CNN’s disastrous month has plunged the network into a credibility crisis.
After they retracted one story about Russia, and then issued a correction to another high profile piece about James Comey’s testimony result, it is a wonder they have any viewers left at all.
And CNN has just sparked wild controversy once again as they threatened an American citizen for carrying out his First Amendment rights, simply because they did not like what he had to say.
A Reddit user recently posted what he believed was an amusing video of President Trump’s face photoshopped into a WWE wrestling GIF, in which he was body-slamming the CNN logo.
The GIF was created in reference to President Trump’s intolerance of the lies CNN continually promotes as real news.
CNN just could not stand being on the receiving end of the joke and threatened to expose the identity of the user in a practice known as “doxxing.”
The far-left news network would not halt in their offenses even after the accused Reddit user reportedly apologized for using their logo in a way they deemed as defamatory.
The Daily Caller reports:
CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski opted not to identify the user “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.”
But Kaczynski then added that “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change,” seemingly indicating that CNN would identify the user if he repeats his “ugly behavior” on social media. That sentence was widely interpreted as a threat.
Kaczynski, who disputed that characterization, seemed especially upset that the Reddit user “was someone who shared an image of CNN reporters’ face with Stars of David next them.”
Kaczynski stated that the Reddit user’s public apology came after CNN identified and reached out to him.
News aggregator Matt Drudge quickly highlighted the story on his site, the Drudge Report, captioning it: “CNN Declines to ID Because He’s ‘Taken Down All Offending Posts.’”
Many argue the fact that CNN was flat-out blackmailing the individual for defying their political beliefs, while others claimed CNN was attempting to filter politically-charged media in a way that withheld even more negative publicity.
Republican Congressman Scott Taylor was one who expressed his anger against CNN for their bullying of an individual because of a harmless joke.
— Scott Taylor (@Scotttaylorva) July 5, 2017
CNN, of course, is in complete denial that they were in the wrong for censoring the individual.
The network is denying that they threatened to dox the Reddit user, despite the inordinate amount of evidence stacked against them.
CNN has simply gone too far this time and will have a hard time digging themselves out of this situation.
The network seemingly is becoming less focused on news, and more focused on their image and place in the political world — sacrificing their already unstable reputation in the process.
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