➽ CNN found the originator of the Trump CNN smack-down video and contacted the Reddit user via email. We don’t know what the email
said, but shortly after the Reddit poster contacted CNN and apologized, which is fine, but kinda sad seeing how it was a joke.
CNN and other leftist media took it as a serious threat of violence against journalists. Not at all a surprise really as they have shown their lack of humor many times in the past.
CNN’s action of hunting down the originator of the video really says a lot about them. Too bad they weren’t this tenacious in the search for truth in their journalism. This past week proves clearly how utterly lacking in standards CNN is. And now those lack of standards have really put them in a position of possible criminal prosecution.
After the Reddit user contacted them in response to their email, CNN stated “that he sounded nervous about his identity being revealed and asked to not be named out of fear for his personal safety and for the public embarrassment it would bring to him and his family.”
CNN then issued 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.
The last line of CNN’s statement could be what brings down the network. They chose to threaten the privacy and safety of a private citizen if he did not comply with their wishes. Not the smartest move by CNN, but so far they have not shown they are capable of any smart moves.
Julian Assange and Senator Ted Cruz have stated that they believe CNN has broken several US criminal codes such as GA § 16-8-16 “Theft by extortion” & NY § 135-60 on “Coercion”.
So CNN may have just put themselves in the grave. At any rate, they certainly have one foot in there already as the attack on a private citizen has outraged the Internet community as a whole. As a result many more people have begun to post their own attacks on social media, including other modified videos and pictures. One Internet group is even organizing a boycott of CNN’s advertisers. A list of them have already been posted. This alone could destroy the already hurting CNN organization.
CNN has made the pivotal mistake that no news worthy organization wants to make. They have become the news instead of the reporter of it.