“GUERRILLA JOURNALIST” CONTINUES TO FOCUS ON CNN
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 29, 2017) — In a tweet late Thursday afternoon, Project Veritas president and self-described “guerrilla journalist” James O’Keefe responded to one from CNN’s White House reporter James Acosta with a stark change of subject.
Acosta, who has been at odds with the Trump administration since before Trump was inaugurated, has been chagrined with the White House communications team’s recent decision to hold most of its press briefings off-camera and on Thursday tweeted his frustration with White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for allegedly not allowing him to ask a question. “WH near-total refusal to take briefing q’s from CNN is becoming common practice,” he wrote.
Since Trump took office, various members of the mainstream media have complained that nontraditional and right-leaning organizations are given opportunities to ask questions while they must wait to ask their own.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, O’Keefe released respective videos depicting a CNN medical producer, John Bonifield, and CNN commentator Van Jones indicating that the ongoing narrative suggesting that Trump and/or his campaign aides “colluded” with Russian-government operatives is unsubstantiated.
The Cable News Network responded on Tuesday that it valued the “diversity of personal opinion” among its staff. On Thursday, Jones responded that the video in which he appears to say that the “Russia” issue is “a nothing-burger” is “a hoax.”
Earlier on Thursday, O’Keefe appeared in a video at CNN CEO Jeff Zucker’s high-rise residence in New York City attempting to question Zucker about his reaction to O’Keefe’s first two videos. Zucker is seen quickly exiting the apartment building with a bodyguard and a doorman and entering a dark-colored SUV which immediately departs the curb.
When Zucker declined to comment, O’Keefe called Zucker’s lack of response “cowardly.”
In his tweet on Thursday evening addressing Acosta, O’Keefe pledged that a third video to be released on Friday will “rock your world.”
Trump moved from terming CNN a purveyor of “fake news” to “very fake news” shortly after he took office. CNN does not claim to provide balanced coverage of the Trump White House and has fired an editor, head of an investigative unit, a journalist, a commentator, and “comedian” Kathy Griffin for inappropriate remarks directed at Trump over the last several weeks.
Update, 7:39 p.m. EDT: O’Keefe tweeted approximately 30 minutes ago that the new video will be released early on Friday, at “6 or 7am.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.