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