I didn’t even know CNN could go this low

You’ve probably heard that President Trump tweeted some gif somebody made that had a CNN block logo superimposed over an anonymous body at a professional wrestling match with Trump coming out of nowhere and body slamming the guy and then strutting off. My take was that was his response and victory strutt over the nonsense between him and Morning Joe and Mika.

I’m schizoid about this stuff, so I was evenly divided with myself – yes, it was hilarious, and equally yes, it was conduct tradition and I have assumed is beneath the dignity of the nation’s Head of State.  But you know, tradition and I are out of touch.  The left has worked very, very hard to denormalize and shame tradition out of the public arena, and a lot of other people have put forth a compelling case that since the left decapitated all norms of civil discord with those with whom you disagree, they can now suck it up and accept the consequences.  Decorum is dead, and those who killed it don’t get to complain about the lack of it.

CNN is going out of its way to convince you that those who say the time for civil discord with their ilk is long past are absolutely, utterly correct.

Stung by being mocked, CNN has gone after the maker of the gif?  Keep that in mind- the creator of that GIF, a stupid but funny form of modern communication popular among the young and technically savvy, is now their target.

They tracked him down and extorted an apology.  Then they bragged about it.  And then they puffed up their collective chests and boasted some more- I promise this is real, I am totally not making it up, this is what they said:

“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.”

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In the phone interview on Tuesday, “HanA**holeSolo” said the White House did not ask his permission to use the GIF, and said he probably would have said no if they had.”


Obviously, they are taking a LOT of flack for this blackmailing thuggery.

So they explained:

“FYI “HanAssholeSolo” just called me.”I am in total agreement with your statement. I was not threatened in anyway.”

Most people saw this for what it was- the victim called the Godfather and said he still agreed with whatever the Godfather wanted him to agree with.  Personally, i don’t think he called out of the blue.  I believe the CNN reporter called and left an ominous ‘call me back’ message, and he obeyed.

So CNN tried to explain some more:

“This line is being misinterpreted. It was intended only to mean we made no agreement w/the man about his identity.”

Of course, ‘CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change’ is exactly how normal, nonthreatening, nonbullies would say ‘we made no agreement.’

They shouldn’t have gone this direction in the first place.  Like the ‘vetting’ of the private citizen Joe the Plumber who merely asked a question of the politician who showed up on his lawn, this is a chilling example of the media showing us they thing they are not only our superiors, but they are enforcers who have the right to come after private citizens for speech, for merely mocking CNN.    Once they made the indefensible decision to go after this schmuck, they should have stopped with ‘CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen’.

Everything after that is, at best, bullying.   And that’s the nicest thing one can say about it.

Oh, good Lord. Updated to add- there is a possibility the poor cowered and bullied Reddit user being threatened by the brave staff of one of the largest news agencies in the world may be a 15 year old kid.

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