CNN Admits to Propaganda Awareness.
The CNN chief personally intervened to order cable network personnel to report the number of people who died from COVID-19 in the broadcast, according to CNN's technical director who was caught with a hidden camera taking the remarks.
The goal was to increase ratings, the director said. He explains that 'fear really drives the numbers' en 'that is what attracts attention'.
“COVID? Success story with reviews, right? ”
“That's why at CNN we constantly monitor the COVID death toll and keep track of how many people die every day. Which I have a big problem with. ”, Charlie told Chester, in the video to a reporter from Project Veritas, an undercover journalism nonprofit.
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Sometimes, Chester said, he was told by his producer that if he reported a lower number of deaths, the head of the network would step in.
“The special red telephone rings and this producer picks it up. You hear [murmur] and every now and then they put it on the speaker and it is the owner of the network saying: “There is nothing you are doing right now as a reason not to get fired. Put the COVID death toll + numbers back on because that's the most attractive thing we have. So put them back on ”Chester said in the video published April 14.
He didn't name names, but the CNN chairman is Jeff Zucker.
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"Look what we did, we got Trump out," Chester said. 'I'm going to be honest. I believe 100 percent that had it not been for CNN, I am not convinced Trump would have been voted out. “
He called the network's efforts 'propaganda'.
“Our focus was to get Trump out of office, right? Without saying it, that was it, ” he said.
As an example, he said that CNN was `` making a story '' that questioned the former president's health.
“Trump was, I don't know, it was all speculation that e.g. like he shook a hand or whatever ... we brought in so many medical people who all wanted to tell a story that he was neurologically damaged, that he was losing , he's unfit for it, you know, whatever ”, Chester said.
"We were making a story we didn't know about."
When the reporter asked if the network had any concerns about Biden's health during the election period, Chester said CNN often showed clips of Biden jogging and wearing aviator goggles, `` portraying him as a young senior citizen and show that he is “healthy”.
CNN wouldn't make a "big story" of the incident where Biden was filmed climbing the stairs and falling.
"You talk about that briefly." Chester said.
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Veritas previously conducted an undercover investigation into CNN October 2019, which revealed staff members said the network was left-biased and relentlessly targeting Trump at the expense of other topics.