On Tuesday, the team at Project Veritas – a right-wing, pro-Donald Trump media observatory – published a sting video showing CNN staffer John Bonifield making a series of admissions. The producer was loose-tongued and evidently miffed at how the network’s president, Jeff Zucker, had canned his pieces to focus on Russia.
“It’s mostly bullsh*t right now (the notion of Trump-Russia collusion). Like, we don’t have any big giant proof,” Bonifield revealed to the reporter secretly filming him.
“So why is CNN constantly like, ‘Russia this, Russia that?’”
“Because it’s ratings… “our ratings are incredible right now.”
Bonifield later explains how wedded CNN has become to its “Red Scare” madness. He describes a meeting in which editors were allegedly instructed by their chief to trade global warming coverage for more Russia derangement.
“The CEO of CNN 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.” By the way, on Tuesday evening, these tapes were confirmed as legitimate by his employer.
With this in mind, let’s be clear about CNN. We are referring to a network which employs a full-time ‘Russia expert’ who has, by all accounts, never been to Russia. Not only that, he can’t speak the language. But he’s brought on air, all the time, pontificating upon a subject he simply doesn’t understand, at the expense of bona fide scholars who have devoted years, if not decades, to getting a handle on the issue.
That’s because CNN likes it this way. You see, the channel has no interest in covering Russia fairly. So, having a one-note show pony on hand to trot out the party line is sufficient, despite its ostensible fealty to fairness. Of course, this flies in the face of its published mission statement to “consider a range of varying perspectives and treat controversial subjects, as well as all other subjects, with impartiality.” Because when it comes to this country, there are only two viewpoints permitted. Either Russia is villainous, or Russia is wicked. And forget about hearing from mister in-between – because he’s absent from the game.