Jesse Watters Slams ‘Rat’ Who Recorded CNN Staffers: ‘Not a Whistleblower,’ He’s a ‘Disgruntled Employee’


Fox News host Jesse Watters panned the CNN staffer who recorded secret tapes of the network’s employees in an attempt to expose anti-Trump bias at the network, calling him a “rat” and a “disgruntled employee.”

“I’m not blown away by the content of it,” Watters said of the tapes. “I think the president of CNN saying that we have to follow impeachment, we have to follow impeachment hard, is not breaking news.”

“Or he said Fox News is destructive — he said that out in the open many times,” Watters continued. “The people that they did get access to seemed to me like low level players without any editorial power.”

The man, a CNN contractor, surreptitiously recorded employees at the network expressing their opinions about its political coverage. The contractor also recorded CNN president Jeff Zucker, on his daily company-wide editorial calls, calling out Fox News and stating that the network should focus on coverage of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.

The recordings have been released by Project Veritas, the widely discredited operation of conservative activist James O’Keefe, which has touted them as evidence of anti-Trump bias at CNN. The insider even scored himself an interview on Hannity Monday night.

“CNN says it’s a non-biased, down the middle straight news organization, even in prime time, when they’re clearly not,” Watters continued. “But other than that, I think the guy’s kind of a rat. More of a disgruntled employee. He’s not a whistleblower, because nothing out there on the tape was illegal. And I think he’ll never get hired, ever, ever again.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated that Jeff Zucker’s morning editorial calls are weekly. They are daily.

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