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No, Dummies, CNN Did Not Blackmail the Trump Meme Maker #CNNBlackmail

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | July 5, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Social Media | July 5, 2017 |

D.G. Davies notwithstanding, Trump supporters — with the assistance of Julian Assange and Twitter bots — are reprehensibly good at distorting the facts to suit their agenda. Somehow, the alt-Nazis have managed to make hay of the President of the fucking United States tweeting a meme showing him beating up CNN:

I’m sure all of you have seen that. And I’m sure that all of you know by now that the originator of that image was a dude on Reddit, HanAssholeSolo, with a history of racist, anti-semitic posts. CNN managed to figure out that guy’s identity — though it did not release his name — and that guy has since deleted all of his Reddit posts and apologized.

“I would like to apologise to the members of the Reddit community for getting this site and this sub embroiled in a controversy that should never have happened,” Reddit user “HanAssholeSolo” wrote. “I am in no way this kind of person. I love and accept people of all walks of life and have done so my entire life.

It sounds like the kind of apology one might write when they are scared that their family members or co-workers might discover who they really are on the Internet. You don’t write “FUCK ISLAM,” as a “prank” or “in jest.”

But whatevs.

The point is, CNN figured out who this guy is — it wasn’t that hard, apparently — and while it didn’t release his name, alt-Nazi Twitter has pounced on one particular line in CNN’s article re: the identity of HanAssholeSolo:

CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.

That one line inspired a hashtag that has been trending all morning: #CNNBlackmail

You get the picture. There’s a lot of this, and a lot of people accusing CNN of doxxing a 15-year-old.

OK, well one: CNN never blackmailed anyone.

Two, the guy is a middle-aged man not a 15-year-old.

And three, even HanAssholeSolo agrees with CNN that he wasn’t blackmailed:

So, there you go, folks, and always remember: The people shouting #fakenews the loudest are invariably the ones manufacturing the #fakenews. And I’m sure Trump supporters will quickly apologize for their … oh fuck it.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.