Wednesday, July 5, 2017

CNN Plays Hardball

                                                                      So youse ain't gonna say anything online anymore, right?
                                                                      Cause if ya do, bad things could happen."

CNN (the Collapsing News Network) is back in the news again. Only they are not reporting the news; they are the news. It concerns a guy who put out the now infamous video of President Trump beating up on (Vince McMahon) with a CNN logo superimposed on his head. CNN's reporters are now trying to get into the Witness Protection Program because they now fear for their lives.

Now it seems  that CNN has gone to the trouble of identifying the man in question, causing him to write an apology for his past offensive online comments and beg for anonymity. Here is CNN's own account of the story by Andrew Kaczynski, who apparently was the one who turned up the man's identity.

"The apology came after CNN's KFile identified the man behind "HanA**holeSolo." Using identifying information that "HanA**holeSolo" posted on Reddit, KFile was able to determine key biographical details, to find the man's name using a Facebook search and ultimately corroborate details he had made available on Reddit.
On Monday, KFile attempted to contact the man by email and phone but he did not respond. On Tuesday, "HanA**holeSolo" posted his apology on the subreddit /The_Donald and deleted all of his other posts."

My question is why did CNN go to the trouble of finding out who this person was? Don't they have more important news to dig up?

And this:

"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."
Of course, CNN denies that they are blackmailing this guy in any way.
This stinks. This is not what a news organization should be putting its fact-finding mechanism to use for. Of course, I don't worry about CNN and the rest of the press outing my identity. Everything I write is signed.

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