Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Preska Thomas of Team Hollywood Speaks about CNN Tape


Bill Thomas at Daily Pundit spoke with Laurie Goldberg, Senior Vice President for Public Relations with CNN last night. She confirmed the audio tape made by Ms. Preska Thomas that we all heard yesterday was indeed authentic. Here is Ms. Goldberg in her own words:

"A Turner switchboard operator was fired today after we were alerted to a conversation the operator had with a caller in which the operator lost his temper and expressed his personal views -- behavior that was totally inappropriate. His comments did not reflect the views of CNN. We are reaching out to the caller and expressing our deep regret to her and apologizing that she did not get the courtesy entitled to her. "

Great Job Bill! This was my first experience as a citizen reporter where I was actually able to speak with a principle in the story. Bill Quick just showed us all how it is done. Follow up, be persistent and you can get to the truth of a story. Again Kudus to Daily Pundit for a job well done!

Also Kudos to Preska Thomas for making the tape and getting it out there. Don't forget Ms. Thomas claims that several people related similar experiences which prompted her to make the recording. Will any of them come forward?

Was this just one operator at CNN or is this a internal cultural problem at the company?


Well I just spoke to Preska Thomas of Team Hollywood. She swears the tape is authentic and not a hoax. I told her I do not have the means to test the tape for authenticity but asked if she would make it available to an entity that did. She replied absolutely!

This sounds like a project for Pajamas Media if you ask me.

She spent approximately 40 minutes on the phone with me and sounded quite sincere. She reiterated the story on the US Newswire. That they were compelled to contact CNN due to the enormous amount of calls her firm was receiving from people who were familiar with their company, Team Hollywood. The callers were reporting that they were being harassed by CNN and were being hung up on when they brought up the issue of the X over Cheney’s face.

Ms. Thomas says they had called CNN 5 times before making the now infamous recording. She and her business partner Kevin Finn, spoke to several different operators who all eventually hung up on them, were rude, and accused Cheney and the presidnt of being liars.

I mentioned that the recording ended abruptly. She replied "That is because the operator in the recording hung up on me".

I asked Ms. Thomas if she was receiving a lot of calls today from people like me who are asking her about the veracity of the tape. She said she is and has received several offers for exclusive rights to the tape. Some have represented themselves as being from the mainstream media. She has refused the offers and told me “this is for the people to hear”.

Ms. Thomas says she is a fan of blogs and thinks they should be taken seriously. “This story would not have gotten out if not for Matt Drudge and the bloggers”.

Ms. Thomas believes there is something wrong with the internal culture at CNN for an operator to speak to a viewer the way this man did to her.

Ms. Thomas made it very clear”The tape being released is not an attack on CNN

Ms Thomas said "My business partner and I simply felt this was important for the public to know in order to force CNN to examine their internal systems and ask how is this happening?, why is this happening?, and prevent their employees from continuing this with this type of behavior".

More coverage here: Stop The ACLU, All Things Beautiful, Michelle Malkin, Euphoric Reality, Whizbang, Don't Go Into the Light. Daily Pundit also spoke with Ms. Thomas this morning.

Open Trackbacks: The Political Teen, Don Surber,

Update: Tip of the hat to Jillian for her link in the comments section to this Yahoo article:

Kevin Finn Recognized by National Republican Congressional Committee; International Business Leader to Receive Reagan Medal

To: National Desk

Contact: Karen Hughes of Team Hollywood, 310-967-3957

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) announced this week that Kevin Finn of Santa Monica, California has been selected as a recipient of the 2005 Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal.

So it appears at the very least Mr. Finn is a partisan.

And wait a minute. Karen Hughes? not "The Bush Administration advisor Karen Hughes"?

Now that is a strange coinkydink. Things are getting curiouser and curiouser batman!


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