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CNN caught red-handed promoting fake news about Russia

An undercover video released by Project Veritas shows CNN producer John Bonifield admitting the Trump-Russia narrative is "mostly bullshit" but on the orders of CNN's CEO Jeff Zucker, journalists are told to keep up the fake reports "for ratings".

Published: June 28, 2017, 8:54 am

    From Project Veritas:

    Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN’s Russia narrative.

    “I mean, it’s mostly bullshit right now,” Bonifield says. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof.”

    The footage confirmed suspicions that CNN staff is ideologically biased against Trump: “I know a lot of people don’t like him and they’d like to see him get kicked out of office…” Bonifield said.

    Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders encouraged American voters to view the undercover footage that highlights how the phony Russia-Trump narrative is being promoted by the network. “I think that we have gone to a place where if the media can’t be trusted to report the news, then that’s a dangerous place for America, and I think if that is the place that certain outlets are going, particularly for the purpose of spiking ratings, and if that’s coming directly from the top, I think that’s even more scary,” she said.

    Huckabee added that CNN’s reporting was a “disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism”.

    Often stories about Russia in the US media are based on a single “anonymous source” which means the accuracy of the claims are already suspect. “I hope that outlets that have continued to use unnamed sources – sometimes stories with no sources at all – we’ve been going on this Russia Trump hoax for the better part of a year now with no evidence of anything,” Huckabee said. “I think America is frankly looking for something better, for something more, and I think they deserve something better from our news media.”

    Last week’s in France, at the Cannes Lions festival, Zucker boasted that viewers trust CNN “more than ever”, but rumors were rife that Zucker would be out of a job if a merger deal with AT&T goes through, the New York Daily Post reported.

    On Monday Donald Trump tweeted that CNN was the paragon of fake news after three journalists resigned over a retracted story on Russia. “Wow, CNN had to retract big story on ‘Russia,’ with 3 employees forced to resign,” the President noted. “What about all the other phony stories they do? FAKE NEWS!”

    The retracted story was based on a single, anonymous source who claimed the Senate Intelligence Committee was probing ties between the Trump administration and a Russian government-owned investment fund.

    The dismissal of the three journalists was just the latest in a series of recent embarrassments for CNN, including the firing earlier this month of host Reza Aslan after he called Trump a “piece of s–t” on Twitter.

    The network also had to get rid of failed comedian Kathy Griffin — longtime co-host of its New Year’s Eve coverage — after she posed with a bloody, severed head resembling Trump’s, and had to own up to a story that incorrectly predicted what fired FBI Director James Comey would testify about before Congress.

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