2017 Project Veritas' CNN tape
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On June 26, 2017, James O'Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, published secretly-recorded conversations between an undercover staffer and John Bonifield, a CNN producer at the network's medical coverage team. Bonifield is seen criticizing CNN's coverage of the Donald Trump-Russia connection, claiming that CNN's coverage of Trump boosts its ratings and that the Trump-Russia connection is "mostly bullshit". In the same video, Bonifield, who is not part of the network's political coverage team, also states that he has not come across enough evidence to incriminate Trump and that Trump may be right in saying that there is a "witch-hunt" targeting him. In a statement, CNN said it "stands by" Bonifield and supports its employees expressions of personal opinion. Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders advised during a White House press briefing that "everybody across the country to take a look at it".
- "Donald Trump's Press Aide Attacks CNN During Briefing". TIME. 27 June 2017. http://time.com/4835743/donald-trump-aide-sarah-huckabee-sanders-attacks-cnn/.
- "CNN shrugs off Veritas video as Trump lashes out at network". USA Today. 27 June 2017. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2017/06/27/cnn-shrugs-off-veritas-video-trump-lashes-out-network/432423001/.
- "New O’Keefe video shows CNN producer calling Russia coverage ‘mostly bull----’". The Hill. 27 June 2017. http://thehill.com/homenews/media/339632-new-okeefe-video-shows-cnn-producer-calling-russia-coverage-mostly-bulls***.
- "Sarah Huckabee Sanders tangles with reporter at White House briefing". Politico. 27 June 2017. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/27/sarah-huckabee-sanders-brian-karem-media-attack-240016.
- "POLITICS Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells 'everybody across the country' to watch video of CNN producer calling Russia coverage 'bull----'". Business Insider. 27 June 2017. http://www.businessinsider.com/sarah-huckabee-sanders-video-cnn-health-producer-russia-coverage-bulls***-2017-6.
- "CNN finds itself in Trump's 'fake news' crosshairs". LA Times. 27 June 2017. http://www.latimes.com/business/hollywood/la-fi-ct-cnn-retraction-20170627-story.html.