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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Three Employees Resign from CNN Amid Very Fake News Scandal
  • Above:  the now iconic picture of CNN top pundits with very long and sad faces the evening Republicans won the recent election in Georgia.  CNN's leftist bias has never been a secret. 
  • CNN is a pro-Democrat activist organization disguised as a news channel, now fully dedicated to attack and bring down the Trump presidency by any means possible - even fake news, if necessary. 
  • Even though CNN has at its disposal a wide array of correspondents and media resources all over the world, it obsessively narrows its broadcasts to whatever reflects negatively on Trump and his staff - most of it speculation, innuendo and misinformation.  This is a clear case of gross journalistic malpractice.
  • Their nefarious fake news reporting has finally caught up with them, as you can see on the following reports exposing the sordid details of CNN's unethical journalism.
  • CNN has retracted, three staffers have resigned, but this is not the end of it.  Stay tuned. 
UPDATE - VIDEO BY REBEL MEDIA:  CNN's very bad week vindicates Trump  
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Very Fake News Scandal Consumes CNN as Jeff Zucker, Network Flack Refuse to Comment on Russia Retraction to Own Network
The scandal surrounding CNN’s mishandling of a very fake news hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates grows bigger as the network’s president Jeff Zucker and public relations team are refusing to comment to anyone — even to CNN media reporter Brian Stelter — about what happened. 

CNN President Jeff Zucker and correspondent Brian Stelter attend CNN Heroes Gala 2016 at the American Museum of Natural History on December 11, 2016 in New York City.


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American Pravda: CNN
  • CNN "ratings are incredible right now," President Trump "good for business"
  • John Bonifield, CNN Producer Says Russia Narrative "Mostly bullshit right now"
  • "Get back to Russia," Says CEO Jeff Zucker
  • President Trump is Right About Witch Hunt, "No real proof"
  • Comes in Wake of CNN's Russia-Gate Retraction & New Rules on Russia Coverage 
UNDERCOVER VIDEO By Project Veritas 
(NEW YORK) -- Project Veritas has released a video of CNN Producer John Bonifield who was caught on hidden-camera admitting that there is no proof to CNN's Russia narrative. 
"I mean, it's mostly bullshit right now," Bonifield says. "Like, we don't have any giant proof."    He confirms that the driving factor at CNN is ratings:
"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."
Continue reading about the investigation of CNN fake news

According to the CNN Producer, business is booming. "Trump is good for business right now," he concluded.    Bonifield further goes on to explain that the instructions come straight from the top, citing the CEO, Jeff Zucker:
"Just to give you some context, President Trump pulled out of the climate accords and for a day and a half we covered the climate accords. And the CEO of CNN (Jeff Zucker) said in our internal meeting, he said good job everybody covering the climate accords, but we're done with that, let's get back to Russia."

Bonifield also acknowledged: "I haven't seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime." He continues:

"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."
 "To report not on facts, but instead on narratives that yield high ratings, is exactly the definition of fake news," said James O'Keefe. "We said we are going after the media, and there is a lot more to come."

Very Fake News Scandal Consumes CNN as Jeff Zucker, Network Flack Refuse to Comment on Russia Retraction to Own Network 
Stelter, in his Sunday evening newsletter named for the television program he hosts Reliable Sources, credited a Breitbart News investigation with forcing what he admitted is an embarrassing retraction for his employer CNN.

“On Friday evening fully retracted a story after questions were raised about the accuracy of the reporting and sourcing,” Stelter wrote:

