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CNN technical director admits to pushing COVID panic and using death tracker to do it

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 4/14/2021 Andrew Mark Miller
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A CNN technical director was documented on an undercover video admitting to peddling fear about the coronavirus pandemic and using the daily death tracker on the screen to do so.

“COVID? Gangbusters with ratings, right? Which is why we constantly have the death toll on the side … Let’s make it higher,” CNN technical director Charlie Chester told an undercover journalist, according to the political action group Project Veritas.

“It's fear. Fear really drives numbers [TV ratings] … Fear is the thing that keeps you tuned in,” Chester added.

Chester seemed aware that what he was saying was controversial, acknowledging that “no one ever says these things out loud.” Chester also declared there is “no such thing as unbiased news” and that it “doesn’t exist.”

The conversation between Chester and the undercover journalist includes the CNN staffer recalling a situation where the “special red phone” would ring, and on the other end of the line, network President Jeff Zucker would instruct the network to “put the [COVID death toll] numbers back up” because “that’s the most enticing thing we had.”

The video of Chester was part two in a series of undercover videos released by Project Veritas and comes a day after part one showed the CNN staffer admitting that his network’s goal was to get Trump out of office.

“Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out,” Chester said to an undercover journalist. “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.”

It is not clear whether Chester is still employed by the network, and CNN has not responded to multiple requests for comment from the Washington Examiner.

Tags: News, CNN, Media Bias, James O'Keefe, Project Veritas

Original Author: Andrew Mark Miller

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