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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

What’s Up, Doxx?

A fellow at Reddit_The_Donald dared to anonymously make a silly video mocking CNN.

On the 241st anniversary of our nation's birth, this corporate monster threatened to expose who the man was to his family, friends, neighbors, and employer if he did not apologize and take down that video and other videos that CNN did not like.

This is called doxxing, as in making private documents public.

The victim of CNN's threat to doxx complied last night. But dawn brought sunshine -- and exposed this corporate attack on free speech for what it is: Evil.

What CNN's Andrew Kaczynski reported:
The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump's tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted -- one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him.
Reddit user"HanA**holeSolo" first shared the GIF last Wednesday of Trump pummeling a wrestler with CNN's logo imposed on his face. CNN could find no earlier instance of the GIF. The GIF was later edited into a video with sound and tweeted by the President on Sunday.
On Reddit, "HanA**holeSolo" took credit for inspiring the tweet. Soon after, "HanA**holeSolo's" other posts on Reddit, some of which included racist and anti-Semitic imagery, quickly circulated on social media.
Now the user is apologizing, writing in a lengthy post on Reddit that he does not advocate violence against the press and expressing remorse there and in an interview with CNN for other posts he made that were racist and anti-Semitic.
The apology came after CNN's KFile identified the man behind "HanA**holeSolo." Using identifying information that "HanA**holeSolo" posted on Reddit, KFile was able to determine key biographical details, to find the man's name using a Facebook search and ultimately corroborate details he had made available on Reddit.
On Monday, KFile attempted to contact the man by email and phone but he did not respond. On Tuesday, "HanA**holeSolo" posted his apology on the subreddit /The_Donald and deleted all of his other posts.
Then came the deadly passage that I hope leads to litigation or even a criminal investigation:
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.
CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.
Time-Warner just admitted its CNN subsidiary threatened to expose a private citizen's identity, even though doing so goes against company policy.

Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker II?

The Washington Times reported on this evil.

Matt Drudge linked the story.

The world now knows how evil CNN is.

From Cheryl K. Chumley of the Washington Times:
CNN, already down in the dumps about skewed coverage that led to the departure of three network news staffers, is now walking a Twitter hall of shame with a hashtag that showcases the company as less than honorable — as one and the same with, say, mobsters and the criminal underworld.
#CNNBlackmail soared to the top of trending Twitter feeds in the United States, the somewhat predictable result of the company’s seeming foray into — well, blackmail. And of a private citizen, no less.
Here’s what’s going on: Sunday, President Donald Trump linked a video in his tweet that showed him wrestling CNN to the ground. The video was created by an individual who goes by the Reddit name of HanA**holeSolo.
The video caused quite a disturbance among the candy-eaters of the left, who cried that Trump’s tweet of it constituted a call to violent arms against the media.
But of course, the real threat to freedom comes not from a president who tweets back at critics, but from an ogre of a news organization that strikes out at any critic.

Threatening to out a critic is scummy -- and could be evidence that CNN is a Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organization.

More from Chumley:
Take a memo, CNN. It’s one thing to go after a president with skewed reporting and agenda-driven partisanship. But it’s quite another to threaten and bully an innocent citizen into silence. The people don’t like that.
And on the day of celebrating the great Declaration of Independence from tyranny and despotic rule. For shame.
But expect its colleagues in crime at MSNBC and elsewhere to circle wagons around this evil network. They will declare arbitrarily that he deserves it because they think he is racist, sexist, xenophobic, or whatever else.

Guess what? In America it is legal to be deplorable, and expressing those deplorable views in a peaceful way is protected by the Constitution.

The Supreme Court even (and wrongly I believe) said you can burn a cross in the yard of an interracial couple (the justice who is in an interracial marriage voted against this; sometimes experience matters).

You can burn an American flag.

But you cannot mock CNN anonymously without having your life threatened by exposure?

Threatening to unmask someone unless they apologize seems like extortion to me.

CNN bragged about it this morning.

From Real Clear Politics:
CNN 'New Day': CNN Promised Not To Identify Pro-Trump Reddit User If He Apologized; "A Nice Thing"
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's New Day, hosts Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota addressed the apology the network was able to get from the Reddit user behind the gif of President Trump wrestling a CNN image superimposed on WWE founder Vince McMahon. Trump tweeted out the gif and received widespread condemnation from the mainstream media.
"Something remarkable I thought happened yesterday, I thought it was remarkable that CNN found the Reddit user who created the gif of Donald Trump and the wrestling video and where he punches CNN, so the investigative team went back and found the guy who first created this he took credit for it, and then here comes the remarkable part, he apologized. He apologized for having done this," Camerota said.
"This is a very full-throated I think genuine honest apology. He has also asked we not reveal his name or whereabouts and we at CNN are honoring that," the co-host also said.
Notably, CNN decided not to reveal the identity of the Reddit user, HanAssholeSolo, if he issued an apology and promised not to continue publishing racist material. Some political commenters are calling the move by the CNN investigative team extortion. Donald Trump Jr. retweeted Dave Rubin's accusation that CNN extorted a private citizen for legal behavior.
Instead of threatening to kneecap the guy, this cowardly network threatened to expose him.


