- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

A new video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas posted at Breitbart seems to have captured CNN in a red-faced moment, to put it mildly.

A senior producer, John Bonifield, was asked on camera about his thoughts on the Russia investigation, the one where President Donald Trump is painted as colluding with Russians to skew the election, and then the followup one — where Trump is painted as obstructing the investigation into the unproven collusion allegations.

His response?

“Could be bull—,” Bonifield said. “I mean, it’s mostly bull— right now.”

Oops. That would be a major admission of fake news, wouldn’t it?

Or, as Trump liked to term it: a witch hunt.

Anyway, back to Bonifield. He went on, Breitbart reported: “Like, we don’t have any giant proof. Then they say, well there’s still an investigation going on. And you’re like, yeah, I don’t know. If they were finding something, we would know about it. The way these leaks happen, they would leak it. They’d leak. If it was something really good, it would leak.”

In other words: There’s nothing there. Nothing to see, folks. Go home.

Bonifield goes on to say as much.

“The leaks,” he said, “keep leaking and there’s so many great leaks, and it’s amazing. I just refuse to believe that if they had something really good like that, that [it] wouldn’t leak because we’ve been getting all these other leaks. So, 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.”

But hasn’t Trump committed some crimes — some kind of impeachable crimes?

Shouldn’t Trump be tossed from office in disgrace because of his criminal behaviors?

“I haven’t seen any good evidence to show the president committed a crime,” Bonifield said.

Bonifield also admitted on camera what the left fought so hard to conceal: that foreign interference in elections is all too common.

“Even if Russia was trying to swing an election, we try to swing their elections, our CIA is doing s—t all the time,” he said. “We’re out there trying to manipulate governments.”

Well, no duh to that.

But the media, in its frenzy to take down Trump, worked hard to distract Americans from that fact — and so did the complicit left, intent as it was on getting the country on board with an impeachment.

The release of the video comes as CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, is facing a fake news scandal that led to the resignation of three network journalists. The journalists exited after CNN was forced to retract a story that wrongfully connected a Russian investment company to individuals tied to Trump.

As a result, too, senior-level CNN officials sent word companywide that any stories mentioning Trump and Russia in the same sentence had to be vetted and approved.

Seriously, is there any doubt left the left-leaning media is working hard to take down Trump?

On the video, the undercover Project Veritas journalists asks, “Then why is CNN constantly like Russia this, Russia that?”

And Bonifield’s voice responds: “Because it’s ratings. … Our ratings are incredible right now.”

That pretty much tells all that’s needed to know.

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