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COVID is ‘gangbusters with ratings’: CNN employee alleges in another Project Veritas video

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Following Project Veritas publishing a video Tuesday of a CNN employee alleging—while being secretly recorded—that the network’s “focus” during the 2020 presidential election “was to get Trump out of office,” the activist group has released a follow-up video on Wednesday of the same employee. In “Part Two”, he makes claims regarding COVID-19 and CNN’s ratings, among others.

RELATED: Project Veritas video: CNN employee said network’s ‘focus was to get Trump out of office’ in 2020

“COVID? Gangbusters with ratings, right?” CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester can be seen telling someone who’s off-camera at the start of the highly edited video, followed by a replay of the remark. “Which is why we [CNN] constantly have the [COVID] death toll on the side, which I have a major problem with – with how we’re tallying how many people die every day.”

The video then cuts to Chester saying: “Like, why isn’t it high enough, you know, today? Like it would make our point better if it was higher. And I’m like, what am I f—ing rallying for? That’s a problem that we’re doing that.”

Here are some other quotes from Chester that stood out:

  • “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.”
  • “It’s fear. Fear really drives numbers [TV ratings] … Fear is the thing that keeps you tuned in.”
  • More quotes can be found in the video and in Project Veritas’ report on its website.
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The release of “Part Two” came exactly 24 hours after the release of the first part, as well as after Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe saying Tuesday evening that he was going to sue CNN after host Anna Cabrera slandered Project Veritas for “misinformation.”

RELATED: Project Veritas Founder: ‘I’m going to sue CNN for defamation’

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BREAKING: Trump ordered to pay over $350M, barred from operating his business in NY in civil fraud case ruling

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Former President Donald Trump and his business empire faced a significant setback as a New York judge ruled against them in a civil fraud case brought by New York Attorney General Letitia James. The 92-page ruling, handed down by Judge Arthur Engoron, barred Trump from operating his business in New York for three years and imposed over $350 million in damages.

The case, which unfolded over months of trial proceedings, stemmed from allegations that Trump inflated his assets and engaged in fraudulent practices. Engoron’s ruling cited a litany of charges, including persistent fraud, falsifying records, issuing false financial statements, and conspiracy to commit fraud.

Moreover, the judge imposed restrictions on key figures within the Trump Organization, including Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, barring them from serving in certain corporate roles in New York for a specified period.

Engoron’s scathing assessment of Trump’s testimony during the trial further undermined the former president’s credibility. The judge criticized Trump for evasive responses and irrelevant digressions, highlighting the detrimental effect on his credibility.

In response to the ruling, Trump’s attorney, Christopher Kise, lambasted the court’s decision, alleging political bias and a disregard for established legal principles. Kise argued that the evidence presented during the trial failed to support the allegations of fraud and emphasized Trump’s substantial net worth.

Kise’s assertions were echoed by Alina Habba, another attorney representing Trump, who denounced the verdict as a “manifest injustice” resulting from a politically motivated witch hunt.

Throughout the proceedings, Trump consistently dismissed the trial as politically motivated, accusing both Engoron and James of partisan bias. His legal team also criticized the absence of a jury in the trial, questioning the fairness of the proceedings.

Attorney General Letitia James, who spearheaded the lawsuit against Trump and his organization, portrayed the ruling as a victory for accountability and transparency in business practices. The lawsuit alleged fraudulent conduct and sought substantial financial penalties, a portion of which would contribute to the state treasury.

The fallout from the case extends beyond Trump and his business interests, with implications for the broader business community and the rule of law. The contentious nature of the trial and its outcome underscored deep divisions and raised questions about the integrity of the legal system.

Trump vows to appeal the decision.

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