if the GIF was posted by a 15-year-old, he sure didn’t write the apology for it

CNN President Jeff Zucker: “Trump Is Trying To Bully Us”
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jul 6 2017

CNN President Jeff Zucker, rather than apologize for publishing fake news story after fake news story all in an effort, by his own admission mind you, to drive ratings for for his network, has decided to take a play from the ‘disaffected liberal” playbook and pretend to be the victim in his rather public scuffle with Pres Trump. In a new interview with the NYT published yesterday, Zucker never once apologized for his network’s credibility-crushing mistakes over the past several weeks but instead said:

He’s trying to bully us, and we’re not going to let him intimidate us. You can’t lose your confidence and let that change the way you conduct yourselves. My job is to remind everyone that they need to stay focused doing their job.

To which we have one simple observation, courtesy of the eloquent Maude Lebowski: You, Mr Zucker, are most definitely the perpetrator here and not the victim. You can’t intentionally pursue a story you know to fake day after day in a crusade intended to take down a political figure with whom you disagree and pretend to be the victim. You can’t extort a random Pindosi citizenfor having the ‘audacity’ to poke fun at you and pretend to be the victim. So why does Zucker think he’s the ‘victim’? Apparently he’s convinced that Trump targets his network because of its unbiased reporting:

“Television is his preferred medium, and he knows our viewers can be swayed because they’re not watching Fox or MSNBC,” Zucker said, networks with an ideological bent in prime time.

Meanwhile, Zucker again raised concerns that Trump’s bullying could end up getting a CNN reporter hurt. It’s almost as if they want it to happen:

One challenge Mr Zucker has thought about: safety. The level of threats against CNN employees, he said, has spiked this year. Mr Trump, he said, “has caused us to have to take steps that you wouldn’t think would be necessary because of the actions of the POTUS.” On Wednesday, CNN found itself facing another backlash and additional online threats after it posted a story about a man who created a version of the wrestling video that was later tweeted by Mr Trump. It did not identify him but said it reserved the right to do so if he resumed his activities.

So you can bet your last dollar that the moment some CNN reporter breaks a nail while pounding a table in reaction to reading the latest Trump tweet, that CNN will cover the ‘tragedy’ on a 24-hours loop as evidence of the harmful consequences of Trump’s hate speech. Here, we’ll even try to speed up the process to get this over with:

CNN Warns It May Expose an Anonymous Critic if He Ever Again Publishes Bad Content
Glenn Greenwald, Intercept, Jul 5 2017

Cnn-glen-critics-newsroom-1499274673-article-header.jpgNewsroom at CNN world HQ in Atlanta, Georgia (Photo: John Greim/LightRocket/Getty)

A controversy erupted late Tuesday night after CNN published an article announcing that it had uncovered the identity of the anonymous Reddit user who created the video of Pres Trump punching a CNN logo. CNN and other outlets had previously reported that this user, who uses a pseudonym, had also posted anti-Semitic and racist content on Reddit, including an image identifying all of the Jewish employees of CNN, designated with a Jewish star next to their photos. Though CNN decided not to reveal his name, for now, the network made clear that this discretion was predicated on the user’s lengthy public apology, his promise not to repeat the behavior, and his status as a private citizen. But in its article, the network explicitly threatened that it could change its mind about withholding the user’s real name if his behavior changes in the future:

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.

Several of the objections made to CNN’s conduct here appear to be false. That includes the claim by the president’s son Donald Trump Jr that the user threatened by CNN is 15 years old. The CNN reporter, Andrew Kaczynski, said the Reddit user is an adult. The claim that CNN “blackmailed” the user into apologizing, expressed by a Twitter hashtag, #CNNBlackmail, that still sits at the top of trending topics on the site, seems dubious at best, since there is no evidence the user spoke to CNN before posting his apology, though CNN itself says it contacted the user the day before he posted his apology, which presumably means he knew CNN had found out his name when he posted it (well then! – RB). But the invalidity of those particular accusations does not exonerate CNN. There is something self-evidently creepy, bullying and heavy-handed about a large news organization publicly announcing that it will expose someone’s identity if he ever again publishes content on the internet that the network deems inappropriate or objectionable. Whether it was CNN’s intent or not, the article makes it appear as if CNN will be monitoring this citizen’s online writing, and will punish him with exposure if he writes something the network dislikes. There is also something untoward about the fact that CNN, the subject of the original video, was the news outlet that uncovered his identity. That fact creates the appearance of vengeance. If you, even as a random and anonymous internet user, post content critical of CNN, then it will use its vast corporate resources to investigate you, uncover your identity and threaten to expose you if you ever do so again. The reality here is likely more complicated. The most offensive passage here, “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change,” sounds like classic lawyer language that executives or corporate lawyers would demand be included. It does not sound like something a typical journalist would write on their own. CNN’s role in discovering this user’s identity is likely more a by-product of Kaczynski’s well-established internet-sleuthing skills than a corporate decision to target a critic. Indeed, the decision to withhold the person’s name, had it been made without the threat to expose it in the future, could arguably be heralded as a commendable case of journalistic restraint. In response to the controversy last night, Kaczynski argued:

