CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski has discovered the Redditor behind the GIF of Trump body slamming CNN. The Redditor, HanAssholeSolo, penned a lengthy apology on the /The_Donald subreddit that moderators have since removed.
CNN now finds itself in hot water, however. Note this passage from Kaczynski’s article, especially what I’ve bolded:
After posting his apology, “HanA**holeSolo” called CNN’s KFile and confirmed his identity. In the interview, “HanA**holeSolo” 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 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.
Unreal. Apparently meme making constitutes “ugly behavior” in the eyes of CNN. Compared to many right-wing memes out there, the CNN/Trump meme was innocuous.
Definitely the worst part is CNN “reserving the right” to dox HanAssholeSolo if he dares to engage in thoughtcrime on social media again. Who the hell do they think they are? Call this behavior blackmail, extortion, whatever. It’s disturbing any way you slice it.
#CNNBlackmail is now trending worldwide on Twitter, with Donald Trump Jr. even getting involved:
Your political persuasion matters not. The fact is that CNN threatened a private citizen who poked fun at them on the internet. This represents a new low for a media outlet already known to stoop real low time and time again.