CNN staffer says network ‘trying to help’ Black Lives Matter in secretly recorded video
Undercover Project Veritas gets CNN staffer to open up about network strategy
Project Veritas continued to cause headaches for CNN on Thursday when it published another secretly recorded video featuring network technical director Charles Chester discussing how his employer manipulates coverage to fit its liberal agenda.
"I was trying to do some research on, like, the Asian hate, like the people are getting attacked and whatnot. A bunch of Black men have been attacking Asians. I’m like ‘What are you doing? Like, we are trying to help BLM,’" Chester said in the video.
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Chester noted that "conservatives" would pounce if it was reported that Black people were the ones committing hate crimes because it wouldn’t coincide with the Black Lives Matter movement.
"That’s not good. The optics of that are not good. These little things like that are enough to set back movements," the CNN employee continued while speaking without realizing he was being filmed.
The undercover Project Veritas reporter then asked Chester if it’s "normal" for the mainstream media to only focus on the skin color of a mass shooter if the suspect is White.
"I haven't seen anything about focusing on the color of people's skin that aren't White," Chester answered. "[CNN] just aren't saying anything. You know what I mean? They’re just not, all of a sudden that story loses a little steam from it. They just like leave it be."
Chester later said media is "propaganda," a notion he’s repeated throughout the series of undercover recordings from the right-wing guerilla news outlet.
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"You can shape an entire people’s perception about anything on how you do it," he said. "Just by forcing a story, to help like, your platform, you know?"
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The network has ignored multiple questions about whether Chester remains an employee.
Earlier this week, Project Veritas published an explosive video of Chester boasting that CNN helped defeat former President Donald Trump and even calling his own employer "propaganda."
"Look at what we did, we got Trump out," Chester said in a celebratory tone. "I am 100 percent going to say it. And I 100 percent believe it that if it wasn't for CNN, I don't know that Trump would have got voted out."
In the second installment of the three-part #ExposeCNN campaign from Project Veritas published Wednesday, Chester shed light on how the network has milked the pandemic for ratings.
"COVID? Gangbusters with ratings, right? Which is why we constantly have the death toll on the side, which I have a major problem with, how we’re tallying how many people die every day," he said on secretly recorded video, noting that he finds himself strangely rooting for the death toll to rise to help CNN’s narrative.
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Before it was deleted, Chester’s online profile said his work "played an integral part" in 2020 presidential election coverage.
The often-controversial Project Veritas, which frames itself as a whistleblower watchdog group, has previously released what it claims to be hidden camera footage of network news producers, politicians, and members of private political organizations making statements while unaware they are being recorded.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.