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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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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency



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In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.

Key points of the situation include:

Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.

Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.

Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.

Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.

Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”

Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.

Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.

In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.

Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.

Information in this article was retrieved from Fox News.

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