CNN says it will expose creator of Trump wrestling gif if he repeats his "ugly behavior"

midian182

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It’s pretty likely that you’ve seen the gif Donald Trump tweeted over the weekend that showed him beating up Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania back in 2007. It became his most-shared Twitter post and caused lots of controversy, mainly because the clip had been doctored with a CNN logo plastered over the WWE CEO’s face. But the news organization's actions in the wake of the tweet have caused even more outrage.

On Tuesday, CNN published an article revealing it had discovered the true identity of the anonymous Reddit user who created the gif. His pseudonym, HanAssholeSolo (or HAS), was already known, and when a number of publications, including CNN, went through his previous posts, they found several containing racist and anti-Semitic comments.

Once all this became public knowledge, HAS issued an apology and deleted the offending posts. But CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski continued his investigation and managed to figure out HAS's real name. The site promised to keep it a secret on the condition that he doesn’t repeat his earlier behavior.

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.

That final sentence has sparked fury among many social media users, especially those on Twitter, where the hashtag #CNNBlackmail starting trending soon after the piece appeared – though both HAN and the site say his apology was written and posted before he spoke to CNN.

"CNN essentially blackmailed a private citizen because he made fun of CNN," tweeted Paul Joseph Watson, an editor of conspiracy website InfoWars. "Let that sink in."

There were also claims made by some people, including Donald Trump’s son - Donald Trump Jr. - that HAN is just 15 years old, but Kaczynski said he is a middle-aged man.

Following the outcry, Kaczynski responded to the “reserves the right” sentence by tweeting "this line is being misinterpreted. It was intended only to mean we made no agreement [with] the man about his identity."

But whether the company intended to or not, the fact it appears CNN is threatening to expose a person’s identity if it doesn’t like what they post online is causing a lot of anger.

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davislane1

This story is late. CNN has been getting pummeled for this since yesterday morning.

And yes, the memes are dank.

Edit: It should also be pointed out that CNN may have fingered the wrong guy. (see: http://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2017/07/05/if-buzzfeed-is-correct-it-appears-cnns-andrew-kaczynski-outed-the-wrong-guy/)

Also... it would greatly enhance the quality of this article if you included some of the deleted tweets from said CNN personalities:

https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/882616112495636481

Or perhaps their inabilitiy to get their stories straight:

https://twitter.com/KFILE/status/882407128962650113
https://twitter.com/KFILE/status/882418323673239553
https://twitter.com/KFILE/status/882417992717537280
https://twitter.com/Cernovich/status/882637530310467584

As I said in a previous thread, Progressives are actual Nazis.
 
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Uncle Al

TS Evangelist
Well, CNN has been accused of blackmail before so that's nothing new. What is surprising is they didn't immediately expose the perp .... now THAT would be a worthy scoop!
 

m4a4

TS Evangelist
The fact that CNN has gone so far for essentially having it's feelings hurt over the internet is telling how messed up people are in that organization. But the fact that they didn't immediately do it says there's at least someone reasonable in there.
There is literally no good excuse to go after the guy for the joke. The gif condones violence no more than wrestling is real.
 

psycros

TS Evangelist
CNN is finished, and to that I say, good riddance. Its run by one of the biggest left-wingers on the planet who was married to ANOTHER giant liberal nutjob. Now they have moved up from being just a propaganda mill to operating a criminal organization. There needs to be an immediate investigation that asks some hard questions: how did they discover the identity (allegedly) of this Reddit poster? How many other people have they blackmailed? The FCC and Atlanta FBI office should be all over this. As for those who say Fox is unabashedly right-wing, I say "BS". They carried water non-stop for Jeb, the most liberal Republican in the last presidential race while attacking Trump at every opportunity. Now that Trump is in a position to make their lives difficult Fox is suddenly being relatively fair towards him. Trump's reign can already be considered a success in how its exposed the majority liberal media completely while simultaneously forcing Fox to become more honest. Anything that helps Americans become more informed citizens is a win. I do kind of feel for anyone who still believed that the news media is essentially trustworthy. After Brian Williams and all the other lefty liar scandals this is surely the last straw for their confidence. I never thought I'd see that day that MSNBC is arguably more credible than CNN, but here we are.
 
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p51d007

TS Evangelist
CNN is finished, and to that I say, good riddance. Its run by one of the biggest left-wingers on the planet who was married to ANOTHER giant liberal nutjob.
I remember when CNN started, and "headline" news. When they started, especially headline news, it was
JUST THAT....NEWS. When Ted Turner hooked up with Hanoi Jane, boy! It really went off the deep end.
Now, they have to have "something" to talk about 24/7 other than news. It's become nothing more than
opinion driven talking heads. Ted hasn't had anything to do with CNN in YEARS, but, it's so far left it
should have a hammer & sickle symbol in their logo!
I use to be a viewer of Fox News, but gave up in 2012 after the elections.
I find that since giving it up, I retain MORE by READING the news, as opposed to watching it on the "boob tube".
 

mbalensiefer

TS Enthusiast
CNN is finished, and to that I say, good riddance. Its run by one of the biggest left-wingers on the planet who was married to ANOTHER giant liberal nutjob. Now they have moved up from being just a propaganda mill to operating a criminal organization. There needs to be an immediate investigation that asks some hard questions: how did they discover the identity (allegedly) of this Reddit poster? How many other people have they blackmailed? The FCC and Atlanta FBI office should be all over this. As for those who say Fox is unabashedly right-wing, I say "BS". They carried water non-stop for Jeb, the most liberal Republican in the last presidential race while attacking Trump at every opportunity. Now that Trump is in a position to make their lives difficult Fox is suddenly being relatively fair towards him. Trump's reign can already be considered a success in how its exposed the majority liberal media completely while simultaneously forcing Fox to become more honest. Anything that helps Americans become more informed citizens is a win. I do kind of feel for anyone who still believed that the news media is essentially trustworthy. After Brian Williams and all the other lefty liar scandals this is surely the last straw for their confidence. I never thought I'd see that day that MSNBC is arguably more credible than CNN, but here we are.
Nice. Well said. I was going to make a post in anger toward our favorite Nazi-channel we love to hate; CNN, but you nailed it.
 

Paul Deemer

TS Rookie
Only Cowards hide behind a computer screen and attack people with racist comments. There is no guarantee of privacy on the internet or social media. If your a Troll expect to be hunted down and exposed. Don't like it? Too bad!
 
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davislane1

Only Cowards hide behind a computer screen and attack people with racist comments. There is no guarantee of privacy on the internet or social media. If your a Troll expect to be hunted down and exposed. Don't like it? Too bad!
A wild Nazi has appeared.
 
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