Project Veritas, James O’Keefe’s project, has video of a senior CNN producer admitting that his network’s relentless coverage of the alleged Trump-Russia scandal lacked substance. “Mostly bulls**t” is producer John Bonifield’s apt description.
Bonifield is also clear about the motive for pushing the bulls**t story. “Our ratings are incredible right now,” he exclaims. Bonifield notes that at a staff meeting, CNN’s CEO congratulated his reporters for their coverage of the Paris accords, but then said “let’s get back to Russia.”
The story is at Breitbart. The edited video produced by Project Veritas is below.
Here is part of what of what Bonifield said to O’Keefe’s investigator about the Trump-Russia story:
Could be bulls**t. I mean, it’s mostly bulls**t right now. Like, we don’t have any giant proof.
Then they say, well there’s still an investigation going on. And you’re like, yeah, I don’t know. If they were finding something we would know about it. The way these leaks happen, they would leak it. They’d leak. If it was something really good, it would leak. . .
The leaks keep leaking and there’s so many great leaks, and it’s amazing. I just refuse to believe that if they had something really good like that that wouldn’t leak because we’ve been getting all these other leaks. So, I just feel like they don’t really have it but they want to keep digging. And so I think the president is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me. You have no smoking gun. You have no real proof.
Bonifield understood, as many of us have said for some time, that the absence of incriminating leaks is good evidence that there is no incriminating information.
Bonifield makes another obvious but overlooked point:
Even if Russia was trying to swing an election. . .our CIA is doing sh*t all the time, we’re out there trying to manipulate governments.
So Russian interference in our election isn’t the scandal of the century after all. Collusion by a candidate in the interference would be scandalous. But, as Bonifield, not to mention James Comey, have admitted, there is no reason to believe such collusion occurred.
Bonifield, it should be noted, did not work on the Russia story. His field is health.
However, he has worked at CNN for almost 15 years as a journalist and producer, and is thus well-positioned to offer both a reality check on the story his network has been driving and an insight into the network’s motive.
The chickens are coming home to roost. Three of CNN’s most senior editorial staffers have resigned as a result of a fake news hit piece on Trump-Russia. CNN’s head, the same one who said “let’s get back to Russia,” is investigating the matter.
Bonifield’s comments show that a proper investigation would encompass CNN’s culture and would begin at the top.