The first of three recordings were published on April 13 by investigative journalism nonprofit Project Veritas as part of an expose on CNN.
Charlie Chester, a technical Director at CNN, was secretly recorded by Project Veritas through a number of fake Tinder dates set up over the past month. He proposed that if it weren’t for the network’s “propaganda,” former President Donald Trump would have gained the presidential election.
“Look at what we did, we got Trump out,” Chester remarked. “I am 100 percent going to say it. And I 100 percent believe that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out.”
He told the undercover reporter, who pretended to be a nurse throughout the fake dates, that he chose to work at the network because he ”wanted to be a part of that.”
“Our focus was to get Trump out of office, right? Without saying it, that’s what it was,” Chester remarked.
The CNN staffer alleged that his network produced “propaganda” that attempted to help beat Trump in the 2020 election by, for instance, “creating a story” that questioned the former president’s health that “we didn’t know anything about.”
“Trump was, I don’t know, like shaking his hand or whatever … We brought in 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 remarked. “We were creating a story that we didn’t know anything about.”
When asked by the undercover Project Veritas journalist regarding whether the network had any concerns about Biden’s health through the election period, Chester explained that CNN often showed clips of Biden jogging and wearing items such as aviator shades, to “paint him as a young geriatric” and to show that he’s “healthy.”
CNN wouldn’t make news of the incident where Biden was filmed tripping up stairs “a huge story.”
“You talk about that briefly,” Chester told his “date.”
Project Veritas in October 2019 carried an undercover investigation on CNN which conferred staff members saying that all the cable news network covered was left-leaning bias, sensationalism, with an incessant focus on Trump.
Like Chester, they widely blamed their issues with the network on its top leadership, especially CNN President Jeff Zucker.
In one video published by Project Veritas, a CNN staffer said that Zucker “has a personal vendetta against Trump,” at least partly going back to when Trump worked with Zucker on “The Apprentice” reality TV show.