That may have been CNN’s intent, but that is not what the sentence says. Whatever the intent, this is a case where one of the nation’s most powerful media corporations is explicitly threatening a critic with exposure should he publish material that the network deems, based on its own secret standards, to be worthy of punishment. And the threat comes in the wake of his groveling public apology, posted less than a day after he learned CNN had discovered his identity. There is also a real question about whether a news organization, when deciding what information is newsworthy, should take into account factors such as whether someone is remorseful for what they said and whether they promise not to express similar views in the future. Those considerations seem to be the province of those vested with the power to punish bad behavior, such as a parent, a police officer or a judge, rather than a news outlet. All of this has a strong whiff of CNN deciding who is a good boy and who is a bad boy based on the content of their views, and doling out journalistic punishments and rewards accordingly. Moreover, if this person’s name is newsworthy on the ground that racists or others who post inflammatory content should be publicly exposed and vilified, does it matter if he expressed what CNN executives regard as sufficient remorse? And if his name is not newsworthy, then why should CNN be threatening to reveal it in the event that he makes future utterances that the network dislikes? If you’re someone who believes that media corporations should expose the identity even of random, anonymous internet users who express anti-Semitic or racist views, then you should be prepared to identify the full list of views that merit similar treatment. Should anyone who supports Trump have their identity exposed? Those who oppose marriage equality? Those with views deemed sexist? Those who advocate communism? Are you comfortable with having corporate media executives decide which views merit public exposure? Whatever else is true, CNN is a massive media corporation that is owned by an even larger corporation. It has virtually unlimited resources. We should cheer when those resources are brought to bear to investigate those who exercise great political and economic power. But when they are used to threaten and punish a random, obscure citizen who has criticized the network, no matter how objectionable his views might be, it resembles corporate bullying and creepy censorship more than actual journalism. CNN just issued a statement in response to the controversy its article provoked:

All of these claims are already included in this article, but note two key points. While the Reddit user’s apology was posted before he spoke to any CNN reporter, he posted it after he was contacted by CNN, which means he knew when he publicly apologized that the network had unearthed his identity. More importantly, CNN’s claim that it merely meant to convey “that there was no deal” is squarely at odds with what its article actually warned: “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.” That sentence, which can only be read as a threat to reveal his name should he post more offending material in the future, is what has triggered the anger at CNN, and the network’s statement does not address that at all. Finally, CNN apparently refuses to say whether this threatening language was included by its reporter (who has borne the brunt of the public anger) or by its lawyers and executives demanding that it be included.

CNN Self-Immolates. Oh – And They Got The Wrong Guy
ZeroPointNow, Zero Hedge, Jul 5 2017

One week after James O’Keefe destroyed CNN’s last shred of credibility, the network rife with ham-handed propagandists has doused itself in gasoline and lit a match, forever condemning themselves to irrelevancy and ridicule. As you are now aware, along with the rest of the world, CNN went on a witchhunt over the weekend to track down the identity of Reddit user ‘HanAssholeSolo,’ who they claimed is responsible for creating a video of Trump beating up a man with a CNN logo for a head, which the President tweeted on Saturday. After discovering the man’s identity through possibly illegal means, the network threatened to expose the Redditor’s identity, ‘doxing’ him. In response, the internet exploded with rage, creating dozens of new similar CNN memes and receiving a formal declaration of war from 4chan users, who have begun ‘unmasking’ CNN employees for the world to harass. After the immense public backlash over CNN’s witch hunt, CNN’s Chris “that sucks” Cuomo, a giant douche, deleted a tweet asking followers “Should CNN reveal name of Reddit user who made trump wrestling video?”


CNN journalist Andrew Kaczynski who went on the Witch Hunt for HanAssholeSolo also deleted a tweet from 2012 and was promptly called out by Donald Trump Jr (whose Twitter account has been on fire).


It appears that CNN got the wrong guy. As Buzzfeed of all places points out:

As Reddit was celebrating HanAssholeSolo’s victory, one user pointed out that what Trump tweeted wasn’t actually HanAssholeSolo’s GIF.


While Solo maintains it was his video with sound added, Buzzfeed also notes that HanAssholeSolo’s original GIF was shorter, had a different aspect ratio and had a WWE logo in the corner.


Also according to TweetDeck, Trump’s tweet was sent from an iPhone, so someone would have had to send it to the President via private message or emailed attachment, and was uploaded to Twitter via his camera roll. Per Buzzfeed:

Someone downloaded the GIF that HanAssholeSolo originally posted to Reddit. Then that person cropped it to better fit a video player like Facebook or YouTube. Then they went through the effort of syncing it back up with audio from the original clip. Then that person put it somewhere where Trump or one of Trump’s people could see it and download it. Then whoever found the video version had to get it to Trump’s phone.

Lastly, an unverified 4chan user from Mexico claims to have created the GIF months ago.

