CNN staffer admits network's 'propaganda' drive to oust Trump in Tinder honeytrap sting by Project Veritas reporter

A CNN staffer has been caught in a Tinder honeytrap sting admitting the network had a"propaganda" drive to oust Donald Trump.

Charlie Chester, a technical director at the station, was secretly filmed while on fake Tinder dates with a woman who was an undercover reporter for right-wing group Project Veritas.

In the covert footage, Chester bragged about how the network helped defeat Trump.

He said: "Look at what we did, we got Trump out.

"I am 100 per cent going to say it. And I 100 per cent believe it that if it wasn't for CNN, I don't know that Trump would have got voted out.

 "I came to CNN because I wanted to be a part of that.

"Like our focus was to get Trump out of office, right? 


"Without saying it, that's what it was, right? So, our next thing is going to be climate change awareness."

Chester gave an example of "propaganda" when describing how the network covered Trump's health compared to Biden's health.

He said: "[Trump's] hand was shaking or whatever, I think. 

"We brought in so many medical people to tell a story that was all speculation — that he was neurologically damaged, and he was losing it. 

"He's unfit to — you know, whatever.

"We were creating a story there that we didn't know anything about. That's what — I think that's propaganda."

Like our focus was to get Trump out of office, right

He also said CNN would always show shots of Biden jogging.

Project Veritas posted the full secret recordings on the group's YouTube account.

Not surprisingly, Conservatives have slammed CNN and claimed the tapes showed the network's bias against Republicans.

During his presidency, Trump regularly accused CNN of propagating "fake news".

And as he made unproven allegations that the vote had been rigged, he claimed there was “historic election interference from big media”.

Reacting to the CNN sting, His son, Donald Trumo Jr tweeted: “CNN is propaganda. Pass it on. #ExposeCNN.”

CNN has not yet released a statement regarding the story, nor has the network confirmed if Chester is still an employee.

The Mail Online reports as a technical director, Chester operates video editing equipment for the cable network, where he has worked since 2018, according to his now-deleted LinkedIn bio.

But is unlikely that he would have had editorial input at CNN.

But Project Veritas argues he has unique insights on the network’s editorial culture.

A CNN source told Mediaite that Project Veritas found Chester through the dating app Tinder, where he boasted of his work for the network. 

A Veritas employee claiming to be a nurse matched with him and met him for several dates.

Chester and the woman went on a total of five dates, before their final one in a coffee shop.

This was reportedly interrupted by Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe, the CNN source said.

In December James O'Keefe of Project Veritas, a right-wing activist group he founded in 2010, said the organization secretly taped CNN's conferences for two months in a viral Twitter video.

The audiotapes appear to be the network’s boss Jeff Zucker criticizing the “erratic” president.

Trump retweeted O'Keefe's claim that one correspondent suggested ignoring Trump's unfounded "rigged" election claims and wrote "Suppression Media!" on Wednesday afternoon.

Zucker previously had a close working relationship with Trump as CEO of NBC Universal during the height of "The Apprentice," a reality show which saw him hire and fire contestants.

But their relationship has since soured and O'Keefe alleged that Zucker went on a tirade against Trump during an October 9 conference.

During this meeting, a person believed to be the CNN boss said: "OK, I just want to re-emphasize that, you know, I think we cannot normalize what has happened here in the last week with Trump and his behavior.

"And I go back to what [CNN political Director] David, David Chalian said, that this is a president who knows he's losing, who knows he's in trouble, is sick, maybe is on the after-effects of steroids or not.

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