I’ve often posted this clip from Wrestlemania XXIII of the Battle of the Billionaires between World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Vince McMahon and Donald Trump.
But when Trump tweeted out an amateur GIF with CNN’s logo superimposed on McMahon’s body, CNN went to war, declaring the President to be encouraging violence against the free press, because everybody knows that the Trump-McMahon fight was totally spontaneous and deadly serious, with McMahon hospitalized for seven months after the savage beating Trump gave him.
CNN is not projecting its hatred and desire to inspire violence against the elected President. To prove this, CNN then hunted down the GIF Guy and threatened to expose him to the tender mercies of social justice jihadis.
How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF By Andrew Kaczynski, CNN Updated 9:55 PM ET, Tue July 4, 2017 Apparent origin of Trump wrestling video raises questionsUnfortunately, due to the unexpected election result of last November, CNN can’t credibly threaten to have the GIF Guy drone-striked if he ever dares make a joke again. But CNN will definitely crowdsource violent retribution against him.
The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet issued an apology Tuesday. The day before his apology, CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him.
(CNN) The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday 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. …
Now the user is apologizing, writing in a lengthy post on Reddit that he does not advocate violence against the press and expressing remorse there and in an interview with CNN for other posts he made that were racist and anti-Semitic.
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. …
The user further apologized for calls for violence against the press in his statement on Reddit.
“The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation,” he wrote. “I had no idea anyone would take it and put sound to it and then have it put up on the President’s Twitter feed. It was a prank, nothing more. What the President’s feed showed was not the original post that was posted here, but loaded up somewhere else and sound added to it then sent out on Twitter. I thought it was the original post that was made and that is why I took credit for it. I have the highest respect for the journalist community and they put their lives on the line every day with the jobs that they do in reporting the news.” …
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.
… Trump has not issued an apology for the tweet, which he sent Sunday morning. Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said on ABC’s This Week that “no one would perceive” the tweet as a threat.Like Freud said: Projection.
The Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement this week that the tweet “undermines the work of the media in the U.S. and makes it more dangerous.” CNN said in a statement that the tweet “encourages violence against reporters.”