Liberal Credibility: CNN and the American Public

Newly released undercover footage shows a supervising producer for CNN admitting that the Trump-Russia connection media coverage is “mostly bullshit.”  The video was a recorded conversation between CNN’s medical unit, John Bonifield, released by Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe. The hidden camera footage has him recorded saying, “I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the president committed a crime.” What he’s referring to is the allegation against current US president Donald Trump that his 2016 election victory was captured by Russian hackers who interfered with the voting system.

John Bonifield in another portion of the video says, “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.” He adds later, “You have no smoking gun, you have no real proof.”

The video was shot by several people working for Project Veritas, who had managed to make their way into CNN. The edited conversations took place in several locations in Atlanta. It goes without saying that John Bonifield did not know he was being recorded.

It should be noted that the editor of the video, O’Keefe, is known as a conservative who makes these kinds of videos. here is how he’s described by The Hill:

O’Keefe is a conservative provocateur who has produced a number of controversial undercover videos. He has at times been criticized for releasing videos that were selectively edited to portray people in a negative light. O’Keefe has also donned costumes in past videos as part of undercover projects to get people to talk on camera.

In 2010, he was sentenced to three years of probation, 100 hours of community service and a $1,500 fine after he plead guilty to misdemeanour charges stemming from entering Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D-La.) office on false pretenses.-

The video has already been criticised as being highly edited to be misleading. New York Times writer Sopan Deb questioned O’Keefe’s recording saying there’s a, “better than 90 percent chance” the videos “were deceptively edited.”

“One guy’s private comments, by the way, judging from the source, that there is a better than 90 percent chance they were edited deceptively,” Deb added.

This comes on the heels of the resignation of three CNN journalists who created a story about a link between Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci to a Russian investment fund under congressional investigation. CNN apologised and retracted the story because it lacked any real evidence of collusion between the two. The story was based upon the claim of a single anonymous source which has provided no actual evidence of the claim.

In announcing the resignation of the three journalists — Thomas Frank, who wrote the story (not the same Thomas Frank who wrote “What’s the Matter with Kansas?”); Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Eric Lichtblau, recently hired away from the New York Times; and Lex Haris, head of a new investigative unit — CNN said that “standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published.”

That’s not all. CNN was also forced to issue a correction earlier in the month when several of their on-air personalities claimed that as James Comey testified before Congress, he was going to deny the allegations that he told Trump that he was not the target of any investigation. When this proved not to be the case, CNN was forced to correct themselves on the matter.

“An earlier version of this story said that Comey would dispute Trump’s interpretation of their conversations. But based on his prepared remarks, Comey outlines three conversations with the president in which he told Trump he was not personally under investigation.”

There are two currents in US society that are is producing all of this.

Firstly, the liberal media has been unable to come to terms with the fact that Hillary Clinton legitimately lost the election to Donald Trump. There are competing groups within the capitalist class which seek to carry out their interests. Those elements are unhappy with Trump as president and will wield whatever influence they can to discredit his presidency in order to forward their own interests. This desire has led to shoddy reporting by several liberal news outlets, not just CNN. The attacks against Donald Trump in alleged connection to Russia are being based on weaker and weaker grounds.

Secondly, the section of the American public which identifies as liberal is in a mode of denial. They’ll be the first to claim that the US is a homophobic, sexist, and racist place. There certainly can be no denying this. Yet, at the same time, they can’t seem to wrap their heads around the idea that such people would vote for a homophobic, sexist, and racist person. It’s almost as if the liberal public is saying, “we’re a bad country, but we’d never vote for a bad person.” The logical disconnect here is astounding. They admit the country is bad, it does bad things, it’s supported by bad people – but those same bad people couldn’t choose a bad leader.

All of this is really just an excuse to try and get rid of a president they don’t like. To be sure, there’s ample reason not to like Trump. But these same people need to accept the fact that they lost. They need to start focusing on defeating Trump’s policies in an honest way. They need to stop blaming Russia for their own failings. Liberals have lost a lot of credibility carrying out this witch hunt against Trump. It’s high time they get back to carrying out real, honest political struggle.