"CNN Caught Cold" In Undercover Sting - Producer Admits Russia Fake News Story Pushed For Ratings

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: President Trump has noted the series of CNN 'Fake News' stories once again...

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Content originally published at iBankCoin.com

The investigative journalists at Project Veritas have done it again! Known for their undercover sting operations, such as the one which exposed the DNC's highly organized network of professional agitators sent to disrupt Trump rallies, voter fraud, or the undercover operation which led to the arrests of Antifa thugs planning to disrupt an the inauguration "deploraball" event.

This time, the organization led by James O'Keefe has infiltrated CNN...


A PV journalist covertly filmed a candid discussion with CNN [health] producer John Bonifield, where the "Very Fake News" network employee admitted that the whole Russia story against President Trump is nothing more than a ratings grab by CNN's CEO Jeff Zucker - based on the fact that most of CNN's liberal audience wants to see the President go down in flames.

Bonifield also admitted that he hasn't seen any evidence of President Trump committing a crime.

John Bonifield: Even if Russia was trying to swing an election, we try to swing their elections, our CIA is doing shit all the time, we're out there trying to manipulate governments.


I haven't seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.


I know a lot of people don't like him and they'd like to see him get kicked out of office.... but that's a lot different than he actually did something that can get him kicked out of office.

Russia is for ratings!

PV Journalist: Why is CNN constantly like "Russia this, Russia that?"


Bonifield: Because it's ratings. Our ratings are incredible right now.


My boss, I shouldn't say this, my boss yesterday we were having a discussion about this dental shoot and he was like I just want you to know what we're up against here. Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords. For a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN [Jeff Zucker] said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we're done with it. Let's get back to Russia.


But 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.

True feelings about Russia...

John Bonifield was asked directly what he thinks about Russia... and responded with what many on the right have been saying for months; If it was something really good, it would have already leaked:

PV Journalist: But honestly, you think the whole Russia shit is just bullshit?


Bonifield: Could be bullshit. I mean, it's mostly bullshit right now. Like, we don't have any giant proof. Then they say, "well there's still an investigation going on." I don't know, if they were finding something we would know about it. They way these leaks happen, they would leak it. They'd leak. If it was something really good, it'd leak.


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."




UPDATE: Full video here:



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cheech_wizard's picture

It's amazing what those folks at Disney Animatronics can come up with. Do you have any idea how much the Melania model would set me back?

PrintemDano's picture

Who says he isn't?  BTW calling him Drumpf shows you too have been brainwashed by the fake news consortium.  What's Mom making for dinner?

Sky flyer's picture

Waited all morning for ZH to report this. Big bombshell.

Dank fur Kopf's picture

Love Project Veritas. Legit, old school investigative journalism.

SoDamnMad's picture

Somebody is going to really embarass Trump at the G-20 meeting.  Hope he doesn't push anyone big.  Would Putin do a judo flip on him?

Dg4884's picture

"We said we are going after the media, and there is a lot more to come."

- James O'keefe

CNN is the new TMZ.

Sky flyer's picture

I am entertained

Sanity Bear's picture

Sounds like fraud - with malice - to me, the kind that normal people would be arrested for.

shovelhead's picture

The difference being is that they don't take money out of your pocket.

That's their advertisers gig. We should go Alinsky on them and boycott all CNN advertisers.

Don't buy products from Company's that sponser fake nooze.

PhysicalRealm's picture

This is more recent - CNN advertisers from November 2016:


Please, someone out there who still has cable: please make a current list.

Cman5000's picture

Total war on these clowns. The last week or so the Democratic party and the media have lost the narrative they're now caught in a vise of their own making reap the whirlwind. 

T-NUTZ's picture

this is why they call it "Programming".



Winston Churchill's picture

There are limits ti 1a, crying "the Russians did it", in a crowded country for money(ratings) seems clearly outside its


WTF Mr. AG Sessions.

1stepcloser's picture

pull it!  From cable Carriers

VK's picture

Are you not entertained?

logicalman's picture

I am definitely not entertained.

Truth is important, not something to be ignored or made light of.



vegas's picture

So Jason, about that raise you were expecting ...



Last of the Middle Class's picture

How does CNN even have an FCC license?

gregga777's picture

Because it's cable not broadcast over the air.

MrSteve's picture

For years now, it has been the Clinton News Network. This story just puts that moniker on a brass plate.

otschelnik's picture

Zucker means "sweet" in Yiddish.  This Russian narrative sure hit the sweet spot for CNN, ratings were sweet, the snowflakes were on a sugar high, yea, life for CNN was a big zukertort. 

gregga777's picture

Sucker means sucker in English and we aren't talking about lollipops.

DuneCreature's picture

Was Seth Rich working for the Russians all along? .. Or was Mr. Rich an Awan Brothers Pakistani Intelligence (ISI) plant? ......... Or was he undercover CNN the whole time?

