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CNN Blackmails an Internet Troll

It is no secret that President Trump’s relationship with the mainstream media is a toxic one, especially when it comes to CNN, or as President Trump now likes to call it, ‘FNN’ (Fraud News Network). But recent developments have moved the situation to a whole new level.

On Sunday, July 2nd, President Trump, being the troll that he is, decided to tweet a GIF specifically to show his distaste for CNN. The GIF was of him at WWE’s Wrestlemania ten years ago where he ferociously beat WWE’s owner, Vince McMahon, who had the CNN logo photoshopped over his face.

Although many saw this tweet as childish, most saw it as hilarious. And then there was CNN, who ridiculously acted as if the harmless GIF was a threat. But evidently they decided they weren’t acting hysterically enough and eventually tracked down the original poster of the GIF and threatened to reveal his name to the public if he didn’t stop posting offensive content. This is, in legal standards, known as ‘blackmail.’

It’s as if CNN wasn’t suffering enough after Project Veritas leaked a video exposing that their agenda was to push the Russia-Trump collision story while admitting that they had little to no evidence whatsoever. Now, CNN has seemingly stooped to a new low and have blackmailed the Reddit troll who created the GIF just days after Trump tweeted it. It wasn’t long before CNN was able to track down where the GIF originated who created it, and while we do not know what CNN directly said to the user, it is apparent that they blackmailed him.

All in all, CNN blackmailing someone honestly isn’t that shocking, especially after the release of the tapes in which a CNN supervising producer saying the whole Trump colluding with Russia story is “Mostly bulls*** right now,” and “We don’t have any big giant proof.”

After the network contacted the user they deleted all the posts from their account, and made the following statement:

“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,” he wrote. “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.”

You may say to yourself, “That doesn’t really prove that they blackmailed him.” But just looking at that statement alone makes me question whether they blackmailed the user. I’ve found there to be a unique cultural aspect of internet trolls where they are resilient and never apologize for anything they create. However, CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski basically admitted that the company blackmailed the user when he wrote:

“ 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.”

This is clear proof that CNN blackmailed this person by threatening to release his name if he did not comply with their demands. It is sad, yet hilarious, to see how far CNN will go to try and stop people from making their failing brand look even worse. It’s also sad and cowardly that a news network would threaten to ruin someone’s life over a GIF, but I can honestly say that it doesn’t surprise me. If there is one thing that we have learned from the internet, and the trolls whom inhabit it, it is that they will not sit by idly as one of their own is attacked for practicing their art. In response, the trolls have united to destroy what’s left of CNN’s credibility.

Collectively arriving from the dark corners of the internet, trolls on multiple platforms across the web have declared a ‘meme war’ on CNN.

Platforms such as Reddit, 4chan, and iFunny, some of the most well-known places where trolls congregate, are involved in this ‘war,’ and for those of you who don’t know what this means, many users from all of those platforms are posting anti-CNN memes in mass to destroy CNN.

The Reddit, 4chan, and iFunny communities are waging this ‘meme war’ in an attempt to show CNN, and the world, how powerful these communities are with their deep understanding of ‘meme culture,’ which has insurmountable influence online. 

This whole story just amazes me of how easy it is to get under CNN’s skin, and how simple it was to trick them into hitting their ‘self-destruct’ button. Most people on the Right are enjoying the downfall of the corrupt news network, and based on what has happened in the last week, I think everyone on the Right should be happy with the blows CNN has taken and will continue to take for the foreseeable future.

Only time will tell of the effectiveness of the great CNN ‘meme war,’ and it should be fun watching it all unfold.

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About Easton Satterfield (8 Articles)
Currently majoring in Multimedia Journalism at Southeast Missouri State University. Hobbies: Debunking the Liberal ideology.

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