President Donald Trump wins another battle in the war against the fake news of CNN.
On Tuesday, Project Veritas released a damning undercover video of a senior CNN producer revealing that the news outlet covered Russia simply because of “ratings,” adding that the idea of Russian collusion is “bullsh*t.”
CNN responded — and they effectively said the video was completely legitimate.
USA Today reports:
A senior CNN producer commented pointedly about the network’s coverage of the alleged ties between Trump and Russia.
When asked by an unrevealed videographer why CNN has been aggressive in covering the story, the producer, John Bonifield, replied: “Because it’s ratings.”
The video shows Bonifield being taped on a couple of occasions, with his replies edited as a compilation.
Bonifield didn’t know that he was being taped, according to a person familiar with the matter. The network is not disciplining Bonifield, and CNN editors are treating the comment as Bonifield’s personal thoughts expressed in a non-official capacity, the person said.
“CNN stands by our medical producer John Bonifield. Diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong, we welcome it and embrace it,” CNN said in a statement.
The O’Keefe associate who filmed Bonifield is not identified in the video. Bonifield has told colleagues at CNN that he met the videographer through a peer-mentoring program, and the associate represented himself as an aspiring journalist who wanted career guidance and mentoring, the person said. They met about five times, the person said.
Steve Gordon, communications director at Project Veritas, didn’t dispute the description of how Bonifield and its videographer met, and defended its use of undercover video. “That’s what Project Veritas does,” he said. “We go undercover. Undercover video has been widely respected.”
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