CNN threatens to dox Trump meme creator
CNN’s problems continue since James O’Keefe released some compromising footage of some associate producers. The footage suggested that CNN’s coverage is not necessarily based in reality, but whatever gets them the most ratings. But this was only the beginning, CNN also claimed that a gif of Donald Trump fake hitting a CNN logo amounted to inciting literal violence against reporters or something. Memes are literal violence now, apparently.
But if you thought CNN could not sink any lower, think again. The “respected” news organization released an article titled:
The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump's tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued…www.cnn.com
The writer seemed to revel at the fact that the Redditor who created this CNN-Trump meme issued an apology just one day after CNN identified and attempted to contact him.
According to this article, “the KFile attempted to contact the man by email and phone but he did not respond.” The next day, the user “posted his apology on the subreddit /The_Donald and deleted all of his other posts.”
The article asserts that the Redditor was “nervous” and “fearful” when CNN cornered him about the meme. Further along in the article, the CNN writer proudly exclaims that they will not be publishing the identify of that Redditor because he apologized to them, showed remorse, and he was not going to make “offensive” posts ever again, especially not about CNN.
The author followed by saying “CNN reserves the right to publish (dox) his identity should any of that change.”
This is an unadulterated threat by CNN to dox a private citizen exercising their inalienable right to free speech because CNN felt it was inappropriate or offensive. This fiasco also perfectly illustrates the utter hypocrisy from CNN reporters who incessantly pontificate on how the President can’t seem take any criticism, but then in turn attempt to intimidate anyone who satirizes or mocks them.
CNN seems to wants a world where Americans must get their seal of dox-free approval before speaking freely or expressing a thought they find distasteful. It’s absurd that CNN thought it was a good idea to identify and demand an apology from someone who created a meme.
It’s worth addressing CNN’s defenders who claim that this is merely investigative reporting and that they aren’t threatening anyone. After all, the information was online; it just a required a little digging. However, this argument is profoundly idiotic and ill considered. If I dig deep enough and somehow find your private address or phone number, it doesn’t make it okay all of a sudden, for me to blast that out to hundreds of thousands of people (probably just thousands considering it’s CNN) just because it only took a little a digging. Especially considering the fact that it stands to reason that most of CNN’s readership consists of liberals who have been told to believe that the creator of this gif is literally advocating for violence.
Andrew Kaczynski, the author of this piece, claims that the meme creator he threatened to dox told him, “I am total agreement with your statement. I was not threatened in anyway.” This writer really think this a legitimate defense.
Needlessly to say, it would appear that CNN, has in fact, become the enemy of at least some Americans.