Following two videos published this week by Project Veritas of a CNN employee making a series of allegations about the network pushed “propaganda” in its news coverage, the guerrilla journalism on Thursday released “Part 3,” in which the same employee alleges that CNN is “trying to help” the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the latest video, CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester talks to an off-camera Project Veritas journalist in a secretly recorded clip about the network’s coverage of the astronomical surge in anti-Asian hate crimes since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, alleging that CNN isn’t covering how a lot of these attacks have been committed by Black people.
“I was trying to do some research on the Asian hate, like the people [who] are getting attacked and whatnot,” he said. “A bunch of Black men have been attacking Asians. I’m like ‘What are you doing? Like, we [CNN] are trying to help BLM.’”
“The optics of that are not good,” Chester continued. “These [are] little things that are enough to set back movements, because the far left will start to latch on and create stories like ‘criminalizing an entire people,’ you know, just easier headlines that way, I guess.”
“I haven’t seen anything about focusing on the color of people’s skin that aren’t white,” he also said. “They [CNN] just aren’t saying anything. You know what I mean?”
“You can shape an entire people’s perception about anything [depending] on how you do it,” Chester said.
Notably, in New York City—where anti-Asian hate crime skyrocketed almost nine-fold in 2020 compared to the year prior—only two of the 20 people arrested in 2020 in connection with these attacks were white, according to New York Police Department data analyzed by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, as the congressionally funded VOA News reported late last month. 11 of them were Black, six were white Hispanics, and one was a Black Hispanic.
“I thought it was jarring,” said Brian Levin, executive director of the center, noting that the finding runs counter to assumptions made by many that perpetrators of anti-Asian hate are mostly angry white men who blame China for the COVID-19 pandemic, according to VOA News. Many have blamed former President Donald Trump for helping to spur anti-Asian sentiments by repeatedly and continually calling COVID-19 the “China Virus”.
This latest Project Veritas video comes as anti-Asian hate has received a dramatic increase in attention—especially after a white man last month murdered eight people, six of whom were Asian women, in a string of Atlanta-area mass shootings at multiple massage parlors and salons, sparking nationwide and worldwide protests against anti-Asian violence. Coupled with this is the recently renewed focus on police brutality and anti-Black racism following an officer on Sunday fatally shooting Daunte Wright, a Black man who was pulled over for driving an SUV with expired license plates, which has sparked back-to-back nights of protests and riots in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar kicked off House Foreign Affairs Committee
Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar was voted off the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday. The action was expected, as Republican members of Congress had criticized Omar’s antisemetic and anti-American rhetoric.
After intense debating on the House floor, the resolution passed with a 218-211 vote. Democrats attempted to pull the race card, accusing Republican House members of racism for removing Omar from the committee.
Omar also accused House Republicans of racism, saying, “I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa…Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”
“There is this idea that you are a suspect if you are an immigrant or if you are from certain parts of the world or certain skin tone or a muslim.” Omar said during the heated debate. A fiery Alexandria Ocasia Cortez also chimed in shouting, “This is an attack on women of color!”
Republican Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, from New York, said she had personally witnessed Omar spew anti-American rhetoric. Malliotakis said, “I have been in that committee room where, the representative, equates Israel and the United States to Hamas and the Taliban. Absolutely unacceptable for a member of that committee.”
A four-page resolution was written for the justification of removing Omar from the house Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution states that in 2019, Omar suggested that Jewish people were buying U.S. political support when she posted on Twitter, “it’s all about the Benjamins, baby.”
Omar also commented on the September 11th attacks saying, “some people did something.” This type of comment is unacceptable for any representative who is sitting on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, lawmakers said.
In the resolution it states that members of this committee should all be held to an “equal standard of conduct due to the international sensitivities and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee.”
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