"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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Singelguy's picture

I don't believe it is for ratings either. CNN's ratings have been dropping like a brick since the primaries ended. There is more going on here.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Written in 1992 - "The Age of Missing Information – by Bill McKibben "

"From Kirkus Reviews

The wonderfully fluent young author of The End of Nature (1989) here softens the lamenting, doomsday tone of that book, counting on impressions of sweet nature to bring us to our senses. By contrasting the shallow information he absorbed by watching more than 1700 hours of cable video--the entire output of the Fairfax, Virginia, cable-TV system--to the deep knowledge he gained from a short camping trip in the Adirondacks, McKibben advances the subversive idea that TV has actually made us less informed by blinding us to the subtlety and power of unmediated experience in nature. ``Time for a swim. I ease myself down from the rocks into the chilly water, feeling the mud between my toes.'' Again and again, McKibben contrasts such quiet, plainly stated sensory impressions, the fruits of 24 hours spent alone atop an anonymous mountain, with the meaningless jumble of ``information'' that pours forth daily from the one hundred channels of the largest cable system on earth. The items he reproduces from TV--extracted from shows ranging from CNN to McHale's Navy to Wild Kingdom--are harrowing in their dumbness or their dramatic exaggeration or their disconnection from reality. What's worthwhile, though, are the arguments that McKibben weaves from these video scraps: that we must abandon mindless consumption for a stable, sustainable economy; that we can learn to draw emotional comfort from being part of a community; that we can learn to savor the physical and aesthetic pleasure that comes with enduring a little rain and cold and effort in our lives. Most of all, McKibben persuades us that there is ``another real world'' out there that also broadcasts around the clock--and that it has the power to transform us if we can stand still long enough to listen to its faint and ancient call. Suffering from bouts of verbal overkill, but, still, a brilliantly lucid and effective challenge to the myth of the Information Age. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


In other words Reality is OUTSIDE. Turn the TV OFF or put together your own "viewing program" on your PC would help you in getting back control of YOUR mind.

montresor's picture

It's one thing to express our anger here.. Let this guy hear from you.. john.bonifield@turner.com

blindfaith's picture

BOYCOTT.  That is your weapon, not the FCC or anyone else.  YOU.  YOU have the choice to support the media and the sponsors or not.  Write the sponsors if you want to. 

I was in Ace Hardward the other day looking for a sealer for a cement crack.  The helpful hardware man pointed me to a new product.  I recognized the product as being advertised on CNN (I suffer at a friends house because he sits there like a fucking programed robot) and told the Ace guy...'I WILL NOT BUY ANY PRODUCT THAT IS SEEN ON CNN, nbc, cbs, etc.  He raised one eyebrow and showd me something else.

Put you frustration and anger to work and BOYCOTT.


See all you crazed liberal left violent asshats, there is a way other than you violent hatefull ways.  And while I am at it, FUCK YOU JONNY DEPT, has been for Disney who I also BOYCOTT.  Imagine Disney employing a person who 'suggested' the idea of assination and then after getting smaked for the comment in the UK, says " I was only kidding".  If Walt was alive, all of them would be on the street.

And all you parents, walk down the cerial isle and see  (loaded with gobs of healthy sugar) the new Disney cerials on the first and second shelves from the floor, adorned with all your kids favorite characters.

apocalypticbrother's picture

Ha. This has been known all along by anyone not brainwashed. There never was a russia story. I hate msm.

wholy1's picture

Jeff [F]ucker is sooo emblamic of the whole rotten corp-media "DISinfotainment" shit-tank.

iamrefreshed's picture

Hey Libtards....President Trump. Taste good uttering those words?

nevertheless's picture

It's not a competition, most Americans have moved on, only idiots are still focused on the election.

Furthermore, Chump LIKE Clinton are Zionist pieces of shit, makes. I difference who is in the White House, still run by the Zionist Jews.

Chump is all about the Middle East, which is all about Israhell. And while Chump is all about Israel, America's borders are wide open!

nevertheless's picture

It's not a competition, most Americans have moved on, only idiots are still focused on the election.

Furthermore, Chump LIKE Clinton are Zionist pieces of shit, makes. I difference who is in the White House, still run by the Zionist Jews.

