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ORLANDO, Florida (LifeSiteNews) — Project Veritas’ James O’Keefe wowed the audience on the opening day of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when he revealed that CNN’s former DC director of field operations has defected to Project Veritas and now serves as the organization’s executive producer.

Patrick Davis, who had served in CNN’s Washington bureau for over two decades, had been the subject of a 2019 Project Veritas undercover video where he admitted that the network wasn’t “what it used to be,” and that CNN’s brand of journalism had become “infotainment.”

In a video interview conducted before the surprise CPAC reveal, Davis told O’Keefe that the FBI raid on the homes of Project Veritas journalists was a catalyst for him joining the organization.

“I thought it was the biggest abridgment to the First Amendment in maybe the history of this country,” said Davis. “For the FBI to go blowing into the doors of journalists, it was unheard of.”

“In the first five days of working at this company, I’ve had more conversations about ethical journalism than I did probably in the last ten years of my career,” at CNN said Davis.

Davis joined O’Keefe on stage and proclaimed, “I know journalism, and I know good journalism, and the people at Project Veritas are some of the most dedicated, hard-working people I’ve ever met. They love our country. They love the first amendment. They love seeking the truth.”