Following Threats, Jeff Zucker Tells CNN Employees There Was No Immediate Danger

By Chris Ariens 

Following Monday’s report that a Michigan man had been arrested on charges of making threats to CNN employees, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker sent a note to staffers telling them the network stepped up security following the threats.

According to court documents obtained by Atlanta CBS station WGCL, the man phoned CNN 22 times telling operators, among other things, “Fake news. I’m coming to gun you all down. I’m smarter than you. More powerful than you. I have more guns than you. More manpower. Your cast is about to get gunned down in a matter of hours. I’m coming to Georgia right now to go to the CNN headquarters to f-ing gun every single last one of you.”

“I know the details of this will seem frightening to some of you, and I understand,” Zucker wrote. “I can tell you that, at no time, as these phone calls came in did the federal law enforcement officials feel that there was an immediate threat of danger to any of our employees.”

Zucker continued, “Sadly, this is part of the reality we live in, as members of the media. I want to assure you that at every level of this company, nothing is more important than your safety. While you know we don’t talk publicly about security measures, let me assure you that we have addressed this situation.”

Here’s his full memo:

As you may have seen in press reports overnight, there was a significant security threat that was aimed at our employees at the CNN Center in Atlanta earlier this month.

I want to make sure you all know that we were in close contact with local and federal law enforcement from the moment the threats were made, throughout the entire investigation, and up until the suspect was arrested last week. We continue to remain in contact with them about this matter.

I know the details of this will seem frightening to some of you, and I understand. I can tell you that, at no time, as these phone calls came in did the federal law enforcement officials feel that there was an immediate threat of danger to any of our employees. With that said, we still stepped up our security procedures in Atlanta and elsewhere, as a precautionary measure.

Sadly, this is part of the reality we live in, as members of the media. I want to assure you that at every level of this company, nothing is more important than your safety. While you know we don’t talk publicly about security measures, let me assure you that we have addressed this situation.

I have a regularly scheduled broadcast town hall on Thursday at 1pm ET. I’ve asked Jeff Gilbert, who heads up Turner Security, to join me to update all of us, with as much detail as he reasonably can, on security at CNN. Please join me then, and send me your questions in advance or during the town hall.

Jeff

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