This is modus operandi at CNN.


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  1. Word is he's 15 years old. Probably trying to protect his Dad's job from the Stasi.

    When will these kids learn that the only people who have unqualified freedom of speech are those who produce fake news and pornographers? The rest of us have to huddle under pseudonymous anonymity.

    1. Boycott CNN and all of their advertisers "for the children".

    2. Not only 15. Apparently one of the beloved minorities that shall not be challenged LGBTQ.....

    3. Word is he/she is actually someone in their 40s and has (had) a long string of vile tweets against Jews, Muslims and African-Americans.

    4. And? Does that make CNN's threat against him/her/it all okay?

    5. Word is...

      Who cares? See my first comment. Are blacks, Jews, Muslims, Fake News producers and pornographers special protected classes that are the only people with free speech in this country?

    6. Word is Quack you should get your facts straight first. "15-year old kid." Yea, right. It is a middle age person from the South.
      "Free speech" rightfully comes with consequences. Civics 101. Just ask Don "put that animal down" Surber. Should the people who have threatened violence against the person who exposed Han be protected by free speech? If Han was such a believer in free speech like you, why did he apologize?

    7. "Consequences" of free speech include being criticized in return, or (if a crime was committed, which is not the case here) legal penalties. They do not include CNN blackmailing him. You can't really be that dense as to not know the difference, can you?

      As for why did he apologize: gee, why did people apologize in the face of the Inquisition or of Stalinist show trials either?

    8. Alex - good try but you are out of your league. Please present - in U.S. legal system terms (not Internet babble) - how CNN is "blackmailing" this person?
      To say that "Han" has apologized because he if facing persecution equivalent to the Inquisition or Stalinist trials shows just how far out in space you right wing whackos are (while keeping good company with plenty of left-wing whackos out there as well). 20-plus comments now. You are welcome Don.

    9. Nice try yourself, Ass. No one knows for sure what the facts are regarding age. So CNN says he's middle aged. They are known liars. Only way they can prove he's not is to give away the game.


      And nice try about the comparison to the Inquisition or Stalin being "unhinged," from the side that's been comparing Trump (and his Republican predecessors) to Hitler.

    11. Thanks for agreeing with me Alex. The far right is just as unhinged as the far left.
      Quack - same ole, same ole. Never answer my questions but the second-grade playground name calling is ever-present. I like being in your head Teaquack - there's a lot of room to roam.

    12. You are the one who keeps coming here and calling me out. You need to get straight who is living in whose head.

    13. Apparently "Anonymous" has no problem with doxxing so I'm sure it won't have a problem with being doxxed itself.

      It thinks it is Anonymous but it really isn't. Apparently it doesn't know that its IP address is listed on every post it makes on the admin page. I really don't think Anonymous is smart enough to hack and spoof an IP caddy through ten or so severs over four continents to make itself truly Anonymous. Even then it would be easy to catch with some persistence.

    14. Caddy= Addy as in address. Sorry for not catching that.

  2. Ya know, it's not like we needed one MORE reason to despise CNN, but it's like the unending spam and junk mail we get--a never ending increase of reasons to despise CNN.

  3. June 28, NYPost "CNN boss in crosshairs if AT&T-Time Warner merger approved"

    “There was early talk about the way Zucker managed that wasn’t a good fit for the new organization,” (ed. AT&T) one source said. “They were eyeing ways to neutralize him.”

    "That desire leaves Zucker facing an uncertain future that includes the possibility of getting unceremoniously dumped, one source said."

    Recall that *everything* that goes out on social media via CNN is approved by corporate--*everything*.

    This threat to dox a 15 year old (meaning a minor, so, his parents as well) was therefore approved by CNN corporate.

    So, is it that CNN is just a large collection of the dumbest people on earth (don't answer), or do they actually wish to tube the merger and die on their satanic cross?

    NYPost continues (same source): "“What would be the reason to fire him?” one CNN insider asked, adding AT&T would risk losing credibility and perhaps top news talent."

    That was June 28th.

    If there is one thing AT&T seeks to maintain, it's a bland profitable empire.