The story, by Thomas Frank of the investigative unit, said Congress was investigating a “Russian investment fund with ties to Trump officials.” It didn’t get TV airtime, but it was shared on the web, where it was spotted and scrutinized by Breitbart. On Friday night the story was replaced by an editor’s note: “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled.”  
The editor’s note included an apology to Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci, who was named in the story. The next morning Scaramucci responded via Twitter: “CNN did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on.” Some prominent conservative figures, like Donald Trump Jr. and Sean Hannity, seized on the story as an example of anti-Trump bias and anonymous source malfeasance…
But then, after calling this episode “an embarrassing moment for CNN,” Stelter dropped a neutron bomb on his own employer: He revealed that CNN is refusing to comment on or explain the matter, even to CNN.
“The truth is, there’s still a lot we don’t know,” Stelter wrote. “On Saturday and Sunday I asked CNN PR for details and comment. A network spokeswoman declined to comment as of Sunday evening.”
Stelter called for a full accounting of what went wrong so CNN can learn from its significant mistakes.
“I sometimes complain to my editors about the layers of editing and oversight that exist at CNN,” Stelter wrote. “But these processes exist for good reasons. Determining what went wrong this time will help prevent future damage to the news organization…”
Losing Stelter as a public defender, for now, is a huge moral loss for the network as this scandal grows bigger and casts a wider net internally. His voice joins others, like Breitbart News and BuzzFeed News, in calling for CNN’s public relations team to answer questions about the matter.
As more in the media become aware of the scandal and get involved in covering it as well, especially now that the weekend is over and it’s not getting any better, insiders at CNN worry that this is spiraling out of control quickly.
But that’s not all: Now calls are coming for Zucker himself to stand before the public and press to address what exactly went down here.
Debbie Dooley, a Georgia-based conservative activist with Main Street Patriots and organizer of recent protests against CNN outside the network’s headquarters this month, is calling on CNN’s president to address the network’s recent retraction scandal in an on-camera press briefing before the American public.

“If Zucker demands President Trump’s team answer questions on camera, then he should be willing to hold an on camera press conference and take questions about the Fake News crisis at CNN,” Dooley told Breitbart News on Sunday evening. “Viewers and advertisers should demand it.”
Dooley organized a sizable protest a few weekends ago at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters. The argument that Zucker should answer questions on camera in an on-record televised press briefing comes as CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta and others at the network have whined repeatedly as White House press secretary Sean Spicer moved briefings off-camera this past week.
Acosta and Stelter have hammered the White House for refusing to allow Acosta to aggrandize himself using Spicer or other White House officials as a foil at press briefings.
Others in media, including ex-CNN anchors and reporters like Howie Kurtz and Ed Henry — both of whom are now at Fox News — have criticized CNN for Acosta’s and Stelter’s and others’ over-the-top reactions to the White House decision. Spicer himself, in an interview with Kurtz, said that Acosta’s silly games are “sad.”
But, now the game that Stelter and Acosta have played with the White House seem to backfiring more on CNN at a time when the network cannot handle any more problems.
“Why does CNN even care about on camera briefings when they run ridiculous made up fake news stories?” Dooley told Breitbart News. “I am really beginning to wonder if Baghdad Bob is calling the shots at CNN. Jeff Zucker should definitely answer questions about the lack of journalistic integrity at CNN.”

Dooley added that more and more protests are planned outside CNN and that her growing group will continue to hammer the network President Donald Trump has identified as a “very fake news” network until they stop reporting fake news.
“We plan on protesting CNN every month as long as they report fake news,” Dooley told Breitbart News.
This crisis represents one of the biggest the network has ever faced. Late last week it was forced to retract the very fake news hit piece it ran on President Trump and his associates Anthony Scaramucci and Stephen Schwarzman.
The piece inaccurately alleged that Scaramucci and Schwarzman were under investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Treasury Department for supposed ties to what is actually a completely normal Russian investment fund.
It turns out that not only is the Senate Intelligence Committee not investigating the matter, as Breitbart News discovered from sources close to Senate GOP leadership, but the Treasury Department looked into the matter and determined unfounded allegations that originated with far-left-wing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to be “without merit.”
Insiders have blamed Warren’s staff and the staff of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for pushing the very fake news to CNN, something CNN has not denied nor has Warren’s staff.

Harris’s staff did deny the charge, but her spokeswoman’s claim of certainty that nobody in the office spoke to CNN or was involved in pushing this out — made just a couple hours after an initial request for comment — strains credulity since it would be highly unlikely the spokeswoman could have spoken with every Harris staffer in that timeframe.

