CNN’s faced repeated accusations of running a propaganda mill and not a news outlet.
The network’s hosts tried to push back.
But CNN just got caught in legal mess that could hand a Trump ally this major win.
As Black Eye Politics reports:
Twitter banned Project Veritas for alleged “repeated violations of the platform’s policies prohibiting sharing — or threats of sharing — other people’s private information without consent.”
The video Twitter highlighted shows the Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen being questioned outside his home.
“The tweet in question arose when asking for comment from Facebook’s VP of Integrity about censorship,” Project Veritas said from their Telegram channel. “Project Veritas is appealing this decision, as no privacy was violated.”
Then James O’Keefe, Project Veritas founder, had his personal Twitter account banned as Project Veritas released more damaging footage in which a CNN staffer admitted in a secretly recorded video that his network produced “propaganda” to help remove former President Donald Trump from office.
It’s clear that Twitter was finding weak excuses to get Project Veritas and O’Keefe off of the platform, but CNN claimed Project Veritas was banned for spreading misinformation.
O’Keefe announced that he filed suit against CNN because of comments made by CNN anchor Ana Cabrera on-air in February that Twitter’s crackdown was to “try to stop the spread of misinformation.”
“Project Veritas is an investigative journalism organization whose reputation depends on its ethical and transparent conduct, and its production of reliable and accurate news reporting. By claiming Project Veritas was ‘spreading misinformation,’ CNN directly damaged and impugned Project Veritas’s reputation,” the suit reads. “CNN’s factual claim that Project Veritas was banned for ‘promoting misinformation,’ instead of truthful reporting of private facts, is patently and demonstrably false, and CNN maliciously made its claims with knowledge they were false or with reckless disregard for their falsity.”
CNN isn’t the first mainstream media company to be sued by Project Veritas; back in March, the New York Supreme Court gave the group a decisive win in their defamation lawsuit against The New York Times.
“This ruling means Project Veritas will now be able to put New York Times reporter Maggie Astor and New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet under oath where they will be forced to answer our questions,” O’Keefe said at the time, adding, “Project Veritas will record these depositions and expose them for the world to see.”
O’Keefe has also filed suit personally against Twitter.
“I am suing Twitter for defamation because they said, I, James O’Keefe, ‘operated fake accounts.’ This is false, this is defamatory, and they will pay,” he said at the time. “Section 230 may have protected them before, but it will not protect them from me. The complaint will be filed Monday.”