Update: According to Julian Assange, CNN has committed a crime, violating 135.60 of the New York criminal code “coercion”.
Tonight, Andrew Kaczynski from CNN published a story entitled “How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF”. (An archive of the article can be found here) In it, they detail how they tracked down an internet user who made a funny GIF that the President later re-posted to Twitter.
Kaczynski explains that the reddit user known as “HanAssholeSolo” pulled down the image post, and apologized profusely, and promised not to make funny images in the future.
Then, as Mike Cernovich has brought to attention, the article states:
“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.”
Which means that CNN has essentially threatened to release his private, personal information if he does something that CNN does not like.
And if CNN does release his information, he may be the target of harassment or even violence from the left. CNN is well aware of this, given the constant discussions of violence that they have brought up surrounding this image.
There has been rapidly increasing levels of violence from the radical left, including targeted harassment, riots, arson, and now even stabbings and shootings.
Kaczynski responded to the allegations of threats by saying:
He then followed up, saying that the apology was made before CNN ever spoke to him, in order to show that the apology was not in response to a doxxing threat: (image courtesy Mike Cernovich)
Unfortunately for him, it was obvious that this contradicted his earlier statement, in which he stated that the apology only came out after CNN got in contact with him: (image courtesy Mike Cernovich)
So now, CNN has threatened a random internet user with doxxing and potential violence for posting a funny image because it made them look bad. They well know the implications of this, as doxxing has ruined many people’s lives, and makes them a target of the violent radical left.
And, Andrew Kaczynski of CNN has lied about the article, and then also lied about what he said earlier about the article.
He and CNN are now facing a major backlash from internet and political pundits on both sides of the political aisle. As of this writing they have made no apology to HanAssholeSolo, nor have they made any retractions to their article.
These mafia-style tactics are not working out well for CNN so far, but they seem to be doing nothing other than doubling down.
CNN, you are worse than Fake News. You are the #FraudNewsNetwork, and now you are acting like criminals.