Chump is all about the Middle East, which is all about Israhell. And while Chump is all about Israel, America's borders are wide open!

kidinwyoming's picture

So this is when the Antifa, left, socialist, progressives turn their anger towards CNN for turning them into nothing more than consumers of corporate bullshit just for ratings, right?  Hope to see some CNN windows smashed and fires lit outside their building.

Robert Trip's picture

CNN news...... FAKE.

Intelligence reports on Syria....REAL.

Repeat this 10 times.

There you go.

PleasedToMeatYou's picture

Project Veritas does effective, important work.  Along with Wikileaks and Judicial Watch they need and deserve our generous financial support. 

Thebighouse's picture

Any false news story is a fine of 2 million dollars toward our national debt.  

Two years to prove it is false...then forget about it...

I don't care if it is a lie on facebook.

2 mill to the debt.


That will stop it.

SRV's picture

Low level "Producer"... will be the excuse for ignoring this story, just like they did with the last MAJOR reveal of a senior Dem Hit Man, who had many WH visits under his belt, had to resign but was never really covered by any of the corp bot media.

Btw, he missed the NBC ratings number... he said 20 million but that's the total of all three networks, and his 1 million was a bit low for cable as at least some are over 2 million for prime time shows (just another way to show he's not really in the know).

Robert Trip's picture

The Fuhrer knew how to deal with despicable pieces of shit like the CEO Jeff Jew, who would lie to the people through his media outlets just to make a fucking buck.

Lord Feverstone's picture

You just know the algorithms on social media were throttled down the moment this video dropped. It's not even trending on Twitter. Facebook has no mention of Project Veritas in their trending section.

We saw this section of the playbook when the Scott Foval/Robert Creamer footage came out in the campaign:

1. Censorship by omission and suppression by algorithm. Ignore as much as possible to buy time, defuse.

2. When video gains some traction, deploy other fake news companies to cast aspersions on O'Keefe. Have "fact checkers" like Snopes call it heavily-edited and out of context, even though you would have to be a moron to see how damning the videos are even if they were out of context.

3. Sacrifice a few scalps but contain the fallout to protect the top brass.

4. When whatever furor there was has died down, sic the lawyers on Project Veritas.

They will try this again.

But fortunately, they can't silence a sitting president. Trump needs to hit this and hit it hard. 

Side note: I wrote an article on the CNN scandal for those interested. http://dystopiausa.com/john-bonifield-cnn-unwittingly-destroy-russia-nar...


Pliskin's picture

CNN = Pull its fucking license already.

Pernicious Gold Phallusy's picture

Just got a text from a friend near Huntsville... "Redstone arsenal is on lockdown with an active shooter.... They have been told to shelter in place."

Barky's picture

O'Keefe is an American hero !!!!!!

Long Live O'Keefe !!!!!!

nevertheless's picture

Okeefe is a Zionist whore, a plant, a paid agitator.

You know Zionist filth because they continue the narratives that divide the American people. Trump, Clinton and Obama are all perfect examples of Zionist whores.

If someone unites Americans or undermines their right vs left narrative, they either ignore them, or destroy them.

kepeli's picture

Television as a whole is sucking the life out of our country. Have you seen some of these sitcoms? For 50 years these television stations have been dumbing down America, and they've succeeded. 

nevertheless's picture

Television is all about dividing the American people, they create the fake labels, " right and left", and then push the divide.

az_patriot's picture

I used to enjoy some TV sitcoms until everything became infested with liberal PC bullshit.  The liberal media uses the media -- and all forms of it, including TV, movies, etc. -- as a spawning ground for their propaganda.  These idiots would make Goebbels proud.  My solution?  Snip!  Cut the cord years ago.  Buh-bye!

GeezerGeek's picture

Even the SciFi shows have been infested. Lesbians aboud everywhere.

I wouldn't mind so much if they'd just take their clothes off and fool around, because then I wouldn't have to pay to visit those sites that cater to this sickness.

Oops, did I just say that? Erase it from your memories, ZHers. I'm still at the stage where I find Princess Summerfall Winterspring sufficient for my tastes. Curiously, the actress who played her was named Tyler. The supposed curator of this site is Tyler. Is there some collusion here we don't know about?

