CNN has breached every possible avenue of trust they had remaining by threatening to blackmail a private American citizen this week.
The network, which has been mercilessly lambasted by the President of the United States for their obvious liberal slant, recently became incensed at a silly .gif file floating around the internet that was retweeted by Trump himself. In the clip, Donald Trump’s short-lived wrestling career is on display as the now-Commander in Chief is shown beating on WWE legend Stone Cold Steve Austin with a CNN logo superimposed over his face. It’s a funny use of poor digital editing, meant to symbolize the President’s concern over the legitimacy of the doomed “news” agency.
CNN, however, took their reaction too far.
In the aftermath of the clip being retweeted by the President, CNN worked tirelessly to uncover the .gif’s creator, and eventually tracked them down via social site Reddit. CNN then did the unthinkable, threatening to reveal the personal information of the currently-anonymous American; a move that would open this clever individual up to harassment and possible violence in the face of an increasingly radicalized left. Due to this absurd and unacceptable abuse of power, CNN has become the focus of an enormous backlash.
“#CNNBlackMail” rose to the top of Twitter’s trending hashtags after the network threatened to reveal the identity of a Reddit user alleged to have created an animated image mocking CNN, which was recently tweeted by President Trump.
“In an article which led CNN’s website on the evening of the 4th of July, the network stated that the user had apologized for ‘the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him.’
“In the article, CNN promised not to reveal the user’s name … for now. However, the network made it clear that this was only 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.’
“Furthermore, CNN said the network ‘reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.’
“As a result, CNN is now being accused of blackmail from multiple quarters on social media, as #CNNBlackMail became the top trend in the United States.”
This is just the latest of the network’s woes to come to the forefront, leaving many to believe that the network is headed for catastrophe.
The move by CNN to “unmask” the anonymous internet creator is yet another sign of the desperation of the network as they attempt to respond to the myriad of accusations being hurled their way by the President. Trump himself has infuriated and flustered the newly-flappable organizations, forcing them to make a great many missteps in their coverage of Washington and beyond. This latest assault on the freedom of expression comes to us on the 4th of July, no less, as Trump’s pressure continues to buckle the liberal media.