1. What weight should we place on the latest James O’Keefe Project Veritas sting video? I detest O’Keefe, whose methods are unethical and whose bias is manifest. Nonetheless, what he catches he catches: like the Wikileaks leaks showing Donna Brazile cheating for Hillary, we can’t pretend that damning evidence doesn’t exist because it has been obtained and released unethically.
To track O’Keefe’s latest, I had to search through multiple websites that I don’t trust, like (yuck! pooie!) Breitbart, because the liberal-biased sources either aren’t covering the story or aren’t covering it thoroughly, because, I assume, “There but for the grace of God go we!”, and everything the stung CNN producer said might have been said by someone in their shops as well.
And, of course, since they are not happy about the #1 Get Trump plot by the Democrats and the news media flopping like a dying mackerel on the deck, they want to hide the story from the public as much as they can.
2. Here is the most publicized part of the surreptitiously shot video’s text, which occurs after CNN producer John Bonifield is asked about the Trump-Russia story and the investigation.
“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. 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…. The leaks 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 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.”
If any of this surprises you, then you really have to get your ethics alarms checked and your IQ-lowering biases treated, because all this has been obvious except to logic and fairness-deprived members of “the resistance,” Hillary bitter-enders, and people who think CNN and MSNBC are trustworthy. Like most Project Veritas videos, this one only confirms what progressives have denied for political reasons, thus rendering themselves untrustworthy.
3. I was more interested in another quote caught on the video, one which was harder to find because most reporters and bloggers don’t think ethics is newsworthy. After describing a CNN meeting in which reporters were told by CNN brass to stop covering the climate accords with the directive, “Let’s get back to Russia!”, Bonifield says,
“It’s a business, people are like the media has an ethical phssssss…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.”
“All the cutesy little ethics…”
4. Several of those untrustworthy conservative sites that I had to use because the untrustworthy liberal sites (that are where the real journalists are, say the conned, gullible, partisan and dishonest) weren’t reporting the whole story wrote descriptions like “CNN producer admits …”
While I have no doubt that this is, in fact, how CNN (and ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post and Fox, et al.) think, this is still an opinion by one man. He can’t “admit” anything on behalf of CNN.
5. CNN’s reaction to the sting video is still so disingenuous that it is funny, especially following the fake Russia collusion story the network released last week leading to a retraction and the firing of three reporters:
“CNN stands by our medical producer John Bonifield. Diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong, we welcome it and embrace it.”
See how they slipped “medical” in there, to suggest that this veteran producer is just spitballing and really has no clue how CNN’s political reporting works or what the culture is in his own organization? Then we have the virtue-signalling progressive buzz-word “diversity”, as if desirable diversity includes “employees who shoot off their mouths to strangers and spill the beans about how unethical CNN is” and those that have some sense and discretion.
And does anyone believe that CNN welcomes and embraces this story?
Question: if a network responds with a blatant lie like this, why would anyone trust its news reporting?
6. It has also been interesting to watch the unstung mainstream media (so far) try to spin this horrible period for CNN into a positive. Ann Althouse mocked this section the Washington Post column by the paper’s media writer, Eric Wemple, “Three CNN employees resign over retracted story on Russia ties”:
Critics will long cite this episode as evidence that CNN is precisely what Trump has called it — “fake news.” Yet the departure of three journalists immediately following a mangled story provides a counterpoint to this particular slander. Purveyors of fake news, after all, don’t take drastic personnel moves following a bogus story. They rejoice in it.
“They got caught! Publicly. They had to put on a show that they don’t tolerate fake news. That’s exactly what a purveyor of fake news would do.”
7. Meanwhile, President Trump is tweeting about all of this like a giddy junior high schooler, when he should be just sitting back, nodding and smiling.
What an idiot.