I'm confused and I need to be told what to think here.

Someone told me Seth was even a fired McDonald's French fries night chef. ...... http://truepundit.com/awan-brothers-house-dems-hired-a-fired-mcdonalds-w...

So what is it? ..

IT or the little it? ... Or night shift Drive-Thru chef?

Live Hard, Someone At Langley Is Going To Have To Issue An Official Statement And Tell Us What To Believe So We Don't Get In Trouble And Get Thrown In Prison Passing Along The Wrong Lie, Die Free

~ DC v7.0

headhunt's picture

Hey! I was fired from McDonald's too.

Something about my Grandmother dying for the 3rd time (Sorry Grandma) and not showing up for work.

We Are The Priests's picture

Surely, alcohol and/or drugs must've been involved.  I was fired when I called in to work--hungover as shit, of course--and used the excuse of having to attend my father's funeral and my boss said, "Wait a minute, I thought your father died last year."  Ooops.

TeaClipper's picture

Or Mosad operative. Dont forget the tribe, after all he is very much a part of it. And personally although i love watching George and the team at work, i am still unsure just how deep in Mosad George is. I also have trouble with Georges appeal to the bad guys to cool it and let the rat lines and corruption return to the good old days. George needs to give us an explanation about that statement. Oh and lets not forget, George is a died in the wool Bernie Sanders supporter, a fucking communist for goodness sake, he also seems more than a little sweet on Obama as well, frequently making apologies for him by trying to convince us Obama was nothing but a patsy.

DuneCreature's picture

All good points, TC.

You will notice I actually didn't mention George Webb or Crowd Source the Truth in that post (which means he is going viral so that phase of my promoting his exposure is now on auto-pilot.)

Yes, I have my issues with GW too. ...... Good Mossad? .. No such thing as far as I'm concerned. .......

I've chased off two separate Moosehead observation and/or dirty tricks teams from my back yard just in the last 12 months. ....

(You think I like having these assholes on my perimeter, George Webb? ... Maybe they are just using me and mine for training purposes but I don't care. .. They are worrying the Ms., making the neighbors wonder and generally pissing me off. .. Nobody likes fucking snoops.)

I think George can still be of great value to the rest of us out there walking point and kicking over rocks. .... He is exposing a lot corruption and bad behavior, you have to admit that. .....

WHY can't we see Seth Rich's death certificate? ... Stuff like that wouldn't even be on the radar if it wasn't for George Webb.

Exploit what George hands us, TC. ....

Cherry pick his intel and not let him feed us bullshit about Barry O Traitor.

Live Hard, Use The Enemy Strengths To Your Own Advantage, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

TeaClipper's picture

Yeh agreed he is turning over a lot of rocks,  and im as hooked as most people are who follow him and Jason. I'll continue watching and learning. Same with Jake Morphonios for me, i love watching the guy but the religious angle really grinds my gears

DuneCreature's picture

I hear ya.

My gear synchronizers are taking a beating too.

Live Hard, Good Thing I Am Reasonably Good At Double Clutching Coming Into The Corners, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

Great Deceivah's picture

Funny this shill is still metioning George "Berniecrat" Webb Sweigert..

Let's quote the Webbtard hero from his own YT video comments:

Day 224.3. Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen


>I am a zionist, so i admit **i protect Israel in the story.** Israel supports the ISIS ratline (75% of Israeli line is from the ratline i believe) But i don't believe they are involved, etc. My big focus is to get all the emails, not to shame Israel. The emails are the key to the investigation IMO.

Just like i said before, All of his "research" is carefully constructed to divert attention from AIPAC / Israel's involvement in the corrupt US government, and in organ, women and child trafficking

Anyone with half a brain can figure out the Awan Brothers were employed by Mossad through AIPAC.. they were really patsies working on gathering info for the state of Israel, of course neither George or the zionist Gayson Joodman are going to mention this.

DuneCreature's picture

Here is a man you need to know about if you don't already.


I couldn't agree more with Brendon O'Connell......and you.

O'Connell has a bunch of good informative videos here:


AIPAC and the dual passport holders have completely taken over the US government and they are in the process of stealing everything they can and destroying what they can't haul off.

That doesn't make the Awan Brothers any less culpable.

Live Hard, It Just Makes Them Underling Pirates In The Same Cut Throat Pirate Gang, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

hedda.lettuce's picture

Who cares if he's mossad? most are. you're CHOOSING to ignore the information through all the noise.

I blame people like you who should know better because you can't deny your own internal need to bitch and moan.


logicalman's picture

Questions, questions.....

WHY can't we see Seth Rich's death certificate?

If there was any semblance of rule of law in US the government would be unable to selectively hide shit like that.

THEY use the law to commit crime, to quote The Specials.


(Bernie Rhodes knows. Don't argue!)

Why must you record my phone calls?

