CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester: "COVID? Gangbusters with ratings, right?
Which is why we [CNN] constantly have the [COVID] death toll on the side, which I have a major problem with – with how we’re tallying how many people die every day.”
“It's fear. Fear really drives numbers [TV ratings] ..
Fear is the thing that keeps you tuned in.”
Chester: Any reporter on CNN -- what they're actually doing is they're telling the person what to say. It's always like leading them in a direction before they even open their mouths.
“I think there’s an art to manipulation .. Inflection, saying things twice - there's little subtleties to how to manipulate people .. I mean, it's enough to change the world, you know?”
Chester: No one ever says those things out loud, but it's obvious based on the amount of stories that we [CNN] do. The fact that we have a segment called 'The Good Stuff', which is a feel-good thing, but it's a dedicated moment at the end to almost be the ice cream to alleviate everything that you've been through. Something sweet to end it with, because everything else is doom and gloom.