  4. The best CNN can hope for is they come out of this battle like Rosie O'Donnell.

    Me thinks that Don's first rule of doing battle with PDJT will be shattered by this!!


    CNN is getting schlonged.

    1. It is truly amazing how he goads his enemies into destroying themselves.

    2. Does that include Russia, Syria, North Korea, China, Iran, to name a few?

    3. If Trump is causing North Korea to destroy itself by having that country successfully launch an ICBM missile, then I shudder to think how Russia and China are "destroying themselves."

    4. Watch and learn.
      Meanwhile, love your defense of CNN. Oh wait, you don't want to discuss the content of the post.

    5. Actually I have discussed the content of the post if you look above - all the while I am not defending CNN. Don, you take strawman argument to new heights, which of course is not a compliment.

    6. Hard to tell the "anonymous" apart without a name tag at the end.

  5. It has the classic elements of extortion and blackmail. It wasn't the wrestling gif they used to extort an apology or ruin his life but rather digging around in his other "history" of CNN comments regarding the ethnicity of many CNN "talent" which brings the ruinous "racist" tag. So it was a classic extortion of digging up something which has nothing to do with the original offense of making fun of CNN. I believe the "@$$hole" has a civil cause of action against CNN for extortion. I bet ATT thinks so too.

  6. Ted Kaczynski Was the Unibomber.

    Andrew Kaczynski IS the CNNbomber.

    1. Remember back when he was with BuzzFeed, he was one of the ones who made Justine Sacco's life a hell because of one joking tweet.

    2. Andrew Kaczynski The 2017 version of a Polish joke.

  7. So, is Sucker poisoning the well like a tenant under eviction does?
    AT&T might get the nutwork for pennies, then be forced to write it off as a total loss.

    1. There is a lot of overlap of AT&T and Comcast availability. One of my sons swithed his internet from Comcast to AT&T and dropped TV going to streaming in order to lower his bills and take away support for the left. If AT&T is smart, they will want to offer an alternative to the leftism in major media after they acquire the network. Price won't be the only thing people are looking at. One other thing to remember is that most TV watching these days is by the elderly. They will be more likely to switch if offered the right product.

  8. Will the next CEO of CNN be a transgendered minor? Inquiring minds want to kn..... No, we don't.

  9. You only have cnn's word that I am racist, homophobic, etc. And, we all know how creditable cnn is. If everyone takes credit, hanassholo is protected. I did it.

  10. I was up till 2AM following #CNNBlackmail which is still trending strong. Drudge has this on the top, 5 links and a picture of the meme; CNN has really put their foot in it, bigly!

    Seems to me like they've just tied their shoelaces together, dropped their trousers, and peed on the biggest hornet's nest they could find! They seem to be so clueless at CNN. Remember Shia Lebouf and how the autists at /pol/ and 4Chan found where he was hiding his flag, then replaced it with a MAGA hat & Pepe the Frog?

    There isn't enough popcorn for this event. Now /pol/ has gone to war against CNN, and I know who I'm betting on! Really, it won't surprise me if a lot of people at CNN decide to retire or quit. They're toast!!

  11. If CNN was so quickly able to chase down the meme-maker's identity, why (after nine or ten years) have they been unable to dig up Obama's transcripts from school, or his passport information for his college-years trip to Pakistan?

    1. They only deal in important stuff. I've moved them to the top of my most hated list. Knocking Jane Fonda off after leading for 50 years.

  12. Anyone remember this? (How could you forget?):
    Bolduan: “One, we protect sources. Two, it’s not just CNN. It’s Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, NBC.”

    “Who are the sources?” Higbie asked repeatedly. “Oh, because they’re hiding behind this anonymity.”

    Bolduan could no longer hold back the boiling steam:

    “Oh, puh-lease! Puh-lease! [angry clapping] Do not even start with me that you’re just going to attack sources. That is ridiculous! …

    “You cannot attack the stellar reporters of CNN who have their sources and would protect their sources.”

    See? It's their tradition to protect sources, whoever they might be...

  13. If word on the street is true, Time Inc is on the block. Conservative buyers are interested. Imagine CNN as a new competitor for Fox, Time mag as the new go-to for the NR disaffected, and Sports Illustrated disinfected of liberal lice. The New Media arises. Hey, I can dream. Just like I did two years ago when I boarded The Train.

  14. I just find it hard to believe that CNN managed to find this person via searches. These people are the elite. They go to other elites to find info. The in club. I believe they would have contacted the people who run the websites to find out. Would love to be able to do some digging on it. CDM

  15. I want to make a CNN flag so I can burn it.