The now-retracted CNN piece, which was originally published late Thursday night, was deleted from the internet on Friday night originally without explanation. Then, an editor’s note was added to the original link announcing the retraction of the story. The editor’s note apologized to Scaramucci.
“On June 22, 2017, published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund,” CNN said in the late Friday night editor’s note. “That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted. Links to the story have been disabled. CNN apologizes to Mr. Scaramucci.”
It’s worth noting that CNN did not apologize to Schwarzman or President Trump, or others maligned in the hit piece it retracted.
More than two days later now, CNN has offered no public explanation for what it did or why, who was responsible, and what editorial changes will be made as a result. In fact, CNN has offered no public comment whatsoever other than the editor’s note appended to the retraction.

And as a result of the network’s continued silence on the matter, it finds itself embroiled in scandal two days after the retraction in a mishandling of the matter that has now compromised the network’s coverage of the entire Russia scandal altogether.
CNN’s president Zucker, both Breitbart News and BuzzFeed News have confirmed, is leading an internal investigation into what went wrong and who was responsible.

As BuzzFeed reported, both Zucker and the head of HR at CNN are now “directly involved” in the internal investigation. The report from BuzzFeed also noted that “people will be disciplined” because the network’s handling of this scandal in the words of a CNN insider to BuzzFeed is a “massive, massive fuck up.”

It is unclear if the reporter on the byline of the retracted story, Thomas Frank, has been disciplined in any way. It is also unclear if he is still employed by the network. Questions are also swirling around Frank’s use of social media to provide political advice to the House Democratic conference — something supposedly objective reporters are not supposed to do — another damning fact for which CNN has thus far had no comment.
It is unclear which editors published the hit piece, who handled the retraction, why the retraction was done late Friday night, and whether consequences will be handed down to those people — and what such consequences will be.
All these questions and more continue dogging CNN until Zucker and the network’s public relations team answer them fully and completely.
CNN corporate spokeswoman Emily Kuhn has repeatedly refused to answer such detailed questions on the matter and is refusing to provide Zucker — the head of the internal investigation — for an interview. She has also refused to answer when asked by Breitbart News if Zucker will be, as Dooley is calling for, stepping in front of television news cameras for an on-camera press briefing on the scandal engulfing CNN.
What’s more, CNN has apparently altered its internal editorial processes for all “Russia-related content,” per a staff memo that was leaked to BuzzFeed.
“No one should publish any content involving Russia without coming to me and Jason [Farkas] first,” CNNMoney’s executive editor Rich Barbieri wrote in the internal email to all editorial staff. “This applies to social, video, editorial and MoneyStream. No exceptions. I will lay out a workflow on Monday. Thanks.”
The email was headlined “IMPORTANT: Russia-related content.”
Sources inside CNN tell Breitbart News that the leadership of the company is scrambling internally to determine who is leaking the information out of the network to news outlets like BuzzFeed News and Breitbart News, but they cannot find the leaks since hundreds of employees work there and most are upset with the way Zucker and others in senior management are handling this.
What’s more, insiders say, the longer Zucker and CNN’s public relations team hold out in providing a clear, concise, and detailed explanation to the public about what happened, the more likely it is that Zucker himself will be dragged into the throes of this scandal.
Some inside the network are hoping Zucker himself appears publicly to explain this and answer questions and clear it up once and for all. It remains to be seen if he will.
But reporters, editors, producers, and anchors at the network alike are all concerned this badly mishandled scandal has now tainted anything the network covers on Russia, and they are worried that any scoops it would normally get will go to other news outlets instead.
They fear that sources will cut them off because of the significant hurdles the new editorial processes will place in front of stories getting published, and even if reporters can compete with other outlets and get past the hurdles, this scandal stains all of the network’s Russia reporting.
The restrictions on use of social media when it comes to “Russia-related content,” as revealed in the leaked memo, are also infuriating many CNN editorial staff who do not like the constricting nature of Zucker’s management.


CNN Mess Unfolding: Carelessness Internally Spreads Scandal as Very Fake News Stains High Level Talent

The trail of damage left behind in the wake of the resignations of three top CNN editorial officials is hurting many senior top CNN talent, as well.

