has been hyping the release of what he said were hundreds of hours of undercover audio recordings of employees at CNN.
Some staffers at CNN were legitimately alarmed that O’Keefe would be releasing tapes that could be embarrassing for the network. O’Keefe is known for his undercover video recordings, though questions over deceptive editing and concerns about the questionable tactics used to obtain those recordings have plagued some of his prior work. Before releasing the tapes Thursday, O’Keefe was featured on The Drudge Report and on Sean Hannity’s radio show, where he previewed their release.
Instead, what O’Keefe released on Thursday landed with a dull thud in the media world.
This was and has been the united narrative of the MSM concerning all of O’Keefe’s and Project Veritas’ undercover releases for the last couple of years, and this narrative exists for three critical purposes:
- To discourage any member of the MSM, local or national to play the actual videos on airM
To Keep the narrative about O’Keefe as an “unreliable” source so to discourage an member of the MSM, local or national, from bothering to view said “unreliable” reporting off air.
To make sure that no member of the general news consuming public that isn’t already inclined to follow or believe O’Keefe sees and/or believes what O’Keefe reports
That final item being the end result that they were shooting for.
This has been a pretty effective tactic, for example during the election campaign when O’Keefe’s reporters managed to catch Democrat operatives creating astroturf and bragging about it the MSM was able to keep it out of the “mainstream” long enough for the party to go into Damage Control mode and allow the MSM to portray it as a non issue. Similarly, while his reporting from inside groups planning to violently disrupt the inauguration was used by the secret service and led to significant arrests and disruption of planned Anti-Trump violence, the MSM was able to keep it out of the news until people were actually charged and even that got little or no coverage.
So when James O’Keefe released his latest undercover video
showing a CNN producer admitting that the whole Trump/Russia I’m sure they expected to do what has always worked for them in the past resulting in the story breaking and being commented on in conservative media while leaving the rest of the country and indeed the world at best completely ignorant of his reporting or at worst writing the odd story about how insignificant it is.
Alas for the media in general and CNN in particular there is a new wild card in play, and that card is President Donald Trump and his twitter account
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017
When Donald Trump tweets something like this
Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017
O’Keefe’s video coming right on the heels of those last two Trump tweets already have a leg up because they meet the narrative that President Trump is advancing. What do you suppose will happen when the president decides to tweet out the video itself?
Suddenly the whole bury/discredit plan goes out the window.
Now it’s possible that the president might not tweet commenting on the O’Keefe video as of this writing 2:51 EST on Tuesday he has not, but given its potential to damage and discredit a political enemy the odds of that are very slim, but even if he doesn’t thanks to his tweets of just a few hours before and the MSM narrative brought on by the latest CNN Russia story that was retracted and the departure of three reporters over it, O’Keefe’s excellent undercover reporting is likely to reach far beyond his previous audience.
And that, more than anything else is why the MSM wants Donald Trump to stop tweeting.
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