Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Wednesday that there was a “first time for everything” when he said he agreed with CNN commentator and political activist Anthony Kapel “Van” Jones who said out of context that the Russia story was a big “nothing burger.”
Jones was “caught” making the statement in a sting video by conservative viral video provocateur James O’Keefe, for his second installment of “Project Veritas.” The video showed the liberal-leaning and outspoken anti-Trump talking head from CNN making an offhand comment to a hidden camera and unidentified interviewer.
Van Jones speaks during #JusticReformNow Capitol Hill Advocacy Day at Russell Senate Office Building on April 28, 2016 in Washington, DC.Photo: (Leigh Vogel/Getty Images)
However, the lack of context and the questionable journalistic process didn’t stop Donald Jr. and others from conservative media from spreading the story as proof that CNN is intentionally pushing a false narrative about Russia and the Trump campaign. It also spawned a new set of images that attacked CNN.
The first video in the “Project Veritas” series was an undercover video with CNN supervising producer John Bonifield released on Wednesday. Bonifield told an unidentified interviewer that Trump was good for business and that the story was “mostly bulls—.”
During the White House Press Conference, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged the reporters in the room to watch the first video with Bonifield.
“There’s a video circulating now, whether it’s accurate or not, I don’t know, but I would encourage everyone in this room and frankly everybody across the country to take a look at it,” Sanders said before taking the opportunity to slam CNN.
“If it is accurate, I think it’s a disgrace to all of media, to all of journalism. I think that we have gone to a place where if the media can’t be trusted to report the news, then that’s a dangerous place for America,” she said.
President Donald Trump has long called the investigation into his campaign’s meddling with Russia a “witch hunt” and decried CNN as the “Clinton News Network” during the campaign and “Fake News” in the subsequent months.
Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa Trump wait for the start of the third U.S. presidential debate at the Thomas & Mack Center on October 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tonight is the final debate ahead of Election Day on November 8.Photo: (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)