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On Tuesday, video spread featuring a CNN employee saying the network relies on the coronavirus pandemic for ratings and the head of the network calls in to force producers to put the death toll on screen when he’s bored by CNN programming. Project Veritas published this explosive, secretly recorded video.

The man on the video was identified as CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester, a self proclaim CCN watchdog group, saying he decided to work with the network because it focused on removing former President Donald Trump. Chester also credited CNN as a critical tool to electing Biden.

“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,” the man said in one portion of the video.

Mediate, a source close to CNN said that Chester was speaking to someone off-camera at unknown locations. He was targeted through the dating app Tinder. The unidentified Project Veritas employee went on a total of five dates with Chester.

“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,” a CNN technical director said on secretly recorded video, he noted that he finds himself strangely rooting for the death toll to rise to help CNN’s narrative.

A person off camera said, “Well, I mean, it helps with ratings,” but the CNN staffer fired back, “Oh course, yeah, but at what expense? But, I have a job.”

The director shed light on how the network has milked the pandemic for ratings, in the second installment of what’s billed as a three-part #ExposeCNN campaign from the right-wing guerilla news outlet Project Veritas.

“Fear really drives numbers. It does, you know, the happiest days in news, people, I would imagine, turn it off … fear is the thing that keeps you tuned in,” Chester said in the secretly recorded video.

Chester said “the head of the network” decides how long the death count remains on screen.

“I’ve been in the room many times where my director tells me to take it down, and I take it down, and then we get a phone call, the batphone rings in the back, literally a red phone, like the special red phone rings, and they pick it up and this producer picks it up … every so often they put it on speaker, and it’s like the head of the network being like, ‘There’s nothing that you’re doing right now that makes me want to stick, put the numbers back up, because that’s the most enticing thing that we had,’” Chester said, presumably referring to hands-on CNN President Jeff Zucker.

The video after Project Veritas then cut to another CNN staffer who was secretly recorded.

“It’s most likely a Jeff Zucker call,” CNN graphics producer Rachelle Hoffmann said.

CNN have not provided any statement yet about the video.

While similar videos are sometimes deceptively edited and taken out of context, many comments made by Chester throughout the video are longer clips that feature him speaking in clear sentences.

Chester went on to bash his employer’s “if it bleeds, it leads” programming strategy.

“I think, no one ever says those things out loud, but it’s obvious based on like the amount of stories that we do. Like the fact that we have a segment called ‘The Good Stuff,’ which is a feel good thing, but it’s a dedicated moment at the end to like, almost like be the ice cream to alleviate everything you’ve been through, like something sweet to end it with,” Chester said. “Everything else is like doom and gloom.”

Hestor boldly told the undercover Project Veritas reporter, “IF it bleeds, it leads,” adding, “Sad news doesn’t do well with ratings, unless it affects them directly—like COVID.” He told the reporter that CNN was actually wishing for higher death numbers to keep viewers going to their fake news network. He also admitted that “There’s no such thing as unbiased news,” saying, “The only people we let on the air are those people who have a proven track record of taking the bait.”

“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.”
Chester’s online profile said his work “played an integral part” in 2020 presidential election coverage before it was deleted.

Network news producers, politicians, and members of private political organizations are unaware they are being recorded while making statement previously released by the often-controversial Project Veritas. This frames itself as a whistleblower watchdog group.

Watch it here: Project Veritas


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4 Responses

  1. Lisa

    this should be against the law, misleading and outright lying to the American People…cnn needs to crash and burn

  2. Robert Higginbotham

    CNN is just an arm of the democrat party. They lie and make up news to scare the public and to divide the public. The entire party, along with all the media that support them have one thing in mind. They want a one party country the same as Russia, China and Iran.


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