CNN highly unethical threat against a Reddit user has had incredibly appropriate consequences for the doomed network.
The mainstream media stalwart has been under increased scrutiny in recent weeks, due to their utterly apparent lack of decorum and journalistic responsibility in the era of President Donald Trump. Their most recent and egregious lapse in morality came after the President retweeted an animated .gif file this week that portrayed himself applying a serious beating to wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin with a CNN logo superimposed on his face.
While many in America felt that the President was simply further demonstrating his frustration with the unkempt and unraveling mainstream media, CNN took far more offense to the satirical imagery, and did they unthinkable: They tracked down the meme’s maker and threatened to reveal his identity to the world. Of course, given the extremely violent condition of the radical left in our modern age, revealing this information would likely constitute a grave threat to the imagery’s creator.
CNN quickly learned a lesson that many others had already known: You don’t pick a fight with Reddit.
“Several anchors and reporters at CNN have had their home addresses published and have received threats of rape and other violence in the wake of a story published by Andrew Kaczynski, who heads up the network’s investigative K-FILE team. Anti-network trolls are encouraging viewers to wrongly accuse CNN staffers of pedophilia and child pornography. There is also ‘tons of anti-Semitism.’
“’Frustration’ is the predominant feeling inside CNN, The Mirror has learned.
“Kaczynski published a story on the 4th of July in which he appeared to threaten to publish the name of a Reddit user who parades around anonymously as ‘HanAssholeSolo.’ HanAssholeSolo claimed to be the originator of the wrestling video tweeted by President Trump in which POTUS flattened a wrestler whose face was a CNN logo.
“Trump has long accused CNN of being ‘fake news’ and ‘very fake news.’”
While CNN’s woes are far from over, this retaliation couldn’t have served as a better warning for the flailing network.
Reddit, much like the rest of the United States, is a democratic entity filled with a population willing to leave trending to the crowd. By sourcing their content from their users, and allowing those users to vote on what makes it to the “front” page, Reddit has shown a wonderful side of the internet. In irking this online community, CNN took a massive risk. The user base of Reddit, being as large and as tech savvy as it is, acts more as on omnipresence for the internet, often uniting to hunt justice in cases exactly like this. Now, their threat against one Reddit user has become the reality for many at the doomed channel.