The video comes a day after three CNN staffers resigned following the removal on Friday of an online story about a supposed congressional investigation into a Russian investment fund and a financier with ties to the Trump administration. Not only was the story retracted but CNN also issued an apology to Anthony Scaramucci, the target of the story.
The cable TV network on Thursday published a story saying that the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee was probing Trump campaign adviser Anthony Scaramucci for allegedly meeting with a Russian investor days before Trump's inauguration on January 20, citing an anonymous source.
CNN said the story didn't meet its editorial standards. Three CNN journalists who had been involved in the story resigned after the retraction.
The New York Times reports that the retraction has led to the resignations of the story's writer Thomas Frank, executive editor of investigations Lex Harris, and investigative editor and reporter Eric Lichtblau.
Anthony Scaramucci, a senior adviser to Donald Trump, talking to reporters at Trump Tower in NY during the 2016 presidential campaign.
About two hours later, Trump continued, tweeting without evidence that CNN was "looking at big management changes" in the wake of the retraction and that its ratings were "way down!"
Trump tweeted that "they caught Fake News CNN cold". CNN immediately apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member who was reported to be involved in the meeting.
As a result, senior-level CNN officials are said to have sent word company-wide that any stories mentioning Trump and Russian Federation in the same sentence had to be vetted and approved.
According to his LinkedIn account, Bonifield has worked in several positions at CNN including as a tape producer, media coordinator, and senior producer for CNN Health; coordinator for CNN Feeds; video journalist, and field producer.
In a video (below) that has emerged online, a CNN supervising producer is heard saying the coverage of President Donald Trump's possible ties to Russian Federation is "mostly bulls***". The man in the video has been identified as John Bonifield but it is not known whether his beliefs are shared by CNN, or if they are his alone.
Friday night, once it was determined that editorial processes were not followed, CNN deleted the story from CNN.com. "Like we don't have any big giant proof", John Bonifield, a supervising producer at CNN, said when asked if the Russian Federation theory is false by an undercover reporter with non-profit Project Veritas.
In another, Trump retweeted someone else's satiric logo FNN - for "the Fake News Network".
He also tweeted a link to the video posted by O'Keefe's Project Veritas.
All three journalists were highly respected and their resignations were said to have come as a surprise to their colleagues. The retracted CNN story was heavily dependent upon on anonymous source. "FAKE NEWS!" Trump tweeted, commenting on the matter.