James O’Keefe + Trump Twitter Account = MSM Disaster

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James O'Keefe + Trump Twitter Account = MSM Disaster

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:

  1. To dis­cour­age any mem­ber of the MSM, local or national to play the actual videos on airM
  2. 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.

  3. 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

When Don­ald Trump tweets some­thing like this

over 32 Mil­lion Twit­ter Users see it, more than the entire view­er­ship of the MSM com­bined and that doesn’t take into account the 19 mil­lion who fol­low the POTUS account as well.

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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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:

  1. To discourage any member of the MSM, local or national to play the actual videos on airM
  2. 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.

  3. 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

When Donald Trump tweets something like this

over 32 Million Twitter Users see it, more than the entire viewership of the MSM combined and that doesn’t take into account the 19 million who follow the POTUS account as well.

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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