An edited video released by Project Veritas on Tuesday shows a man named Michael Beller, described by the right-wing guerrilla media as PBS’s “top lawyer”. In conversations that took place before and after the 2020 presidential election, Beller is heard talking to a disguised journalist at a restaurant about what should happen to Republican voters.
“What are you going to do if we don’t win?” the undercover journalist asks in a conversation.
“Go to the White House and throw Molotov cocktails,” Beller replies with a smile.
The Veritas Project, led by guerrilla journalist James O’Keefe, has made several headlines in recent years for its efforts to “expose” news organizations. The group’s previous revelations include that ABC News released a story about the Jeffrey Epstein scandal and that CNN chose to avoid reporting on Hunter Biden’s commercial interests in Eastern Europe during the election campaign.
In a statement to Project Veritas that was shared on Twitter, PBS PressRoom said: “This employee no longer works for PBS. As a mid-level attorney, he did not speak on behalf of our organization, nor did he make any editorial decisions.
“There is no place for hateful rhetoric at PBS, and that individual’s views in no way reflect our values or opinions,” the statement continued. “We strongly condemn violence and will continue to do what we have been doing for 50 years – using our national platform and local presence to strengthen communities and bring people together.”
In another part of the video, Beller shares his extreme views on what should be done with Trump supporters and their children.
“Even if Biden wins, we will go to all Republican voters and Homeland Security will take their children away,” says Beller in the video. “And then we are going to put them in re-education camps.”
He then elaborates his proposal for “lighting camps”, insisting that they are “cool” places with “Sesame Street characters in classrooms and they watch PBS all day”.
Beller also talks about his concerns about children who grew up “knowing nothing but Trump for four years”, insisting that “you must ask yourself what they will be like”.
“[Are we] creating a generation of horrible and intolerant people, horrible children? Beller wonders.
In another exchange, Beller is heard calling Americans “so stupid” and suggesting that Washington is “a good place to live” and “a place where people are educated and stuff.”
“Could you imagine if you lived in one of those other cities or states where everyone is just … stupid?” Beller asks.
Beller seems to commemorate the increase in coronavirus cases in “red states”, repeatedly calling the increase “optimal”.
“Why do you think that?” the undercover journalist asks.
“Because these people are not going to vote for Trump, you know, [in] the red states, or many of them, are sick and dying, “Beller said of Trump’s supporters.
Beller continues to criticize CNN, saying “there is no more real news” and is too obsessed with President Trump. He also criticized Fox News coverage.
In an interview on “Hannity” Tuesday night, O’Keefe told the host that “in this time of moral and political crisis, I think courage is contagious, and we have all these whistleblowers coming to us, insiders helping us to exhibit.
“We need more of these people,” added O’Keefe. “Now, I think, it is time to hope if we can create an army of exhibitors, because the exhibition itself, sunlight needs to be the best disinfectant. The exhibition itself is the solution.”