Undercover Operation Reveals CNN Produced Fake News Story

CNN has been “caught cold” in an undercover sting operation that revealed the network’s fake news story about President Trump’s ties to Russia, was pushed by the CEO of CNN, to maintain the network’s “incredible” ratings.

Known for their undercover sting operations, Project Veritas has – in the past – exposed the Democratic National Committee’s highly organized network of professional agitators sent to disrupt Trump rallies, and exposed instances of voter fraud. This time, the organization infiltrated CNN in search of fake news.

In the fake news operation, an undercover Project Veritas journalist covertly filmed a candid discussion with a CNN producer. In the conversation the network employee admitted that the whole Russia story against President Trump is nothing more than a ratings grab by CNN’s CEO Jeff Zucker. Apparently he is doing so to appease most of CNN’s liberal audience who want to see the President go down in flames.

When asked whether the “whole Russia shit is just bullshit,” the CNN producer responded by saying “it’s mostly bullshit right now.” He continued to say that he thinks the President is probably right to say that CNN is witch hunting him, because at the moment there is no smoking gun, and no proof.

I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime. – John Bonifield, CNN Producer

The CNN story in question was removed from CNN.com in late June 2017, and replaced with an editor’s note that read: “On June 22, 2017, CNN.com published a story connecting Anthony Scaramucci with investigations into the Russian Direct Investment Fund. That story did not meet CNN’s editorial standards and has been retracted.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.”

Three CNN journalists who had been involved in the story about alleged ties between Trump’s allies and Russia, resigned after CNN made the retraction.

Earlier in 2017, Trump called the media “the enemy of the American People!” In the wake of the CNN fake news scandal President Trump also called out several other television networks, including the New York Times and The Washington Post, and wondered when they too would be “caught.”

Unmoderated, Fake Comments Are a Damaging Form of Fake News

Since its emergence, fake news has shown the world that it can take many threatening forms. Aside from fake reviews, one of the most damaging examples of fake news is the unmoderated comments found in blogs, communities, and forums.

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If they are not carefully vetted by an administrator, unmoderated, improperly moderated, and fake comments – like fake news – can convey an incorrect and harmful message to audience members. This is especially true in instances where the reader is seeking information on which to base an important decision, like choosing investments.

Example of Improperly Moderated or Fake Comments

In this example of an improperly moderated comment, a participant named “Matt” claims to be unhappy with the returns he has been earning with a company named Davenport Laroche.

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Wondering why Davenport Laroche had not taken the time to respond to Matt’s complaint, we brought it to the attention of the company. To our surprise, they were already aware of the comment. According to the representative we spoke to, the company has made several attempts to retort, but were being prevented from doing so by the post’s moderator. In the spirit of fairness, we thought we would give Davenport Laroche an opportunity to respond to this improperly moderated comment.

Davenport Laroche Response

We have reviewed our database and identified the owner of this post. The poster has been a client since 2015 and made an annual return of 20.19%. In 2016, he made an average of 19.28%, which I daresay is his best investment.

He states after 12 months he received “absolute zilch”, “nothing at all now for the last 2 months”. This is untrue. His returns have decreased because markets fluctuate, as is clearly stated in Article 5.5 of the contract. He signed it and even if he has read it, he doesn’t understand it.

Every business has good months and not so good months, and to assume that returns will always be high denotes either a lack of commercial experience or naivety. Declaring a company is “a scam” because returns are not to his liking is defamatory. The profile of his account is normal and healthy (we consider an average annual return of 19.28% to be healthy). The contract states clearly that markets fluctuate and most people know that. Clearly the poster is the exception that confirms the rule.

The poster also states untruthfully we have not replied to his emails. My colleague Theo Chamberlain emailed in on the 2nd and 6th of September 2016 to which he did not have the courtesy to reply. He goes on to reveal his credentials as a naysayer by the comment “…and maybe try to even contact them by phone (which I am sure will lead absolutely nowhere).” All he or anyone else has to do is dial our switchboard from 10.00 AM Hong Kong time.

Given the average returns of 19.28% that he himself confirmed he has received I feel his comments are ill considered and frankly “a bit much”.

Final Thought

A comment section of a blog, for example, is very important. It shows that the community is composed of people who think, and are thoughtful. Moderated comment sections are intended to build community and lend deeper insight to the conversation. Although it is not uncommon to see people challenge the beliefs/ideas of the writer and other commentators, moderators have the responsibility to ensure they are not contributing to a fake review and/or fake news.

Alexis Assadi Uses Fake News To Lure People To His Services

Apple CEO Tim Cook has a dire warning about the effects of fake news.

We are going through this period of time right here where unfortunately some of the people that are winning are the people that spend their time trying to get the most clicks, not tell the most truth.

He added that these faux reports are “killing people’s minds in a way.”

One such instance of fake news, written is an article written by a 26 year old amateur “investor, writer, and entrepreneur” named Alexis Assadi. Aside from this, Mr. Assadi is also what members of the Internet community commonly refer to as a “troll.”

A “troll” is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community – such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog – with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response, often for the troll’s benefit. – Wikipedia

Moreover, Alexis Assadi is nothing more than a hired gun who will attack his competitors, or the competitors of the companies he is hired by. One of his most popular tactics is to spread false, misleading information – more commonly known as fake news, in exchange for compensation. Dangerously, this unsubstantiated, fake information forms the shaky foundation for Alexis’ hypothesis about Davenport Laroche.

Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially. Often, the author will use sensationalist, exaggerated, or blatantly false headlines to grab the attention of the audience. With regards to Alexis Assadi and his news about Davenport Laroche, his misleading headline entices investors to visit his website, so they will ultimately employ HIM and HIS financial services; or at the very least sign up for his email newsletter.

Mr. Assadi’s use of fake news and fake reviews to lure investors to his services is shameful. Alexis has no intention of helping anyone but himself. Investors beware!