CNN has crossed a line. Think about this. They basically hunted down a person for making a gif file, for engaging in political satire, and threatened him unless he, straightened up, you might say. Ann Althouse weighs in
This is Andrew Kaczynski at CNN, who doesn’t seem to have any idea how bad this is:
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….
So, when did the media’s job become bullying those engaging in free speech, satirists, or anyone that offends the Brownshirts at CNN? I am sure Stalin would approve of CNN targeting someone for exercising a God-given liberty! Stalin did not believe in liberty, neither does CNN apparently. Who else might find themselves on CNN’s radar?
Remember, this is not about media bias, or fake news. This is a weaponized media going after an American citizen for engaging in commentary/satire/parody. Think long and hard about that. How can any CNN reporter or anchor not tender their resignation over these deplorable tactics? This is thuggery, period! Even liberal outlets are stunned
“I can’t emphasize how bad this is on CNN’s part,” wrote German Lopez, a reporter for liberal website Vox. “This is basically ‘don’t post stuff we don’t like or we’ll dox you.’ Extremely unethical.”
“That’s essentially blackmail. That’s CNN stating that it will out the guy if he dares to defy their political perspective or offends them sufficiently,” wrote conservative commentator Ben Shapiro. “The whole story is frightening, and obviously an attempt to both nail Trump and discourage people from smacking CNN.”
So, I suppose we all should do what we think best. And being intimidated? Not me! Here ya go CNN!