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az_patriot's picture

It's amazing what terrible liars the liberals are.  They're HORRIBLE at it. Yet they get away with it -- because they repeat the same dubious shit day in and day out, and repeat it so often, that not only do they convince themselves their lie is true, they actually convince some of the public.  It's a mental illness.

So here we have clear evidence that CNN knew the Russia narrative was fake, but pursued it anyway.  These aren't journalists -- they're jackbooted propagandists.  The FCC should pull CNN's license without delay.

nevertheless's picture

Oh shut up, as if CNN are "liberal". Drop the Zionist media labels. The media lies, all of it. And CNN is pro-Israel, pro war, pro open borders, non of that is liberal, it is Jewish Zionist and an enemy of Americans, ALL Americans!

az_patriot's picture

Every nook and cranny of CNN, from the top to the bottom, is liberal. 

nevertheless's picture

What does that even mean idiot?

You Zionist filth work very hard to identify Zionism with liberalism, even though they are both mutually exclusive. CNN is a corporation, run by the Zionist CIA and Zionist Jews.

You don't have the facts to point where CNN is liberal so your ilk just keep repeating the lie, hoping it will stick.

CNN is all about Israel all the time. Open borders for America, walls for Israel. Multiculturalism for America, Jewish homogeneous for Israel, globalism for America...CNN is an enemy of the American people, just like trump and Israel.

Mr Hankey's picture

You are a milquetoast caricature of a cartoon of a Limbaugh  dittohead,slurping Bibi's pooper.Do you have any idea how boring you are?

Mr Hankey's picture

You are a milquetoast caricature of a cartoon of a Limbaugh  dittohead,slurping Bibi's pooper.Do you have any idea how boring you are?

Mr Hankey's picture

&What is that avatar  of   yours? I've  never seen that before. Is that  some  kind of corporate logo?

tuetenueggel's picture

You mean Reps are even more terrible or more liars ?

youshallnotkill's picture

"It's amazing what terrible liars the liberals are".

True, Trump is so much better at it. 

Malkavian's picture


Too-Big-to-Bail's picture

This just in folks -- ZH's Tyler Durden caught on tape saying he writes sensational economic armagedden doom porn to increase site visits and internet advertsising sales

Librarian's picture

Senate subcommittee hearings on the extent of partisan payments for fake media propaganda.

It would also be refreshing to finally see senators actually earning their salaries.

Ozlo's picture

I love seing the view count on these stories. Thank God this story is yuge.

Ozlo's picture

I love seing the view count on these stories. Thank God this story is yuge.

Ozlo's picture

I love seing the view count on these stories. Thank God this story is yuge.

BigCumulusClouds's picture

I'll be impressed when someone from CNN admits that they were part of (a) the cover up of the controlled demolition of the WTC buildings on 911 or of (2) the fake Sandy Hook shooting.

Beans's picture

Don't forget the laughable Boston Marathon bombings

silentboom's picture

Our government is a lie, our banks are a lie, our businesses are a lie, our media is a lie because our money is a lie.

nevertheless's picture

Exactly, they like to play us right vs left, but the truth is the more they divide us with their lies, the weaker we get and the stronger they get.

Beans's picture

The (((great deceivers))) have always wanted it thus

redmudhooch's picture

What the happened to the Amerca First and MAGA shit Trump?

Mark my words, if Trump doesn't lock up Hillary obama or any of the other assholes that have turned our country and the world into the miserable shithole it is today,

it will be like when obama didn't lock up any of the assholes that caused the 2008 disaster, he signed his shitty legacy warrant by not doing anything.

You hear that Trump? You will have a shitty obama legacy just like obama, you'll be the worst president in history, right after obama.

Or you could change course and do what you said you would, tell israel to fuck off, and take your balls back from yahoo.

DEMIZEN's picture

i find it amuzing you people still get upset and angry about it. the whole world knows and laughs. it was obvious for a very very long time. even the president is tweeting about it every day and he has the best intel available.

the real tragedy is in the wide spread corruption in all branches of .gov.  that is something we should be worried about. CNN is just a gaylord kabuki talk show. talking doesnt kill.