FROM WOODWARD AND BERNSTEIN TO WOEFUL AND BLACKMAIL – The chronicles of modern journalism:
In 1974, the media brought down the president.
In 2017, the media couldn’t bring down the president, but they managed to find the guy who made a gif that hurt their feelings.
CNN has come under fire for suggesting it will publish the identity of a private citizen if he behaves in a way that displeases the network.
Andrew Kaczynski, senior editor of CNN’s KFile, discovered the identity of the Reddit user who made a short video of President Trump tackling a man with CNN’s logo superimposed on his face to the ground.
CNN is withholding the man’s identity “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,” Mr. Kaczynski wrote in an article published Tuesday night.
“CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change,” he continued.
The video, taken from a 2007 World Wrestling Entertainment show in which Mr. Trump made an appearance, caused a firestorm when it was posted to Twitter by the president Sunday morning.
By all accounts, the user, going under a name HanAssholeSolo, is not a pleasant person, having in the past posted anti-Semitic and racist content. But this is an ex post facto justification for hunting down a private person who made ridiculously cartoonish gif against a global broadcasting giant. How dare anyone criticise us?
Everything you accuse others of being, you are.