I spent the evening of July 4th watching the movie “American Sniper” and trying to keep my dog from turning inside out over the frequent explosions of fireworks in my neighborhood. So I completely missed the breaking news that CNN has resorted to blackmail against a private citizen for embarrassing them.
Imagine my surprise when I went onto Twitter late last night and discovered what I had been missing.
Here’s a summary in case you, like me, missed the story.
CNN tracked down the anonymous Reddit user who created the wrestling meme President Trump tweeted out.
They revealed his screen name: HanAssholeSolo. And threatened to expose his real name if he ever did anything like that again.
Here’s the relevant section from CNN’s reporting. I grabbed a screen capture because something tells me it will be “updated” and the blackmail threat will be removed:
“Nice anonymity you got there. Be a shame if something happened to it.”
If you got threatened by a major media corporation, I’m guessing you’d recant too — the same way Protestants recanted when faced with being burned at the stake.
And the same way POWs made propaganda videos for their captors.
At this point, CNN has crossed the Rubicon.
This is beneath contempt.
When they are willing to use blackmail to prevent a private citizen from exercising his First Amendment right to free speech, there’s no coming back from that.
As somebody who creates agitprop, this kind of blackmail and coercion is chilling.
And the irony of it all is mind-boggling.
The personalities on CNN spent the last few days clutching their pearls and bemoaning their own personal safety over a wrestling gif.
Yet the only person whose safety is threatened is the guy who made the wrestling meme. And the very threat is coming from CNN.
Mon: "GIFs make people want to hurt us!"
Tues: "Apologize or we'll hurt you."#CNNBlackmail
— Razor (@hale_razor) July 5, 2017
I don’t know how they could think this was a good idea.
This wasn’t about “reporting the news;” this is nothing more than getting revenge on the person who humiliated them.
Does CNN actually believe it can restore its crumbling reputation by means of threats and blackmail?
And I’ll be honest with you. If I were HanAssholeSolo, I’d be finding an attorney and suing these idiots post haste.
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