June 27, 2017

O’Keefe Stings CNN: Producer Admits That Russia-Trump Narrative ‘Is Mostly Bullsh*t’

Early Tuesday morning, Project Veritas’s James O’Keefe posted an undercover video exposing CNN’s obsession with the Trump-Russia narrative as, in the words of one of its supervising producers, a nearly 15-year network veteran, “mostly bullsh*t right now,” with “no big giant proof.” Further, in a series of damning statements which has to be seen to be believed, that producer admits, among many other things, that the Russia obsession is driven by the desire for ratings, that network CEO Jeff Zucker recently demanded that its journalists return to concentrating on Russia shortly after Trump’s announced withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate accords, and that “the President is probably right to say” that the network is “witch-hunting” him.

The supervising producer making these admissions on camera is John Bonifield, whose CNN bio describes as its “supervising producer for the CNN Medical Unit.”

O’Keefe contends that CNN loves the Russia story “not because it’s true,” but because it believes its left-leaning audience “wants it to be true.” His video, “America Pravda: CNN Part 1,” presents compelling evidence:

Key admissions and points:

Since President Trump’s inauguration, according to O’Keefe, CNN “has mentioned Russia on their air nearly 16,000 times.” (The video attributes this stat to TVeyes.com which calls itself “the global search engine for TV and radio coverage.”)

CNN’s fixation on Russia is taking place, because, in Bonifield’s words, “It’s ratings … Our ratings are incredible right now.”

Bonifield said that he was currently involved in “a dental shoot,” and was told the following by his “boss,” apparently explaining why the related story might not get aired or get satisfactory exposure (as paraphrased by Bonifield):

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Bonifield betrays an extraordinary degree of jadedness when he says that “all the nice cutesy little ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school, you’re just like, ‘That’s adorable. That’s adorable.’ This is a business. … especially cable news. … I’m very cynical about it (the news business) and so are most of my colleagues.”

Bonifield believes that there is a double standard in how the network covers President Trump compared to how it covered former President Obama:

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As to the network’s Trump-Russia obsession, Bonifield said, in part, “It’s mostly bullsh*t now. Like we don’t have any big giant proof. … if you (people in the newsroom) were finding something, we would know about it. … If it was something really good, it would leak. … I just feel like they don’t really have it (proof) but they want to keep digging.”

On Trump, Bonifield believes that “The President is right to say, like, ‘Look, you are witch-hunting me. You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.’”

O’Keefe contends that CNN “is feeding their audience a false narrative in order to get ratings.”

O’Keefe’s extraordinarily damning video comes on the heels of developments summarized in a Monday evening NewsBusters post, namely:

  • The network’s full retraction of a Thursday evening story about Anthony Scaramucci (while trying and failing to clean up its tracks).
  • Its post-retraction decision demanding that executive editors must review and approve any future Russia-related stories.
  • The Monday evening news that three journalists involved in that retracted story had resigned.

O’Keefe cited these developments at the end of the video and began his presentation’s wrap-up with the following sad but true statement:

The American people are fed up with fake news, and a mainstream media they cannot trust.

Last week, noted media critic Camille Paglia, a Democrat, was on Sean Hannity’s talk radio show, and said the following:

I’m a professor of media studies, in addition to a professor of humanities, OK? And I think it’s absolutely grotesque the way my party has destroyed journalism. Right now, it is going to take decades to recover from this atrocity that’s going on where the news media have turned themselves over to the most childish fraternity, kind of buffoonish behavior.

What O’Keefe is in the process of exposing — remember, Tuesday morning’s video is just Part 1 — leads one to wonder if some entities in the establishment news media will ever recover.

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