Are you planning a bootleg LP?

Said you'd been threatened by gangsters

Now it's you that’s threatening me

Can't fight corruption with con tricks

They use the law to commit crime

I dread to think what the future'll bring

When we’re living in gangster times

(Don't call me Scarface!)

Don't interrupt while I'm talking

Or they'll confiscate all your guitars

Catch 22 says if I sing the truth

They won't make me an overnight star

Don't offer us legal protection

They use the law to commit crime

I dread to think what the future'll bring

When we're living in real gangster times

(Bernie Rhodes knows. Don't argue!)

WillyGroper's picture

"WHY can't we see Seth Rich's death certificate?"


cuz he's not dead.

the whole mess has all the hallmarks of a FF.

same goes for scalise.

hedda.lettuce's picture

You have to try a little harder not to be so naive and programmable. It's idiotic to assume he supports something simply because he doesn't dig into it. wtf...

The reason he avoids some conspiratorial topics is to avoid the black holes of disonfo that gets real investigation bogged down in noise. There is also SO MUCH going on that he can't cover even a fraction of it if he tries to have a conversation about all of it. And you can bet he has to streamline and filter his info for the masses... it's all a public process now.

He suggests "let's get back to the smaller-scale rat line business" because the CIA funny business from the good ol' days was focused and relatively harmless (with a few primary exceptions) and games for little boys. Unfortunately, now, it's big business, it is unfolding on national tv on a daily basis and slowly engulfing our entire existence. The games are far more complex and sinister and global. And TPTB are losing control. The machine needs to be recalibrated.

You're wifully ignorant to believe that any president or cabinet are anything but patsies, puppets. Or maybe you're stupid? Emotional, for sure. This is why Trump is so threatening... he's an anomaly, unpredictable, but there are ways he will also be controlled. Time will tell.

It's naive to think we ever had a life without corruption or that we ever will. What he's angling for is to get it out of the mainstream. Like MANY, many other people, he's a bernie supporter because of the corruption of the two political parties in this country that are really two tentacles of one gigantic cephalopod master. You've all been conditioned to believe there are two opposing forces and the manufactured differences of the "enemy" do more to obscure truth than anything else. Congratulations. I blame you for this mess. You know better.

Baron von Bud's picture

The Awan brothers were running a kickback scheme. They charged the govt super high salaries and billed for fake employees. The overcharges were kicked back to Wasserman and other Dems who used their IT services. It's blatant fraud and just one of many. I'll bet the congress people receiving the kickbacks probably each got $75k/year.

DuneCreature's picture

With all of the ways to steal from dot gov, no-bid contracts, T&M billing, cost overrun guarantee clauses and the floating price points on non-tangibles, it seems a little Bush league to be using straightforward kickbacks.

But then, we are dealing with the DNC and the Clinton Satan Foundation crowd so covering the trail from the point of the heist to the speaking engagement check deposited into the wedding reception fund may not be much of a priory with the Cut Throat Clown Pirate Gang.

Yeah, I can see the scam going down that way, now that I think about it. ... The fewer the jumps the fewer the cuts too.

Live Hard, Thieves ARE Inherently Lazy And Greedy, Die Free

~ DC v6.5

silverer's picture

So are their ratings up or down? I tend to think they're bullshitting themselves a lot. Fake ratings. The last time I watched anything on CNN, it was the Gulf War when Bush was president. Haven't turned it on since. I also got tired of "Dis is CNN".

maydaymalone's picture

CNN = Clinton News Network. It has been since the rapist Bill first threw his hat in the ring, and they continue today. EVERY talking head and every reporter has to pass a Billary loyalty test before they get hired.

How else would you explain the blatant & flagrant bias?

Before Trump was elected, they had their dose of Clinton and Obama propaganda, then they actually reported some news. Now it's straight Crucify Trump, 27/7. I'm willing to bet if they find MH 370, they'll mention it in a 30 second plurb, then it's straight back to attack Trump.

I disconnected my satelitte TV subscription a few weeks ago. I don't miss CNN...not one iota. Goodbye & good ridance.


Disingenious fuckers!


About this CNN supervising producer. I'll bet $1000 he's out af a job tomorrow. I'll bet $500 he's found shot dead, killed in a car wreck or committed suicide within a month. I doubt I'll get any takers.

Northern Flicker's picture

Zucker should be fired - he was in charge.

youngman's picture

It just is more proof that News is not news anymore....its a planned propoganda machine...

We Are The Priests's picture

Television news was never anything but planned propoganda.  Read Neil Postman's book, "Amusing Ourselves to Death--Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business," for more on the subject.

Do us all a favor, though.  Don't buy the book from Bezos.

JackMeOff's picture

Even the Barnum and Bailey Circus finally stopped performing.  CNN is the next circus to go dark.

star_guide's picture

CNN "Fake News" Scandal  https://goo.gl/MLTrCw