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CNN Now Black Blackmailing Private Citizen

In a 4th of July article, CNN’s website stated that the Reddit user responsible for creating an animated image mocking the network had apologized 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.”

In the article, CNN promised not to reveal the user’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…(here’s the kicker)…the network said it “reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”

Wow!  Blackmail much?

Well, the popular opinion on Twitter suggests people aren’t too fond of how the network handled this, and they’ve shown this by making “#CNNBlackMail” the latest top trending hashtag.

Below are just a few noteworthy examples:

And naturally, the network’s plan backfired in a major way, as gifs, memes, and additional animated images have ensued, further mocking and ridiculing the network.

CNN should be ashamed of itself.  A major media network blackmailing a private citizen over something that was created “purely as satire,” meant as “a prank, nothing more?” Really? Come on. If it didn’t deserve the ridicule before, it certainly does now.

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