CNN LEAKS – VP Griffiths: Journalists Should ‘Aid the Afflicted and Afflict the Comfortable’


In audio recordings released by Project Veritas, CNN Vice President and Senior Editorial Director Richard Griffiths was caught claiming that the role of the journalist is to “aid the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

“If we are journalists, what is our role as a journalist? What is the fundamental role as a journalist, for us to do?” remarked Griffiths in one of the recordings. “Tell a story. 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,” he continued. “You know we try to show the ugly side of humanity so we can do something about it. It’s hard, very hard.”

The released tapes also reveal CNN’s “misrepresentation of polling data” and the news outlet’s disdain for conservative media.

119 hours of audio data have so far been released with over 100 more hours reportedly to come.

Recorded in 2009 at CNN’s Atlanta HQ, the audio clips feature numerous employees including Joe Sterling, Arthur Brice, and Nicky Robertson.

Project Veritas made a call for leaked information, offering $10,000 to anyone else “that exposes media malfeasance.”

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