Right-wing investigators Project Veritas released a video on Tuesday which they claim shows a CNN staffer talked with an undercover journalist about the political motivations his network had during the 2020 presidential election.
The staffer, whom Project Veritas claims is CNN technical director Charles Chester, even said he believed some of what his channel did amounted to “propaganda.”
Watch the full video below.
Absolute BOMBSHELL from @JamesOKeefeIII & Project Veritas
A Tech Director at CNN is on camera admitting that they ran a “propaganda” operation to get Trump out of office
This is what REAL election interference looks like
RT to expose the frauds at CNN! pic.twitter.com/b3c9Sn0c20
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 13, 2021
Alleged CNN Staffer Admits To Propaganda
While such undercover videos sometimes are deceptive in how they are edited and sometimes have not fairly included the words spoken in their proper context – and Project Veritas has been accused of such in the past – comments made by Chester in the video show him speaking in complete sentences at length.
Mediaite described the video as such:
As is the case with videos made from source material captured from hidden cameras, one should approach the final product with a healthy dose of caution. Post-production editing is a dark art that can materially change the meaning and context of many things that seem obvious at first blush. (See Daily Show field segments from the aughts as an example.) But in this instance, there are enough examples of full and complete comments made by Chester that were clearly not crafted out of thin air, or misleading editing tricks.
In one portion of the video, Chester claimed that CNN was “creating a story” that made viewers question Trump’s health that “we didn’t know anything about.”
Chester called CNN’s coverage “propaganda” to help make sure Trump lost the election.
“Trump was, I don’t know, like shaking his hand or whatever… we brought in like so many medical people to like all tell a story that, like, it was all speculation that he was like neurologically damaged, that he was losing it, he’s unfit to, you know, whatever,” Chester said.
“We were creating a story that we didn’t know anything about,” he admitted.
Conversely, Chester said CNN strived to make Biden look healthy.
“We would always show shots of him jogging… him in his aviator shades and like you paint him as a young geriatric,” Chester said of Biden.
Chester said that now that Trump is out of office, CNN’s next mission will be to use fear to sell climate change.
CNN: We’re the most trusted name in news
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) April 13, 2021
Chester: ‘Look At What We Did, We Got Trump Out’
“Our focus was to get Trump out of office,” he said. “Without saying it, that’s what it was, right? So our next thing is going to be for climate change awareness.”
“Do you think it’s going to be just like a lot of like fear for the climate?” the undercover journalist asked.
“Yeah. Fear sells,” Chester replied.
The journalist then asked, “Who decides that?”
“The head of the network,” Chester answered.
“Who’s that? Is that Zucker?” the journalist followed up, referencing CNN President Jeff Zucker.
“Zucker, yeah,” Chester replied affirmatively.
In another part of the video, Chester says in an excited tone, “Look at what we did, we got Trump out.”
“I am 100% going to say it,” Chester continued. “And I 100% believe it that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out.”
I love the new Project Veritas videos because they show CNN directors talk exactly like everyone always thought CNN directors would talk
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) April 13, 2021
Coordinated Effort To Attack Rep. Matt Gaetz
Chester also made claims to the effect that CNN is deliberately targeting pro-Trump Florida Republican Matt Gaetz.
“If the agenda, say, is to get, like, Matt Gaetz right now, he’s like this Republican,” Chester began. “He’s a problem for the Democratic Party because he’s so conservative, right? And he can cause a lot of hiccups in passing of laws and whatnot. So, it would be great for the Democratic Party to get him out. So we’re 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.”
Fox News reports that CNN has not responded to a request for comment about the story.
Who Is Chester?
The Sinclair Broadcast Group says they have been “unable to confirm the identity of Chester, and CNN has not yet responded to our requests for comment or provided confirmation of the man’s employment with the 24-hour news channel.”
Sinclair also says “Chester reportedly does not have any say in the channel’s content direction.”
According to Mediaite, “A source close to CNN tells Mediaite that Chester was targeted by Project Veritas via the dating app Tinder, in which his dating profile included CNN.”
Framing their work as that of a whistleblower watchdog group, Project Veritas has released many videos over the years in which the group claims to have caught figures of significance saying newsworthy things while not realizing they are being recorded.
And it’s not Project Veritas’ first run-in with CNN.
In February, founder James O’Keefe said he was going to “sue the hell” out of CNN over CNN anchor Ana Cabrera labeling Project Veritas an “activist group.”
In 2020, the group also released video they claim shows CNN’s private internal morning editorial conferences. The Washington Post reports that CNN believed such recordings may have broken the law.
Project Veritas says that Tuesday’s video is just part one of the a three part #ExposeCNN campaign.
Here is the full video released by Project Veritas:
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