‘Pushing the agenda about Russia and Trump was about ratings’

July 16, 2017

GOOD RATINGS: CNN’s supervising producer John Bonifield told the Veritas Project in response to a question about Russia: “Because it’s ratings. Our ratings are incredible right now. The CEO (Jeff Zucker) said at our internal meeting, good job covering the climate change accords, but we’re done with it, let’s get back to Russia.”

 

HOME TRUTHS: John Bonifield on President Donald Trump: “I think the President is right to say ‘you are witch-hunting me’. You have no smoking gun. You have no real proof.” Picture by Gage Skidmore.

 

BUSINESS DECISION: James O’Keefe of the Veritas Project: “The very purpose of journalism is to expose the world for what it is, not make false political narratives in order to make money.” Picture by Gage Skidmore.

 

 

 

 

 

DAMNING footage has emerged of a major news network pushing certain stories to push their own political agenda and damage press neutrality.

When I started working in the press many years ago, I vowed that in as far as it was possible – I would try and tell the truth to my readers, but in CNN’s case, their duplicity over the promotion of Donald Trump’s links to Russia seem to have blown up in their faces. You know something is wrong is when those who are supposed to report the news, become the headlines.

CNN’s fascination with Trump and the breakdown of their relationship can be tracked back to the news conference when CNN correspondent Jim Acosta had the president pointing at him, saying ‘you are fake news’.

James O’Keefe of Project Veritas says that one subject has dominated President Trump’s time in office and that is of Russia and it has been mentioned across the mainstream networks, but particularly for CNN, where Russia has been named 15,194 since his inauguration.

In this clip, investigative reporters from Project Veritas can be heard speaking to CNN’s supervising producer John Bonifield and asking questions to him about the network’s obsession with Russia and this was his response.

‘This is about ratings’

Bonifield said: “Even if Russia was trying to swing an election, we try to swing their elections, their CIA is doing sh*t all the time and we’re out there all the time, trying to manipulate governments. You win because you know the game and play it right. She (Hillary Clinton) didn’t play it right.”

The Veritas Project reporter says: “Then why is CNN constantly like, Russia this, Russia that?”

Bonnifield replies: “Because it’s ratings. Our ratings are incredible right now.

“The CEO (Jeff Zucker) said at our internal meeting, good job covering the climate change accords, but we’re done with it, let’s get back to Russia.

Interjecting on the footage, James O’Keefe asks the question whether the decision to pursue the Russia story was a editorial decision or a business one.

‘The press is just a business’

Bonifield continues: “It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical… but all the nice cutesy ethics that used to get talked about in journalism school, you’re just like that’s adorable. That’s adorable. This is a business.

“So, they’ve got to do what they’ve got to do to make their money, I think. And so I love the news business, but I’m very cynical about it and at the same time so are most of my colleagues.”

On a tour of the newsroom with the VP projects, Bonifield also drops his guard and makes these startling observations when it comes to press neutrality, which opens up questions for press neutrality for British news outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky News.

We would have not have scrutinized Obama

“I think that there are a lot of CNN viewers who really want to see Trump scrutinized and I think that if we would have behaved that way with President Obama and scrutinized everything that he was doing with as much scrutiny as we applied to Donald Trump, I think they would have been turned off.”

‘Trump was right to say you’re ‘witch-hunting me’

“I think they would have felt we were attacking him. I’m not saying that all our viewers are super liberals. I just think there is a lot of them and Trump is good for business right now.

“I think the President is right to say ‘you are witch-hunting me’. You have no smoking gun. You have no real proof.”

O’Keefe concludes: “This is about corporate greed and market pressures – managers without integrity; news room bosses without courage and journalists who don’t even leave their desks. The very purpose of journalism is to expose the world for what it is, not make false political narratives in order to make money.”

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