Earlier today, Megyn Kelly released a seven-plus-minute video of her interview with Ashley Bianco, the ABC/CBS producer who was summarily canned by CBS after a video clip of Amy Robach spilling the goods on ABC’s quashing of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal found its way to the public domain, compliments of James O’Keefe and Project Veritas.
Brandon Morse covers that interview here. (READ: Here’s Megyn Kelly’s Interview With Fired ABC News Producer Connected to Leaked Hot Mic Moment.) Bianco steadfastly denies being the source of the leak and pointedly notes that person is likely still at ABC.
For his part, O’Keefe, who promises more video to come, further stirred things up by publishing a statement from the insider:
The ABC News Insider is still working for ABC News, anonymously authored this and we are publishing it at @Project_Veritas at their request.
— James O'Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) November 8, 2019
The full letter can be found here:
I expect I’m not the only one who immediately Googled “Ignotus,” upon reading the “letter” authored by Project Veritas’ ABC source. I’ll confess, I didn’t immediately make the Harry Potter connection, as my days of reading the series with my daughter are, sadly, in the remote past. It appears there was a “noted Hungarian editor and writer” named Hugo Veigelsberg whose pen name was “Ignotus,” so I suppose it’s possible the insider was reaching back into 19th Century literature for his pseudonymic inspiration, but my suspicion is it’s a nod to the wizardry world. Particularly given that Ignotus Peverell (Harry Potter’s several greats-grandfather) is the original procurer of the Cloak of Invisibility from Death.
Upon reading the missive, I observed the following: Ignotus could have benefited from a copy editor*. That said, he (could be a she, but sounds like a he) is going to be the new Deep Throat. At least, among new media. Assuming the letter is legitimate — and accurate — this person has helped shine sunlight into the rot at the core of ABC — and the legacy media as a whole.
Think about this for a second: A major news network had substantial information regarding a powerful, prolific pedophile. One who had already been convicted of — and served time for — procuring an underage girl for prostitution and soliciting prostitution. One who had a private jet nicknamed the “Lolita Express.” One with noted ties to rich and powerful people, including Bill Clinton, Prince Andrew, George Stephanopolous, Harvey Weinstein, and Donald Trump – to name just a handful. Robach, in her “moment of frustration,” even noted the pushback ABC received from “the Palace” and referenced Clinton. And yet, it shelved the story.
As many have noted, ABC’s “standards” for reporting news appear to have varied depending on who stood to benefit or suffer from a given story. That’s not “news” — that’s PR. Propaganda. Cover.
“Ignotus” has apparently not had his conscience wholly excised by reason of his immersion in the industry.
We all hold the First Amendment at the foundation of this company, yet forget its history, its purpose, and its reasoning for even coming into existence to begin with. How lost we are… yearning to be found. I went to Project Veritas for the sole reason that any other media outlet else would have probably shelved this as well. I thank all of them, and James, for seeking truth.
We are all human and mortal, creatures of mistakes and redemption.
The road to redemption favors no soul.
He’s right. But I’ve very little hope that the powers that be at ABC are doing much mirror gazing at present. Nor do I anticipate we’ll see this story covered — or even acknowledged — by them or the rest of the legacy media, other than as an effort to rationalize providing cover for this evil and bemoan the criticism being levied at them — which they so richly deserve.
And you can bet your sweet bippy, a TON more effort is going to be put into identifying Ignotus than was into exposing Epstein & Co’s dirty little open secret.
*And because of that, I’m certain I’ll discover a typo in this piece 12 hours after it publishes.