Striking the country again with its investigative and undercover work, Project Veritas released a brand new series of videos showing Charlie Chester–a technical director for CNN–exposing the network for it’s intentionally biased and misleading coverage of stories and, as Chester put it, ‘propaganda’.
Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out. I am 100% going to say it, and I 100% believe that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out…I came to CNN because I wanted to be a part of that.
He then talked about the coverage of Trump and Biden’s physical health, saying that CNN tried to intentionally shape a narrative that President Trump was ‘losing it’ by bringing in doctors and medical experts, calling it ‘all speculation’. On the topic of Joe Biden, Chester says that CNN actively tries to show clips of him jogging or seeming healthy, and ‘paints’ him as a ‘young geriatric’:
[Trump’s] hand was shaking or whatever, I think. We brought in so many medical people to tell a story that was all speculation – that he was neurologically damaged, and he was losing it. He’s unfit to – you know, whatever. We were creating a story there that we didn’t know anything about. That’s what – I think that’s propaganda.
[On Biden’s health] the whole thing of him running during the entire – like run for the campaign. Showing him jogging is obviously deflection of his age and they’re [CNN] trying to make it like, ‘Oh, I’m healthy’ – We would always show shots of him [Biden] jogging and that [he’s] healthy, you know, and him in aviator shades. Like you paint him as a young geriatric.
Chester then moved onto COVID-19 coverage, where he reveals that CNN often uses the death count numbers to increase ratings, even saying that Jeff Zucker (president of CNN) calls to have the death count put back on the screen. At one point, he even questioned the morality of himself and the network for cheering for a higher death count, because it would ‘make [their] point better’:
COVID? Gangbusters with ratings, right? Which is why we [CNN] constantly have the [COVID] death toll on the side
If it bleeds it leads
I think there’s a COVID fatigue. So, like whenever a new story comes up, they’re [CNN’s] going to latch onto it. They’ve already announced in our office that once the public is — will be open to it — we’re going to start focusing mainly on climate – It’s going to be our [CNN’s] focus. Like our focus was to get Trump out of office, right? Without saying it, that’s what it was, right? So, our next thing is going to be climate change awareness – I have a feeling that it’s going to be like, constantly showing videos of decline in ice, and weather warming up, and like the effects it’s having on the economy – Like there’s a definitive ending to the pandemic. It’ll taper off to a point that it’s not a problem anymore. Climate change can take years, so they’ll [CNN will] probably be able to milk that quite a bit
It’s fear. Fear really drives numbers – [TV ratings], fear is the thing that keeps you tuned in.
Like, why isn’t it [COVID-19 death count] high enough, you know, today? Like it would make our point better if it was higher. And I’m like, what am I f***ing rallying for? That’s a problem that we’re doing that.
The special red phone rings and this producer picks it up. You hear [murmurs] and every so often they put it on speaker and it’s the head of the network being like, ‘There’s nothing that you’re doing right now that makes me want to stick, put the [COVID death toll] numbers back up, because that’s the most enticing thing that we had. So, put it back up.
Be prepared, it’s coming. Climate change is going to be the next COVID thing for CNN
Chester then made various comments on manipulation tactics and reporting methodology used by CNN reporters. He talks about how reporters ask questions, saying they are ‘not actually asking any questions,’ and are ‘telling people what to say’ instead. After mentioning different methods of manipulation, Chester says there is an ‘art’ to it, and compares the way CNN reporters talk to gaslighting and manipulation:
CNN Technical Director: Listenin to the way the ask questions, because they’re not actually asking any questions.
Undercover Journalist: Who?
CNN Technical Director: Any reporter on CNN — what they’re actually doing is they’re telling the person what to say… It’s always like leading them in a direction before they even open their mouths. The only people that we [CNN] will let on the air, for the most part, are people that have a proven track record of taking the bait
Like, you ever meet someone you feel you’re being gaslit by? Start to listen to how they word things. I think there’s an art to manipulation – Inflection, saying things like twice. There’s little subtleties to how to manipulate people… It was a plan, and I think this time it worked, with, like, the Trump thing.
He then exposed a narrative CNN is – according to him – pushing intentionally to target Representative Matt Gaetz:
If the agent say, is to get like, Matt Gaetz right now, he’s like this republican, he’s a problem for the Democratic Party because he’s so conservative and he can cause a lot of hiccups in the passing of laws and what not, so it would be great for the Democratic Party to get him out. So we’re (CNN) going to keep running those stories to keep hurting him and make it so that it can’t be buried and like just settled outside of court and just like, you know, if we keep pushing that, it’s helping us (CNN).
That’s propaganda because it’s helping us (CNN) in some way.
On the topic of race, Chester acknowledges that CNN ‘just [isn’t] saying anything’ about stories that feature individuals who’s skin color isn’t white. After researching the topic of anti-Asian hate crimes, he noted that much of the culprits are black men, where he asked ‘what are you doing?’ and commented that he (and CNN) is ‘trying to help BLM’, and the ‘optics are not good’:
I was trying to do some research on the Asian hate, like the people [who] are getting attacked and whatnot. A bunch of black men have been attacking Asians. I’m like ‘What are you doing? Like, we [CNN] are trying to help BLM.
The optics of that are not good. These [are] little things that are enough to set back movements, because the far left (later corrected himself to conservatives) will start to latch on and create stories like ‘criminalizing an entire people,’ you know, just easier headlines that way, I guess.
I haven’t seen anything about focusing on the color of people’s skin that aren’t white. They (CNN) just aren’t saying anything. You know what I mean?
You can shape an entire people’s perception about anything [depending] on how you do it.