CNN top execs 'deliberately REFUSED to cover Hunter Biden laptop scandal' and focused on Trump's impeachment
CNN top executives have been accused of deliberately refusing to cover Hunter Biden's laptop scandal, instead choosing to focus on Donald Trump's impeachment.
According to a leaked recording of a CNN meeting, released by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas on Tuesday, executives talked about downplaying Hunter Biden's infamous laptop scandal.
Biden's laptop had been the subject of a media storm after the New York Post published a "smoking-gun" email on October 14.
The news outlet alleged that the email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced his father to a Ukrainian businessman, Vadym Pozharskyi, when Joe Biden was Vice President.
According the leaked footage, three CNN execs spoke at the news conference on the same day the New York Post article was published.
CNN political director David Chalian told CNN boss Jeff Zucker in the recording: "Obviously, we’re not going with the New York Post story right now on Hunter Biden.
"And, which seems to be giving its marching orders to Fox News and the right-wing echo chamber about what to talk about today.
“We’ll just continue to report out this is the very stuff that the President was impeached over – that Senate Committees looked at and found nothing wrong in Joe Biden’s interactions with Ukrainians.”
"And now having an email that perhaps there was a meeting with someone from Burisma it seems. Rudy Giuliani's sort of 'dream-o-vision' of how to throw stuff at the wall in these closing days of the campaign."
CNN Executive VP David Vigilante slammed journalists Maggie Haberman and Jake Sherman for retweeting the New York Post's Hunter Biden laptop story.
Zucker was heard saying in an October 23 call: "I do think, on the Breitbart, New York Post, Fox News rabbit hole of Hunter Biden, which I don’t think anybody outside of that world understood last night.
“The Wall Street Journal reported that their review of all corporate records showed no role for Joe Biden on the Chinese deal. And yes, I do put more credibility in The Wall Street Journal than I do in the New York Post.”
CNN has not responded to The Sun's request for comment.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has slammed CNN over the leaked audiotapes of what appears to be Zucker criticizing the “erratic” president.
Project Veritas – a right-wing activist group O'Keefe founded in 2010 – revealed they secretly taped CNN's conferences for two months in a viral Twitter video on Tuesday.
One day later, the president retweeted O'Keefe's claim that one correspondent suggested ignoring Trump's unfounded "rigged" election claims and wrote "Suppression Media!"
Zucker previously had a close working relationship with Trump as CEO of NBC Universal during the height of the "The Apprentice," a reality show which saw him hire and fire contestants.
But their relationship has since soured and O'Keefe alleged that Zucker went on a tirade against Trump during an October 9 conference.
During this meeting, a person believed to be the CNN boss said: "OK, I just want to re-emphasize that, you know, I think we cannot normalize what has happened here in the last week with Trump and his behavior.
"And I go back to what Chalian said, that this is a president who knows he's losing, who knows he's in trouble, is sick, maybe is on the after-effects of steroids or not.
"I don't know, but he is acting erratically and desperately, and we need to, we need to not normalize that. … He is all over the place and acting erratically. And I think we need to lean into that."
In another meeting on October 16, a person who Project Veritas claims is Zucker suggested that CNN shouldn’t cover the New York Post’s Hunter Biden “Ukraine, crack, sex” story.
He said: "The Trump media, you know, moves immediately from – OK, well, never mind – the unmasking was, you know, found to be completely nonsensical to the latest alleged scandal and expects everybody to just follow suit.
"So, I don't think that we should be repeating unsubstantiated smears just because the rightwing media suggests that we should."
The Biden campaign has strongly denied these Hunter Biden laptop claims.
Some Republicans have claimed that former vice president Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine to fire a prosecutor investigating Burisma, an energy firm Pozharskyi was an advisor to and Hunter Biden was on the board of.
The laptop is also reported to contain a 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.
Democrats such as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff have claimed that the leaked information was part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
However, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe denied these claims.
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