CNN Blackmails Source of Donald Trump Wrestling Video
Joel Pollak, Breitbart.com, Jul 4 2017

CNN threatened Tuesday to expose the identity of the Reddit user who had claimed credit for creating the spoof wrestling video that Pres Trump tweeted on Sunday morning, showing him fighting the cable network. After reporting Monday that the Reddit user, “HanAssholeSolo,” had a history of racist and antisemitic tweets, CNN tracked him (apparently, he is male) down and attempted to make contact with him by email and telephone. On Tuesday, the Reddit user posted an apology (since deleted, but reprinted in full below, via Buzzfeed News). CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski then reported Tuesday that CNN had “identified the man behind the account,” and had spoken with the Reddit user after he posted his apology. The Reddit user reportedly “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,” Kaczynski said. Ultimately, CNN decided not to reveal his identity, not for safety reasons but for political ones, apparently rewarding him for apologizing and recanting his views. In addition, CNN threatened to expose the Reddit user’s identity in future if it disapproved of his behavior or his statements, essentially blackmailing him:

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.

Critics pounced on CNN’s decision:

Kaczynski defended the story on Twitter:

The Reddit user’s full apology is as follows:

My fellow redditors,

First of all, I would like to apologize to the members of the reddit community for getting this site and this sub embroiled in a controversy that should never have happened. I would also like to apologize for the posts made that were racist, bigoted, and anti-semitic. I am in no way this kind of person, I love and accept people of all walks of life and have done so for my entire life. I am not the person that the media portrays me to be in real life, I was trolling and posting things to get a reaction from the subs on reddit and never meant any of the hateful things I said in those posts. I would never support any kind of violence or actions against others simply for what they believe in, their religion, or the lifestyle they choose to have. Nor would I carry out any violence against anyone based upon that or support anyone who did.

As time went on it became an addiction as to how far it could go with the posts that were made. This has been an extreme wake up call to always consider how others may think or feel about what is being said before clicking the submit button anywhere online that an opinion is allowed. Free speech is a right we all have, but it shouldn’t be used in the manner that it was in the posts that were put on this site. Just because you are behind a keyboard doesn’t mean you can’t hurt someone with your words or cause a situation such as this one where a simple meme is misconstrued as calling for violence.

I do not advocate violence against the press and the meme I posted was in no way advocating that in any way, shape or form. Our first amendment protects the press from things like violence, and we as Pindo sheeple should respect that even if the opinions of the press are not in line with our own. The meme was created purely as satire, it was not meant to be a call to violence against CNN or any other news affiliation. 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.

The Internet and social media is capable of many great things, and this is an example of the not so great things that it can do. Trolling to get a reaction out of people is not the best way to make a point, the way to do it is to present your facts in a manner to convey the message that will not invoke anger. To people who troll on the Internet for fun, consider your words and actions conveyed in your message and who it might upset or anger. Put yourself in their shoes before you post it. If you have a problem with trolling it is an addiction just like any other addiction someone can have to something and don’t be embarrassed to ask for help. Trolling is nothing more than bullying a wide audience. Don’t feed your own self-worth based upon inflicting suffering upon others online just because you are behind a keyboard. We as redditors and as Pindosis are better than this.

So to the members of this community, the site, the media (especially CNN), and anyone offended by the posts, again I apologize. This is one individual that you will not see posting hurtful or hateful things in jest online. This is my last post from this account and I wanted to do it on a positive note and hopefully it will heal the controversy that this all caused. Peace.

“The more you know yourself, the less judgmental you become” ― Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

“#CNNBlackmail” has begun trending on Twitter, as of 11:19 pm EDT.

Did CNN’s Chris Cuomo Break The Law When He Sent This Now-Deleted Tweet?
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jul 5 2017

Earlier this morning CNN host Chris Cuomo tweeted out, then promptly deleted, a message asking whether he should reveal the name of the Reddit user who made the now infamous Trump-CNN wrestling video. He went on to imply that the whole purpose of outing the video’s creator would be to humiliate him for other posts he shared anonymously on a Reddit thread.

Cuomo’s tweet seemed to mimic a similar threat made by CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski that was released earlier this morning (which we covered here).

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Unfortunately for Cuomo, Kaczynski and all of CNN for that matter, it seems they probably should have brushed up on their knowledge of extortion laws before making their thinly-veiled threats. As Ted Cruz subsequently pointed out, Georgia law (the home of CNN’s headquarters) strictly defines “theft by exortion” to include “dissemination of any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule or to impair his credit or business repute.”

Of course, Cuomo produces his show in New York so those backward Georgia laws don’t apply to him.  That said, Julian Assange conveniently points out that New York also has its own rather unfavorable views of things like “coercion” and “extortion.”

Of course, this isn’t the first time Cuomo has openly displayed his ignorance of the law.  As you may recall, he warned CNN viewers back in October that it was “illegal” for ordinary citizens to take a look at John Podesta’s emails as posted on WikiLeaks…

Remember, it’s illegal to possess these stolen documents. It’s different for the media. So everything you learn about this you are learning from us.

All of which makes Project Veritas’ latest CNN video, which features a producer saying that he “just can’t stand” Cuomo, all that much more entertaining.

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