‘This may be a felony': CNN calls POLICE as Project Veritas leaks audio of outlet's daily briefings with president Jeff Zucker
Added 12-02-20 12:37:02am EST - “CNN has threatened legal action against Project Veritas after the conservative muckraking outfit recorded and published excerpts from the network's morning briefings with company president Jeff Zucker, calling the move a "felony."” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘This may be a felony’: CNN calls POLICE as Project Veritas leaks audio of outlet’s daily briefings with president Jeff Zucker”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
The outlet’s communications team notified Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe after he managed to join the network's conference call that this “may be a felony,” adding that they had “referred it to law enforcement.”
The threat to take the matter to the authorities set off a raging debate online, as netizens-turned-lawyers sparred over whether Project Veritas broke the law, some insisting that publishing the recordings is precisely the role of reporters.
“It’s literally how journalism works,”said conservative pundit Mike Cernovich, adding to CNN: “sorry you don’t support the First Amendment.”
He and several others followed up with links to a CNN story published in October based on similar surreptitious recordings – in that case of First Lady Melania Trump – suggesting the network may have run afoul of the same supposed “felony” statute.
Some users took to CNN’s defense, arguing that O’keefe and company did, in fact, violate consent laws, proposing a litany of crimes Project Veritas may have committed in obtaining or sharing the recordings.
Legal experts say this may be a felony. We‘ve referred it to law enforcement.— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) December 1, 2020
It is and should be illegal to record or film someone (not in public) without their permission. https://t.co/lgw1gJWBUd— Vernal Equinox (@SpringF_kx) December 2, 2020
Party consent rules only apply if you’re a legitimate party to the communication. Eavesdropping uninvited on a conference call makes you not a legitimate party so no safe harbor is available.— Mistake Not... (@CornFedIABoy) December 2, 2020
It’s not about the recording, it’s about accessing a computer system to which he was not authorized. If someone gave him the code, that doesn’t make him an authorized user of the systems.This is wire fraud territory, son.— Dog Congress (@dog_congress) December 2, 2020
We know what your legal "experts" do on calls, CNN.— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) December 1, 2020
You bring Lubin' Toobin back for some legal commentary and consultation...#CNNTapes— ANDY W. (@Righteous_Lab) December 2, 2020
Better check your legal exposure with Toobin— Terry Kinder (@tkinder) December 2, 2020
LEAKED AUDIO FROM @CNN 9AM CALL: “News organizations have to be very careful & very responsible about not giving @realDonaldTrump too much of a platform on his not conceding...” - @JamieGangel#CNNTapespic.twitter.com/LoCqh79pOG— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) December 2, 2020
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