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Is CNN finished? Network under fire for threatening private citizen over Trump tweet

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CNN has found itself in yet another ethics scandal, and this time they can’t blame James O’Keefe.

The network is being shredded by viewers and journalistic ethics after it admitted threatening an anonymous private citizen who criticized them online.

It could be the worst ethics violation in CNN’s dirty history.

When President Trump last week tweeted out a short video last week mocking CNN, network officials, executives and personalities reacted with almost-psychotic rage.

In the video, an altered clip from “Wrestlemania,”  Trump clotheslines and begins punching World Wrestling Entertainment founder Vince McMahon.  The creator of the clip superimposed the CNN logo over McMahon’s head, making it appear Trump had “taken down” CNN.

The incident was choreographed and scripted for the cameras.  In real life, Trump and McMahon are longtime friends.

But to CNN, it’s still real, dammit.  The network declared the joke video a violent “threat” and obsessively reported on it.

That obsession reached a peak yesterday, when CNN reported its investigators traced the video back to a Reddit user under the name “HanA**holeSolo” (expletive deleted.) He apologized to the network for creating the video and promised to never offend them again.

“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,” CNN gleefully reported.

Why did he apologize?  Here’s where it gets downright sleazy.

“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 reported.

“CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change,” the network ominously noted.

In other words, they tracked down and targeted a private citizen because he criticized them, and then threatened to publish his personal information should he ever criticize the network again.

Journalism experts and viewers were horrified by what could be the greatest breach of journalistic ethics in the troubled network’s long history of misconduct.  As of Wednesday morning, the #1 trend on Twitter was “#CNNBlackmail.”

  • RightVote

    The 5th COLUMN: A Clandestine group or faction of subversive agents who attempt to undermine a Nation’s Solidarity by any means at their disposal.
    THIS is What our MSM has become.

  • Liberty

    I take it the medium would have found acceptable a picture of the President holding CNN’s decapitated head.

    • Kevin

      I guess merely punching someone is somehow worse than cutting off their head. It takes “Lib-tard logic” to believe that. hm: “Lib-tard logic” – sounds like an oxymoron to me…

      • Liberty

        CNN, playground bully 3X the size of the other kids, gets punched in the nose and runs bawling to the teacher. Classmates cheer, hoisting the feisty hero, and the playground is once again free of intimidation. Now, wasn’t that easy!

  • Dexter L. Wilson

    How about going ahead and revealing his name? I would praise him but the real reason for me saying go ahead is if they do that then we would also like to know the sources they used to damn Trump. If you’re going to do one they really really really need to do the other. Allow our President to face his accusers but they will never do that.

  • Robert

    Sounds like CNN made the maker of the video, “An offer he can’t refuse”, uttered in the best Italian accent they could muster, with the theme to The Godfather playing in the background.

  • George Bernard Vieto

    C N N is just as bad as Facebook who has me banned until I show them a picture of my face to them. As far as I am concerned both can kiss my Canal Zone cheeks.

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