People are like the media has an ethical … 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. Especially cable news. Cable news isn’t the New York Times, and it’s not even like NBC News. I mean NBC News still gets 20 million viewers a night. Cable news is getting a million. So, they got to do what they got to do to make their money.
Bonifield also admits CNN treats President Trump much differently than it treated President Obama when he was in office.
“I think there a lot of like liberal CNN viewers who want to see Trump really get scrutinized,” he says.
And I think if we would have behaved that way with President Obama and scrutinized everything that he was doing with as much scrutiny as we apply to Donald Trump, I think our viewers would have been turned off. I think they would have felt like we were attacking him. And I’m not saying all of our viewers are super liberals, I think there’s just a lot of them.
“Trump is good for business right now,” Bonifield adds.
In damage control mode, CNN didn’t bother defending itself, preferring instead to act as if the startling admissions were much ado about nothing.
“CNN stands by our medical producer John Bonifield,” the network said in a statement that made it clear Bonifield is not working on stories about Trump or the wild Russian goose chase. “Diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong, we welcome it and embrace it.”
Nothing to see here; move along.
When the Project Veritas video was discussed at the daily White House presser, Principal White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders criticized CNN’s journalistic malpractice.
The Atlanta-based media outlet has gotten stories about Trump wrong in “multiple other instances,” she said, encouraging people to watch the video.
And I think if that is the place that certain outlets are going, particularly for the purpose of spiking ratings, and if that’s coming directly from the top, I think that’s even more scary and certainly more disgraceful. And I hope that that’s not the direction we’re headed. I hope that outlets that have continued to use either unnamed sources, sometimes stories with no sources at all – we’ve been going on this Russia-Trump hoax for the better part of a year now with no evidence of anything.
Meanwhile, quite apart from Bonifield’s admissions, CNN’s credibility has taken some serious hits.
CNN fired New Year’s Eve host Kathy Griffin after her photoshoot with the fake severed head of President Trump. CNN nixed a documentary series produced by Reza Aslan after he tweeted that Trump was a “piece of shit” and an “embarrassment to humankind” for comments the president made after a terrorist attack in Britain. CNN also formally corrected an error-laden report about former FBI Director James Comey’s congressional testimony.
CNN chief Zucker is reportedly heading an internal investigation into a hatchet-job of a story the network ran with last Thursday but retracted the next day following an investigation by Breitbart News. The withdrawn story, based on a single, unidentified source with unknown motives, claimed Trump transition-team member Anthony Scaramucci was being investigated by the Treasury Department over an alleged meeting he was said to have had Jan. 16 with a Russian government-owned investment fund the source said the Senate Intelligence Committee is probing over possible ties with the Trump administration. Those responsible for the story, CNN reporters Tom Frank and Lex Haris, along with editor Eric Lichtblau, have all resigned.
According to the New York Post, Scaramucci had pondered suing CNN for $100 million for defamation. This comes as the Department of Justice is reviewing AT&T’s proposed $85 billion acquisition of CNN parent Time Warner amid “the widespread belief among media execs that CNN President Jeff Zucker can’t survive a merger.” During the campaign, Trump spoke out against the merger.
The newspaper continued:
Sources said Scaramucci, a frequent guest on CNN to defend the president, was treated like a star at Saturday’s wedding of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Louise Linton in Washington, DC. “Everyone at the White House has been high-fiving each other over Anthony’s success in embarrassing CNN,” one attendee said.
“Trump is thoroughly enjoying this, and Anthony got endless slaps on the back at Steve’s wedding.”
High-fiving seems in order.
Catching a major media outlet fabricating an attack piece on a Republican doesn’t happen every day.
Or does it?
With more videos in the pipeline, James O’Keefe will soon let us know.
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