CNN went to great lengths to unearth the identity of anonymous Reddit user, HannAssholeSolo, for creating a joke GIF of Donald Trump beating up a CNN logo that was tweeted by the president himself. Because of CNN’s hourly anti-Trump agenda, the network set off its sleuths to get the man’s identity and threaten to out him if he did not apologize. His apology was swift and CNN is loving every minute of his grief.
On Wednesday’s New Day, co-anchor Alisyn Camerota said what the network had done was “remarkable” and that the subsequent, and forced, apology was “remarkable.” Here are her remarks:
“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, who took credit for it—and then here comes the remarkable part: he apologized. He apologized for having done this…
“The reason that I think this is so notable, Chris Cillizza, is because this is a very full-throated, I think, genuine, honest apology. He has also asked that we not reveal his name or whereabouts and we at CNN are honoring that because he’s apologized and he thinks that he would then be in danger and at risk if other people knew his name. We get it. We understand that. So I don’t know, I just think that this is just a very interesting addendum to this whole story."
CNN has stated that it will not publish the man’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,” but added, “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”
Fellow New Day co-anchor Chris Cuomo didn’t see through Camerota’s rose-colored glasses and said the man only apologized after he was “exposed and identified.” But Camerota said that was “good enough” and added, “I just see this as a possible glimmer of hope.”
It's not hope when a major news network threatens to out private citizens for making online jokes aimed at them.