Wow. Just wow. It was one thing for CNN to take a recent beating, but it’s a whole other kettle of fish for the network to start an all out war against online communities. The likes of Reddit (certain boards), 4Chan, among others are now taking action against CNN by hitting up advertisers, crafting some killer memes, and smearing the company.
The media is in a bad state as it is across the Western world where trust in organizations is low, but this is taking things to a whole new level — thanks to #CNNBlackMail. Essentially, someone created a .GIF image about CNN being taken out by Trump, which was shared by the President on Twitter. Obviously, this didn’t go down too well with some even going to extremes to state this would incite violence against journalists.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2017
CNN responded by tracking down this person (or a person, since now it’s reported they got the wrong guy), having an interview, and threatening to reveal information to the public should this person cease to create such imagery. No, seriously. The network literally did this in an article.
CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name because he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed 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.
The above extract was bolded by myself for highlight purposes. Even Vox pointed out that this appeared to be rather disturbing. Threatening to dox anyone is a dumb move, especially a private citizen who is not in the spotlight as a public figure, and who likely may suffer severe consequences should such details be published. As noted above, there’s the possibility that CNN actually got the wrong person, which makes things even worse. (Some even believe the person “HanAssholeSolo to be just 15 years-old.)
I wonder how long it’ll take for CNN to discover who kicked off the hashtag. But this is all becoming ridiculous. The President was not inciting violence against the press, it’s a meme. Whoever created the meme did not incite violence against the media, it’s a meme. Now, 4Chan, Reddit and other online groups are combining forces to create even more memes about CNN, contact their advertisers in an attempt to cause damage in response to the madness that occurred.
And finally, those who oppose the elected President have plays where he is assassinated and have celebrities pose with a severed head and that’s fine, but both Trump and a meme creator are inciting violence? Apparently, everyone missed the point of violence depicted against the President, but a meme about a company? Shit, that is violent, frightening and wrong. This world is fucked, I tell you.
Also lol, oh Salon.