On Thursday, investigator James O'Keefe released a wide swath of tapes of CNNers discussing network practices and how they should cover a story. In the above video, O'Keefe has a senior editorial director explaining what it means to be a "journalist" in today's world, another editor saying there is debate about climate change,
Richard T. Griffiths, vice president and editorial director at CNN, is caught on tape telling employees what "the fundamental role of a journalist" is now. Griffiths said journalists must advocate and "aid the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." The CNN senior editorial director said this practice is "one of the things I can be most proud of as a journalist."
Griffiths also said by showing the "ugly side" of humanity, "we can do something about it."
"If we are journalists, what is our role as a journalist? What is the fundamental role as a journalist, for us to do?" Griffiths asked.
"Tell a story," he said. "Tell what's going on. There's a secondary corollary to that, right? Aid the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. To a degree, right? Is that not part of the traditional role of a journalist? It's actually one of the things I can be most proud of as a journalist."
"You know we try to show the ugly side of humanity so we can do something about it. It's very, very hard," Griffiths complained.
"That's the voice of Richard Griffiths, he is the vice president and senior editorial director. When he says 'afflict the comfortable,' we wonder if that now applies to President Trump," O'Keefe, founder of Project Veritas commented.