Thursday morning, James O’Keefe, founder and president of the nonprofit Project Veritas, released 119 hours of audio recorded at a CNN Atlanta newsroom in 2009. The nonprofit’s mission is to investigate corruption, dishonesty, waste and fraud in both public and private institutions.
In a radio interview with Sean Hannity earlier this week, the investigative journalist explained Project Veritas’ next target is the media, but he did not say then who would be exposed in Thursday’s leak.
“We’ve had people on the inside and sources come to us, and we are going to be releasing it [hundreds of hours of tape] Wikileaks-style later this week,” O’Keefe said.
At the time the tapes were recorded in the CNN Atlanta newsroom, some of those identified were not that high up at CNN.
Today, they are leaders at the news organization. So far, it’s clear that the list includes Richard Griffith, senior editorial director of CNN’s Greater Atlanta area, and CNN journalists Arthur Brice and Joe Sterling.
In a video announcing the CNN leak, O’Keefe said “the media’s relationship with the establishment renders them incapable of challenging the normative order in our society.”
His goal is to turn the tables and expose the bias and tactics of mainstream media – and fake news.
While the tapes are from eight years ago, Project Veritas recently received them and has only reviewed a fraction of the tapes. Today’s release includes 119 hours of raw unedited audio and O’Keefe is asking for the public to help analyze the tapes.
The group also announced a $10,000 reward for information uncovering any journalistic misconduct.
“We want to become a destination where citizen journalists can come forward, work with us and make a real impact … If you have hidden audio recordings, video tapes or documents inside of a news room or media institution, and the material is good enough, I will pay you $10,000,” O’Keefe said at the end of the video.