 AP Photo
CNN investigative unit editor Eric Lichtblau, one of the officials who resigned after his involvement in a very fake news piece with reporter Thomas Frank and investigative unit chief Lex Haris, was on the byline of another fake news piece that CNN published prior to former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this month.
Also on the byline were The Lead with Jake Tapper anchor Jake Tapper, chief CNN political analyst Gloria Borger, and CNN politics producer Brian Rokus. The piece turned out to be entirely inaccurate as to what Comey would actually say in his testimony before the committee.
A source with knowledge of the matter told Breitbart News that Tapper’s inclusion on the byline is not his fault and was entirely accidental. He had, this source says, emailed around to CNN’s team a different detail he learned from a source about Comey’s forthcoming testimony—not the detail that Comey was, as CNN inaccurately reported, going to testify that President Donald Trump’s claims Comey told him multiple times he was not under FBI investigation were untrue.
Other CNN staff apparently added Tapper to the byline on the piece without his knowledge. It is as of yet unclear how Borger or Rokus were added onto the byline.

CNN spokeswomen Emily Kuhn and Lauren Pratapas have not responded to requests for comment or to requests to interview Tapper and Borger—two of CNN’s highest profile on-camera personalities. Tapper refused to comment when reached by email from Breitbart News, and he referred Breitbart News to Pratapas for interview requests and other details.
The anonymously-sourced story that included Lichtblau, Tapper, Rokus, and Borger on the byline claimed in its headline that “Comey expected to refute Trump” in his Senate testimony. As The Hill newspaper’s Joe Concha wrote in a piece afterwards, the CNN report inaccurately claimed: “The CNN report said Comey was expected to dispute President Trump’s claims that Comey said he was not under investigation on multiple occasions.”

This “reporting” on CNN, based on unnamed sources, per Concha “said Comey’s conversations with the president ‘were much more nuanced,’ and that Trump drew the wrong conclusion.”
Essentially, they reported that Comey was going to testify that he did not tell President Trump he was not under FBI investigation—as Trump said he repeatedly did in a letter to Comey informing him he was fired. That turned out to be entirely untrue. Comey testified that he did in fact inform President Trump he was not under investigation, and that President Trump was telling the truth.
As such, CNN’s piece from Lichtblau, Borger, Tapper, and Rokus was—after Comey’s testimony supported Trump’s account of the matter—updated and a correction was appended.
“CORRECTION AND UPDATE: This article was published before Comey released his prepared opening statement,” the correction reads. “The article and headline have been corrected to reflect that Comey does not directly dispute that Trump was told multiple times he was not under investigation in his prepared testimony released after this story was published.”
The new headline changed the focus of the story: “Comey unlikely to judge on obstruction.”

Per Concha’s story, before the embarrassing correction that set the predicate for this larger very fake news scandal consuming CNN network-wide now, Borger actually peddled the inaccuracy on television.
“Comey is going to dispute the president on this point if he’s asked about it by senators, and we have to assume that he will be,” Borger said on live television on CNN, per The Hill article. “He will say he never assured Donald Trump that he was not under investigation, that that would have been improper for him to do so.”

It does not appear that Borger has ever apologized for making that inaccurate statement on television, and it does not appear that CNN made the same correction it did online on television.

