Medical producer for CNN, John Bonifield was seen on a secret video recording calling the investigation into president Trump and Russia "Mostly bullshit right now".
In a statement released Tuesday, shortly sfter the video was published online by the conservative project Veritas website, a spokesperson for CNN said "CNN stands by our medical producer John Bonifield. Diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong, we welcome it and embrace it."
Published online Monday nighr, shows John Bonifield saying " I just feel they really don't have it (proof of collusion) but they want to keep digging.
He continued, "And so i think the president is probably right to say, 'Look, you are witch hunting me.' "
Bonfield also says in the video that the federal investigation into whether Trumps 2016 campaign colluded with the Russian government "could be bullshit" and that it's "mostly bullshit right now."
The project Veritas video was produced without Bonifield's knowledge of being recorded but my sympathies are lost on a person willing to lower themselves to such a level to work for CNN, a tactic the websites founder James O'Keefe has used before to uncover supposed wrongdoing by liberals and Democrat.
O'Keefe's website confirms The organization said the audio was secretly recorded in 09 by an anonymous source inside CNN's Atlanta headquarters.
The released audio includes comments from current and former CNN employees; Joe Sterling, Arthur Brice and Nicky Robertson.
The network's intent to misrepresent polling data to influence viewers is summed up well in this exchange;
Informant: “I read a CNN poll that was taken on June 26 and 28th, and I know that the hearing for the case, the fire fighters case was on the 29th, so the poll was done right before it, and those are still the poll results we’re reporting. So I asked someone in D.C. who does the poll results about why we hadn’t updated it, and said there were a few newer polls from last week and the week before and there’s CBS news polls and a Rasmussen poll, and he said we don’t use Rasmussen. And I said, does CNN plan to do another poll if we’re only using that? He said we’re not going to be doing another poll; those are the results we’ll be using. So I don’t see how that’s reporting all sides because that poll said hold for release until Friday the 10th.”
Arthur Brice: “Who did you talk with?”
Informat: "Paul [CNN’s Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser].”
Arthur Brice: “Yeah, he’s your director. Yeah, he’s pretty high up in the food chain. I agree. I think it’s dishonest to use outdated information if new information shows something that is in variance with what you’re reporting. It’s just, it’s dishonest.”
Project Veritas told WND its new video highlights a few of the discussions at CNN headquarters.
Project Veritas said another conversation developed over poll numbers regarding Sonia Sotomayor, who was appointed by Barack Obama to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Informant: “This wasn’t released until two weeks after. So can we say a newly released poll?”
Joe Sterling: “No, you can’t say that. You can’t say that at all. This isn’t a newly released.”
Informant: “But it says newly released on Friday.”
Joe Sterling: “I know, how did we write about this? Did we write a wire about this?”
Project Veritas says that in “the secretly recorded tapes, CNN’s liberal, anti-Republican, and anti-Fox News bias is clear.”
Nicky Robertson, then an assignment editor, said: “Fox News, I think Fox News is unbearable. It’s horrible.”
“Project Veritas is determined to expose malfeasance, corruption and wrongdoing,” said O’Keefe.
Project Veritas said it's releasing all the raw footage so the public can help: "In order to expose media malfeasance within CNN, we need your help transcribing, investigating and connecting the dots on these 200+ hours of audio."
The group noted that some of the people recorded in the 2009 audio now are higher up in the CNN hierarchy, and "their ultimate goal" was "influencing the public." - Something many of us have been aware of for a long time but had no real solid proof, until now. . .