Eleven data points tracking CNN's Russian Federation "fake news" story - and its retraction - concluded on Tuesday with a gleeful President Donald Trump going after other news media for their Russian Federation coverage, too.
The new restrictions come after CNN on Friday retracted a story that connected, a prominent ally of President, to a Russian investment fund managed by a Kremlin-controlled bank.
In a story on CNN's Money web site, CNN's Brian Stelter said internal meetings at the network did not go so far as to say the story was outright wrong.
Elsewhere, Project Veritas had posted a video on YouTube purporting to show a CNN Health supervising producer talking about the ratings-driven nature of cable news' focus on the Russian Federation story.
CNN published the story, which was attributed to one anonymous source, on Thursday and took it down a day later, saying it did not meet editorial standards.
Thomas Frank, who wrote the piece, Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the investigative unit, and Lex Haris, an editor at CNN since 2001 who oversaw the unit, are all departing following a management review of the story. The retracted CNN story was heavily dependent upon one anonymous source. "Ratings way down!" he tweeted Tuesday morning.
Just days before the video's release, three journalists at CNN resigned after a Russia-related article based on unsubstantiated claims was published.
Bonifield's comments show that a proper investigation would encompass CNN's culture and would begin at the top.
Trump also called out several other television networks - except for Fox News - as well as the New York Times and The Washington Post, and wondered when they, too, would be "caught". CNN officially retracted the story June 23 and issued a formal apology to Anthony Scaramucci, the subject of the story.
CNN's Jim Acosta gets into nearly daily skirmishes with White House press secretary Sean Spicer over questions about the administration's transparency.
CNN said in a statement that it is standing by Bonifield.
"The Russia thing is just a big nothing burger", Jones says on the video, apparently unaware he is being filmed. O'Keefe and his website have a long history of aiding Republican causes, often with the use of hidden cameras.
CNN responded to the tweet by citing the network's high ratings in the wake of the around-the-clock coverage of the Trump administration. "They're looking for something more, and I think they deserve something better from our news media".