CNN Director: CNN Reporters Manipulate People, Those On TV Have ‘Proven Track Record’ Of Taking ‘Bait’


James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released explosive video on Wednesday in the second installment of their latest #ExposeCNN series. The video showed a CNN director claiming that the network’s reporters manipulate people and that the far-left network only has people go on television who “have a proven track record of taking” the network’s “bait.”

The videos feature CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester speaking to an undercover Project Veritas journalist. The first batch of videos, released on Monday, featured Chester saying that the network worked to get President Donald Trump out of office, that they create “propaganda,” and that they plan to use “fear” to advance their climate agenda.

Chester said that the network is aggressively covering allegations made against Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) “to keep hurting him” because he was a “problem” for the Democrat Party, and that it would be “great” for Democrats if he was removed from Congress.

In the latest batch of videos, Chester said:

  • “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.”
  • “I think there’s an art to manipulation…Inflection, saying things twice — there’s little subtleties to how to manipulate people…I mean, it’s enough to change the world, you know?”

Speaking on ratings from the coronavirus pandemic, Chester said that the way the network covered the pandemic made some people inside the network essentially wish that the daily statistics were “higher,” an incentive structure he said was a “problem” because it was perverse in nature.

Chester said that part of the reason that the network covered the pandemic they way that they did was because “fear really drives numbers” and it “keeps you tuned in.”


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