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Project Veritas video: CNN employee alleges network is ‘trying to help’ BLM



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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.

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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.”

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“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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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap



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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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