Wednesday, July 05, 2017

CNN Is Evil And Crazy

So apparently CNN has now extracted an apology from the Reddit user who made the Trump video by threatening to dox him.
   So CNN is now using the tactics of the PC left against someone for making a perfectly innocent, entirely non-threatening video....because Trump tweeted it, and CNN finds it politically and financially expedient to pretend that it's a threat.

[Update:
So allegedly the creator of the evil Trump / CNN wrestling meme...obviously a crime against humanity of biblical proportions...has also posted many racist and antisemitic comments on Reddit. So CNN doxes the guy on the basis of patently false accusations that the meme is a threat or incitement to violence...then they find out that the guy has allegedly made unsavory comments. Then they threaten to release his name unless he'll apologize...for the original video about which there is nothing whatsoever to apologize for...   So a major news organization lies about protected political expression, then investigates the author of the expression and finds something unsavory in his history (also protected speech, just for the record) that they know will bring down the wrath of society on the guy (just wrath...but that's only semi-relevant)...and they coerce him into apologizing for his original political speech of which they disapprove by threatening to throw him to the wolves...
   And the left is tripping all over itself to defend CNN.
   If this were Fox hunting down the author of an anti-Trump...I dunno...poem or something, doxxing them, finding out that they'd made bigoted anti-Christian and/or anti-white comments or whatever...or buying their pr0n history or something and threatening to reveal it...I expect liberals and conservatives would just switch tunes perfectly.]

[Update: here's CNN's psycho statement about all this:
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 behaviour 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.
Creepy enough for you?
   David French is pretty much right here.
   My own view is that it would have been alright for CNN to track down the meme-maker if they had not been lying about the message of the meme, and had not hunted him down for the purpose of retaliating against him for political speech. But once they started lying about the message of the gif, pretty much nothing they did subsequently was justified. furthermore, I don't have a problem with people doxxing assholes because of their assholery. So if someone--other than a massive international news organization that was lying about some of his protected political speech already--had doxxed him because they were fed up with his bigoted bullshit...then you wouldn't have heard any complains from me. But that's not what happened. Said organization lied about the content, searched out the meme-maker specifically to punish him for political expression it disapproved of, and threatened to use its massive soapbox to ruin his life by exposing his (actual) assholery.
   Screw CNN. I'm boycotting them as of now.]

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doxxing can have very severe consequences. There are tons of very public examples of people losing their jobs or businesses as a result of a doxx or twitter lynch mob resulting from a bad joke spread unwisely by the media (cf Justine Sacco). If you go deeper into the SJW-infested corners of the web, you can find cases of people being driven to suicide based on doxxing combined with false accusations of racism. I think we should be very circumspect in recommending that sort of treatment, because it is very easy for that punishment to exceed the crime, and not only that, you have no way to control the severity of the punishment.

Also, I would suggest taking CNNs claim he made racist statements with a grain of salt. I saw he was posting on /r/ImGoingToHellForThis. In which case he is being tasteless, but not clearly being abusive. Of course, there's no way to know because the guy deleted the account before everyone tried to doxx him when the story broke. I'd say it's 75/25 whether he is a genuinely awful troll.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other perhaps related comment, but I couldn't help but notice the airport was playing CNBC today.

11:14 PM  

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