CNN Blackmails Fifteen Year Old Trump Supporter

  • 07/05/2017
  • Source: AAN
  • by: Remington Strelivo
CNN continues to shoot themselves in the foot. Now, they’re facing almost universal backlash—after attempting to bully an internet user for creating a funny gif that poked fun of CNN.

The gif was created by Reddit user called “HanA**holeSolo” and shared on the subreddit page, The_Donald. It showed a clip from President Trump wrestling an opponent on WWE before he was a politician, but had the CNN logo pasted over his opponent’s face.

The humorous gif took on a life of its own, after Trump tweeted it—in a move that drew bipartisan criticism.

CNN itself was also not amused—and, by comparing information found on HanA**holeSolo’s Reddit profile to data from Facebook, they discovered his true identity. CNN essentially threatened to expose him, if he didn’t comply with their demands for a public apology:

“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,” said an article, written by CNN senior editor Andrew Kaczynski. “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”

Kaczynski’s statement drew huge backlash, because it was seen as CNN bullying a Reddit user for creating an unflattering gif.

“The line is being misinterpreted,” said Kaczynski in a tweet, after it was clear that almost the entire internet was angry with CNN. “It was intended only to mean we made no agreement w/the man about his identity.” He also added, “CNN specifically chose not to reveal this guy’s identity and to say we threatened anyone is a total lie.”

In response to the controversy, more internet users have, predictably, created gifs at CNN’s expense—including one where a man with the CNN logo superimposed on his face is seen holding a Reddit logo hostage.
 Source: AAN
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