Some guy made a GIF showing Trump wrestling with CNN and posted it on Reddit.
CNN got their tender, thin-skinned panties in a bunch, tracked the guy down, and forced him to publish an apology!
Notice how they say “Exclusive”, like they’re PROUD of the fact that their multi-billion dollar conglomerate targeted a private citizen for posting a funny piece of political satire on the internet.
CNN also threatened to dox* the offender if he should ever step one toe out of line again.
*dox (däks) search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.
IOW, “We accept your apologies but reserve the right to completely ruin your life.”
And the media wonders why we hate them.
Hey CNN, did you check with your legal department before you threatened to dox this guy? Ummmmmm … that would be a no.
Ted Cruz posted the following in a series of tweets:
Troubling. I assume CNN’s lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion. If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker’s IP, it’s a GA crime if they threatened to “Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule.”
Another relevant crim law: NY § 135.60: “A person is guilty of coercion in the second degree when he…induces a person to abstain from engaging in conduct in which he…has a legal right to engage…by means of instilling…a fear…the actor will expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule.”
Plus, the guy CNN targeted was apparently not the person who originated the content. According to an investigation by BuzzFeed, the original piece was a YouTube video with audio. The guy CNN targeted turned part of it into a GIF.
Even worse, it seems that CNN knew the GIF wasn’t the original, but they couldn’t find whoever made the YouTube video, so they stomped their big old jackboot down on the neck of the GIF maker.
CNN used to be about journalism. Now it’s just a fascist organization publishing left-wing agitprop.*
*agitprop: political (originally communist) propaganda.