If you needed a new reason to hate CNN, this is a good one. Trump’s WWE tweet a few days ago made CNN look bad so now they’ve tracked down the completely innocent average guy who made the GIF and basically threatened to expose him.
This is from CNN’s report:
How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF
The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him.
Reddit user “HanA**holeSolo” first shared the GIF last Wednesday of Trump pummeling a wrestler with CNN’s logo imposed on his face. CNN could find no earlier instance of the GIF. The GIF was later edited into a video with sound and tweeted by the President on Sunday.
On Reddit, “HanA**holeSolo” took credit for inspiring the tweet. Soon after, “HanA**holeSolo’s” other posts on Reddit, some of which included racist and anti-Semitic imagery, quickly circulated on social media…
CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his 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.
The message in that last part is pretty clear, isn’t it?
The reaction on Twitter was strong and fast. People are angry about this:
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) July 5, 2017
a multil-million dollar media conglomerate is threatening a random person on the internet because he created a gif. Please go this route. https://t.co/gh5bmw20xM
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 5, 2017
CNN: The president is a baby who can't take criticism.
Also CNN: We doxxed the sonofabitch who tweeted mean memes about us on Reddit!
— neontaster (@neontaster) July 5, 2017
How brave of CNN, a multi-billion dollar corporation, to go after a private citizen. https://t.co/XVWLHx8mQl
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) July 5, 2017
The statement that CNN "reserves the right" to dox him if he does something they don't like comes off as pretty fucking threatening https://t.co/6BafsDt85y
— Wowkieleaks (@Wokieleaksalt) July 5, 2017
Can someone explain to me why it's cool for CNN to go hunting down name/ID of a random anon who made a Reddit GIF?
— Jeff B/DDHQ (@EsotericCD) July 5, 2017
This is a disaster for CNN. They took a bad situation for them and made it much worse.