There’s a saying, “When your opponent is committing suicide, don’t interfere.” That is what is happening with CNN, they are committing journalistic suicide.
Petr Svab, from The Epoch Times wrote on July 4th, 2017:
A short YouTube video of Donald Trump tackling a man whose head was “replaced” by a CNN logo has become the President’s most popular tweet since he won the election.
The July 2 tweet featured a decade-old clip from Trump’s WWE days showing him slamming WWE owner Vince McMahon. A CNN logo was crudely edited onto McMahon’s face. The video had been making the rounds on pro-Trump Reddit forum “The_Donald” for some time.
The tweet garnered over half a million “likes,” making it, by this measure, his most popular tweet since the election. Trump’s first tweet after the election night currently has nearly 626,000 likes.
The CNN editorial staff decided to go after the maker of the short video posted on Reddit. Not only did they identify the creator of the video, they threatened him. CNN published the following statement:
CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts, and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same.
CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.
Ben Shapiro in a column titled “THUG JOURNALISM: CNN Threatens To Reveal Identity Of Reddit Man Who Made Trump-CNN Bodyslam Meme If He Disobeys Them” writes,
That’s essentially blackmail. That’s CNN stating that it will out the guy if he dares to defy their political perspective or offends them sufficiently.
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CNN has accomplished the Houdini-esque feat of turning itself into the villain after President Trump tweeted a gif of himself body-slamming the CNN logo and punching it. This should demonstrate once again that Trump isn’t ruining CNN — CNN is so obsessed with Trump that it’s busily ruining whatever is left of its credibility.
It turns out the “guy” in Shapiro’s title is actually a 15-year old boy. So CNN is threatening a 15-year old boy, blackmailing him, if he doesn’t obey them. If CNN was a high school student it would be suspended for bullying by the City of New York.
This all sounds so Orwellian.
But it gets worse, if that’s even possible. Chris Cuomo, who works at CNN, and was the ABC News chief law and justice correspondent and the co-anchor for ABC’s 20/20, tweeted the following:
You would think the Cuomo, who later deleted his tweet but no tweet is ever really deleted, would know better as the former chief law and justice correspondent for ABC. Senator Ted Cruise tweeted the following after this latest CNN debacle:
Troubling. I assume CNN’s lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion. If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker’s IP… https://twitter.com/thedcpolitics/status/882464270851555330 …
it’s a GA crime if they threatened to “Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule….” https://twitter.com/thedcpolitics/status/882464270851555330 …
Oops. Maybe CNN needs to stop digging itself into a hole? Or maybe the President and Republicans should just let them keep digging?
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