CNN, one of the largest networks worldwide, is under major fire after they posted an article related to President Trump’s controversial GIF of him ‘taking down’ CNN in a wrestling match. See Trump’s tweet that sparked CNN’s apparent outrage below.
According to Fox News, the article posted by CNN on July 5th of 2017 seemed to ‘imply the network would reveal the person’s identity [who created the GIF] if he reneged on an apology’.
Fox also points out that Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz stated CNN may potentially have a 'legal problem'. Cruz shared his thoughts about CNN’s article on Twitter, calling it ‘troubling’.
The article states, “CNN is not publishing ‘HanA**holeSolo's’ [Reddit user who claimed credit for creating Trump's tweet] 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.”
The article ends with an apparent threat to release the user’s actual identity if he changes his mind. “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.” Read CNN’s full article here.
Following the incident, #CNNBlackMail was trending on Twitter the morning of July 5th. President Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., also commented on the matter.