Traditionally, outlets that believe in journalistic integrity make corrections and retractions and updates in the same medium that a mistake was made. CNN did make a correction to this online, but it did not on live television, where Borger pushed the inaccuracy.
Multiple sources network-wide, and many CNN insiders, tell Breitbart News the editorial staff at CNN is widely embarrassed at the way the network has handled this and most want more accountability and transparency from CNN leadership.
The very fake news scandal inside the network exploded late last week after CNN was forced—following a Breitbart News investigation— o retract an entirely inaccurate hit piece on President Donald Trump and his associates Blackstone’s Stephen Schwarzman and SkyBridge Capital founder Anthony Scaramucci.
The false piece, published late Thursday last week and retracted late Friday night after Breitbart News’s investigation, alleged inaccurately that Trump and his associates were under Treasury Department and Senate Intelligence Committee investigation for supposed ties to a Russian investment fund. It turns out neither allegation is true, as Breitbart News discovered in its investigation of the inaccurate hit piece.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is not investigating this matter, as Breitbart News discovered, and the Treasury Department already looked into it and determined it to be “without merit.”
The allegations stemmed from a conspiracy theory that far-leftwing anti-Trump “resistance” movement leader Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) hatched in the annals of her U.S. Senate office back before Trump was inaugurated, when she pressed now Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to look into the matter. It turns out, as Breitbart News’s investigation found, Mnuchin’s team did and determined it to be a farce.
CNN on late Friday, as a result of Breitbart News’s investigation, deleted the article off the internet, then issued a retraction and apology to Scaramucci. CNN has still not apologized to President Trump or to Schwarzman or to others inaccurately maligned in the hit piece.
The shoddily-handled matter at CNN has eventually resulted in the resignations of Lichtblau, an editor in CNN’s investigative unit who joined the network this year from the New York Times, and reporter Thomas Frank, as well as investigative unit chief Lex Haris. But the handling of the matter from CNN as a network has been very problematic.
After the poorly-handled retraction, CNN sources leaked to BuzzFeed a document detailing the beginning of company-wide changes to its “Russia-related content” editorial processes. Zucker, along with the head of CNN’s HR department, began an ongoing internal investigation into the matter. But CNN public relations, including CNN corporate spokeswoman Emily Kuhn, have refused to answer any questions publicly about the matter.
They have refused to provide Zucker, the network president and head of the internal investigation, for any interviews and continue to hide him away from the public eye despite calls from many—including the son of President Trump, Donald Trump, Jr.—for him to appear in an on camera press briefing to answer questions about the biggest scandal that has faced the network yet. CNN public relations originally actually refused to comment to the network’s own media reporter, Brian Stelter.
The report of the three resignations first surfaced in the Washington Post under media reporter Erik Wemple’s byline. The CNN statement there and in the subsequent CNN piece from Stelter did not include on-record statements, only anonymous spokesperson statements or statements from “CNN.”
It has also left many questions, including how this process played out—in which CNN went three days without answering questions about this—and exactly who is responsible and if these decisions encompassed only the three officials who resigned.

The findings and nature of CNN’s supposed internal investigation are still officially secret, save for sparse CNN leaks, and exactly what went down and how this scandal—which has now been critiqued by President Trump himself via Twitter on Tuesday—metastasized to where it is now, are still secretive.
CNN has also not detailed for the public and its viewers and readers what exactly it is doing internally editorially to prevent future scandals, and it continues to refuse to answer what will happen with others who are connected to this very fake news debacle.
Meanwhile, a video from James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas published early Tuesday breathed even fresher life into the burgeoning network scandal—already the worst in CNN’s history and perhaps the worst in journalistic history period.
The video shows a senior CNN producer based in its Atlanta headquarters admitting that there is no evidence to back up the Russia scandal with which CNN has hammered President Trump, that it appears to him the President has not committed any crime, and that CNN is under orders from Zucker to change the conversation from newsworthy topics like the administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords back to the Russia scandal to hurt Trump and boost ratings.
He even says in the video that he believes President Trump is right to believe the media is “witch hunting” him on Russia, and that if there were proof of any wrongdoing by the president, it would have leaked by now.
CNN issued a statement to the Hollywood Reporter standing by the producer who made these comments, John Bonifield.
“CNN stands by our medical producer John Bonifield,” CNN told the Hollywood Reporter’s Jeremy Barr in an anonymous statement. ”Diversity of personal opinion is what makes CNN strong, we welcome it and embrace it.”
Kuhn, CNN’s corporate spokeswoman, has refused to answer when asked by Breitbart News whether the network believes that the CNN producer’s comments are representative of the prevailing viewpoint inside the network and among its corporate leadership.

President Trump’s White House believes that CNN’s complete collapse over the past 100 hours is vindication for the president and his agenda. Sebastian Gorka, deputy assistant to the president and former national security editor for Breitbart News, appeared on Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM Patriot 125 on Tuesday morning calling this whole scandal vindication for Trump and his allies.
“I think this is the day when the left rues ever coming up with the phrase ‘Fake News,’ because now we have the evidence. We have the consequences of systematic generation of Fake News, happening at the epicenter of one of the places that was producing the most of it,” Gorka said on the program.
This is the latest in Breitbart News’s ongoing investigation of CNN. More information is forthcoming.


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